West Missouri: bishop’s statement on Charlottesville violence

[Epicopal Diocese of West Missouri] Aug. 17, 2017 I was on the road when it happened, away from my home and my office, booked solid from dawn ‘til dusk for 10 straight days. I was swamped. Then the news broke from Charlottesville. Confrontation and violence on the streets of a normally beautiful college town. I […]

Alabama: bishop’s statement on Charlottesville

[Episcopal Diocese of Alabama] August 17, 2017 Hello, friends I hope you all know I’m not one to burden you with my opinions every time there’s a story in the news; I hope you know I really don’t want to use my position to talk about politics. But at some point I think I’m failing […]

Connecticut: Statement on Charlottesville violence

[Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut] Aug. 14, 2017 Dear Companions in Christ, We write to you on this day following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Once again a community in our nation has been torn apart by senseless violence resulting in bloodshed and death. We celebrate and uphold our country’s rights of free speech and assembly. […]

Rhode Island: Religious leaders call Christians to prayer this weekend

[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island] The following statement was issued Aug. 17 from the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and the Rev. Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island:As leaders of majority-white churches in Rhode Island, we want to be clear: there is no place in Christianity, or in […]

Southern Virginia: Statement from Bishop Herman Hollerith

[Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Aug. 13, 20017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing to you from South Carolina where I have been taking time off at the beach with my family.  Late yesterday afternoon I learned shocking news of the terrible events that have taken […]

Southwestern Virginia: Bishop’s statement on Charlottesville violence

[Episocpal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia] On behalf of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and in solidarity with the church and its bishops in the Diocese of Virginia, I strongly condemn the violence and hate currently taking place in Charlottesville. There is no place, whatsoever, for white supremacy or hate-filled rhetoric in the streets of Virginia […]

Michigan: ‘Hate has no home here’

[Episcopal Diocese of Michigan] Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Bigotry, hatred and fear have resulted in the loss of life in Virginia this past weekend. Violent, detestable and racist actions do not just affect those who were physically present; they ripple across the country and around the world and continue to wound us physically, mentally […]

Forward Today: Grant us grace

[Foreward Movement] Dear friends in Christ, Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by images and news coming out of Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. The presence of racism in our nation should shock no one, because racism has been the original sin of the United States from its founding. What I found shocking […]

Fort Worth: ‘We are baptized for such moments as this’

[Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth] What happened in Charlottesville must be condemned. As a religious public figure, I rarely use the word “condemn,” as it connotes a type of punishment – typically meaning death. But to condemn an action is to declare it “to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil … without reservation.” What we witnessed […]

California: Bishop denounces Charlottesville violence, calls for non-violent resistance to hate groups

[Episcopal Diocese of California] “With malice toward none, with charity for all…,” so President Lincoln wrote in his Second Inaugural Address, in 1865, with the devastating American Civil War not yet formally concluded. Mr. Lincoln’s ringing words fit with the commitment of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as their leadership […]