Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith responds to Alexandria shooting

Cathedral issues a prayer for representatives, law enforcement injured during the attack

[Washington National Cathedral]  In response to the shots fired on Republican lawmakers on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, while they were conducting baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, issued the following statement:   “Our hearts are heavy today after a gunman opened fire in Alexandria, Virginia, as […]

Washington, Virginia dioceses unite in prayer following Alexandria shootings

Gun violence is not partisan

Gun Violence is Not Partisan. The Episcopal  Dioceses of Washington and Virginia are united in prayer for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise,  Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, and Capitol Police Officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, that they may fully recover from their wounds. We’re praying for those who were in close proximity to the shooting, […]

‘Unholy Trinity’ serves as call to action on poverty, racism, gun violence

Episcopal conference attracted attendees from 37 dioceses, 25 bishops

[Episcopal News Service – Chicago, Illinois] Eager to work toward solutions to the problems of poverty, racism and gun violence, Episcopal bishops, clergy members and lay people gathered for three days last week for a conference in Chicago, the American city that recorded the most homicides in 2016. The city’s recent surge in deadly violence […]

Former Virginia Tech chaplain looks to massacre’s aftermath for lessons in healing

[Episcopal News Service – Chicago, Illinois] When a gunman opened fire killing 28 fellow students, four professors and himself 10 years ago on the campus of Virginia Tech, word of the massacre reached the Rev. Scott Russell through a news broadcast. Terrifying details were being reported on the TVs at JFK International Airport in New […]

Chicago hospital chaplain guides violence victims, families through spiritual crises

[Episcopal News Service – Chicago, Illinois] John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County operates one of the busiest trauma centers in the country. The Chicago hospital has hundreds of physicians, medical residents and fellows on its staff but only one employee with the title of violence prevention coordinator and the word “chaplain” on her […]

As violence surrounds, Chicago school’s partnership with suburban church offers students help, hope

[Episcopal News Service – Chicago, Illinois] At Community Christian Alternative Academy, in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, the dead are still remembered a generation later in bold, black paint. Snake. Pookie. Johnny Rae. Malek. There are others – their names and the years when they died are affixed to two-dimensional tombstones under the letters […]

Massachusetts bishops support assault weapons law enforcement

Attorney general 'working to remove weapons of war from our communities'

[Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts press release] The Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have issued a joint statement of support for Attorney General Maura Healey. In her Op Ed published in the Boston Globe, Healey expresses the importance of state law in the effort to end the bloodshed: “In the face […]

Western Michigan bishop: ‘A response to the violence of our time’

[Diocese of Western Michigan] My dear friends, Last Thursday evening, a large Grand Rapids Police Department SWAT vehicle stopped in front my house. A dozen officers in full riot gear – helmet, body armor, shields and machine guns – moved with precision up the steps towards Dana and me as we sat on our front porch. […]

South Carolina bishop responds to recent violence

[Episcopal Church in South Carolina] Recent violence in our country has raised levels of anxiety and of threat for us all.  Whether the violence originates from frustration, anger, or retaliation, the results permeate society – across races, classes, and ethnicities.  As people of this land, we all are affected. At this time, we remember and pray […]

Showing mercy: Southern Ohio bishop reflects on shootings

Our cathedral recently installed an outdoor exhibit highlighting gun violence. Its appearance eerily coincided with last week’s sad events. Like everyone, I’ve been reflecting on the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and then the five policemen in Dallas: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa. It is relentlessly […]