Prayers for Orlando: Statement from Albany bishop

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ever since learning of the tragic attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday, in which 49 people were brutally murdered and 53 others were critically injured, I have been praying about what to say to the people of this Diocese and the wider community. What do […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from Florida bishop

[Diocese of Florida] As we reflect upon the tragedy of dozens murdered and still more wounded on Sunday in Orlando, we recall how it was that “Jesus wept” at the death of his friend Lazarus. Today we weep at these horrific deaths which grieve our hearts even as they grieve the heart of our Saviour. So […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from Europe bishop

To the faithful in Europe, and all people of good will, Before becoming Bishop, I was rector in a parish in Fort Pierce, in the Diocese of Central Florida, whose see city is Orlando. The killer came from Fort Pierce, where he had worked as a guard at the courthouse across the street from our church. So […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from New Hampshire bishop

Live without fear, your creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you with a power and a presence that is stronger than death. These words, adapted from a prayer of the twelfth century abbess St. Clare of Assisi, seem to resonant with many in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire as […]

Episcopalians hold vigils for Orlando shooting victims

Call for end to gun violence

[Episcopal News Service] With prayer and song, a diverse crowd of worshipers gathered at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 15 to honor those killed and injured in a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub three days earlier. Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith joined speakers from various […]

Missouri bishop appoints deputy for gun violence prevention

[Episcopal Diocese of Missouri] “People of faith must challenge the tragedy of gun violence and I lend my voice to that challenge,” said the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, announcing the appointment of the Rev. Marc D. Smith, as deputy for gun violence prevention, less than a week after a […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from Pittsburgh bishop

Dear Friends in Christ, As I finished the newspaper on Monday morning, I wondered: is there grief in Heaven? We are told there is not. At many wakes and funerals for those killed in Orlando, those who mourn will be told your loved one is in a better place; she is dancing in heaven; he […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from West Texas bishops

Like you, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless killings in Orlando.  We mourn the loss of those persons who have died, we offer our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are wounded, and we grieve with the families of all involved.  We know that this great sadness is particularly […]

Prayers for Orlando: Statement from Southeast Florida bishop

When news first broke early Sunday morning of the senseless slaughter of innocent people at a gay night club in Orlando, none of us could have imagined the full extent of the horror that has since been revealed. Forty-nine lives needlessly taken away and more than fifty wounded by an individual whose motives are not yet clear, but […]

Episcopal Peace Fellowship ‘vigorously affirms’ ban on assault weapons

[Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) vigorously affirms President Barack Obama’s call to ban the sale of assault weapons following the worst mass shooting in US history at the Pulse – an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida – early June 12. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 others injured. “Episcopal Peace Fellowship […]