Church plans walk against gun violence
At a meeting held Feb. 27 in Linthicum Heights, Md., the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council took a concerted stand against gun violence and trafficking. It formally enunciated its position in a resolution expressing “profound sorrow at the epidemic of gun violence.”
The resolution urges members of the church to work toward “comprehensive social responses that seek to stem the cycles of violence that fuel gun crime.” The authors call on fellow Episcopalians to join them in pledging to “examine our own cultural attitudes toward violence through efforts in congregations and communities, to repent of our own roles in the glorification and trivialization of violence, and to commit ourselves to another way.”
In D.C., Episcopal bishops, clergy and members plan to walk the Stations of the Cross in the National Mall.
Local supporters will gather in the church parking lot at 822 S.W. Second St. at 3:30 p.m., then walk east to the corner of Second and Adams Streets to display a processional cross and banner. Holding signs, they plan to maintain a vigil there until 6:30.
They have extended an invitation to members of other local faith communities, and other supporters of the cause, to join them for all or part of the event. They are urging them to bring signs as well.
The church’s soup kitchen will be serving hot meals from 4 to 6 p.m. It has invited participants to partake in the meal as well if they wish.
A petition recently circulated among members of the St. Barnabas congregation calls for common-sense gun legislation and mental health treatment. It has been forwarded to the president and members of Congress.