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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issues Call to Action on gun violence

[February 1, 2013] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement.
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The United States has witnessed far too many public shootings in recent months and years. Far too many lives have been cut short or maimed by both random and targeted acts of gun violence. The school shooting in Newtown was horrific, yet since that day several times as many young people have died by gunshot.

It is abundantly clear that Americans are ready to grapple with the complexities of gun violence. The Spirit is moving across this land to mobilize people of faith to act. I urge the United States members of this Church to call your federal legislators on Monday 4 February to express your concern and your expectation that gun violence be addressed. The outlines of the necessary policy decisions are clear and widely supported: limits on sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, effective background checks for all gun purchases, better access to mental health services, and attention to gun trafficking.

We believe all God’s people should be able to live in peace, as Zechariah dreams, “old men and women shall again sit in the streets…And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing.”  The prophet reminds his hearers that even if this seems impossible, with God it is not. [Zech 8:4-6]  I urge you to add your voice to those clamoring for peace. Call your legislators and sue for peace.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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Action for now
The following are steps that can be taken now:

Share this message – You can forward this message here or http://episcopal.grassroots.com/act-now/details/share-the-presiding-bishops-call-to-action

You can find sample posts for Facebook and Twitter here or http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1845/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=12224
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Make an announcement at church – The National Council of Churches has samples messages for sharing with your church, here or http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1845/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=12224
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Sign the pledge – Sign the pledge to change our culture of violence here or http://episcopal.grassroots.com/act-now/details/break-the-cycle-of-violence

Identify your members of Congress – In case you don’t already know who your members are, you can look them up here or http://whoismyrepresentative.com/  Have their names ready for Monday’s call-in day.

On Monday, February 4:
Call your members of congress – Dial 1-877-897-0174 to reach the Capitol switchboard and ask for your member of Congress. When you are connected, tell the staff person:

“I am a constituent and an Episcopalian, and I am calling to urge [name member of congress here] to support policies that will change the culture of violence in our country. We need legislation that limits sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, requires effective background checks for all gun purchases, provides for better access to mental health services, and directs attention to gun trafficking.”

Repeat for your other members of Congress.

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General Convention reports available

Listed below you will find the final reports from this past summer’s General Convention. Each section is posted separately as they are large files with a link to the Full Report included at the end.

Cover Page

General Convention Report Introduction

General Convention Official Youth Presence Final Report

General Convention Children’s Program Final Report

General Convention Young Adult Festival Final Report

General Convention Episcopal Generations Booth Report

Full report

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Social Media and the Advent Experience

AdventObserving Advent in spiritual, faithful avenues via social media are being conducted by the Episcopal Church Office of Communication.

Advent is the liturgical season that occurs four weeks prior to Christmas, beginning on Sunday, December 2.  Advent is a time of reflection and preparation.

  • The Episcopal Church Facebook page and Twitter feed will feature special Advent and Christmas elements such as conversation-starting inquiries, a word of the day, and videos.
  • On December 2, an Advent Calendar goes live on the Episcopal Church “IAmEpiscopalian” Pinterest board.   The Office of Communication has partnered with the Brothers of the religious order The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) to create the Advent Calendar. Each day of Advent a new image will appear on Pinterest linked to a meditation from the Brothers’ brief daily devotional “Brother, Give Us A Word.”
  • To engage children in a more active role during worship this Advent, the Episcopal Church is offering a four-week series of lectionary-based children’s sermons at no fee, providing clergy and lay leaders with step-by-step instructions on how to help the children lead the adults in worship. The sermons are also available in Spanish on the Sermones que Iluminan website.
  • Episcopal Church Young Adult Ministries is offering an Advent Meditation Blog.
  • Youth ministries Office is offering the d365 daily devotional, for Advent through the Feast of the Epiphany in January.  Named “Following the Star”, the devotions are presented through an ecumenical partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Presbyterian Church USA.

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