This is the question that leapt into my mind this morning as I laid aside my reading. It startled me, though it was simple enough to see where it had stemmed from. I had just finished reading From Sin to Amazing Grace (Cheng, 2012) and the chapter I had skimmed the fastest w... Read More →
God I thank you for the gifts of today. I’m not really sure I want to write this blog post. For one thing, I know that it will be raw. My filter of polite conversation has been gradually eroding over the past week, as the weight of what I’ve been trying to do has seeped at my... Read More →
God I thank you for the gifts of today* This morning I was honored to be able to participate in the Bishop’s March Against Gun Violence. The past few years have been ones of change and growth and my opinions on this issue have certainly changed with me. Looking at me now,... Read More →
As I previously reported, this morning began with an attempt to liberate the bathrooms of the General Convention. This effort was a peaceful attempt to protest the experience of being ostracized I nearly always experience when trying to use the restroom in public. I initiated... Read More →
When I ask you to name a place of violence, where does your mind go? Is it to Charleston, the Middle East, schoolyards full of bullies or prisons? These jump to mind because the word ‘violence’ is often reduced to a direct physical assault on a persons’ flesh. Yet in my... Read More →
God I thank you for the gifts of today.* When I first heard that I was going to be able to attend General Convention I immediately started to make a list of the things that I would need to do before I arrived. Many of these were things that anyone going to convention might... Read More →
Travel is jarring, especially when one attempts it on way too little sleep. I woke with a jolt at 4am this morning, thoroughly regretting my 2am bedtime. True, I had needed to finish mending my pants, gathering my things and finishing out my Lawrence House Service Corps year.... Read More →
Andrew Amanda Leigh-Bullard was delighted to discover the Episcopal Peace Fellowship as they were looking for new ways to connect to the larger body of the church. Through the Episcopal Service Corps site Lawrence House, they have spent the past year coordinating the formation of... Read More →
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. ... See MoreSee Less