Monday managed (thankfully) to be a somewhat less hectic day than my last several days. In the evening I and my EPF Young Adult compatriots had the pleasure of attending the Integrity USA Eucharist in support of their work for LGBTQIA Episcopalians and the entire Queer community.... Read More →
On the heels of two very eventful, historic and profoundly emotional days, EPF was up bright and early Sunday morning. More than a dozen EPF representatives joined approximately 1,000 bishops, priests, deacons and laypeople from across the country to march through downtown Salt... Read More →
The whirlwind of emotion that was this weekend reached its absolute epoch on Friday afternoon with the election of our incoming Presiding Bishop. As I said often in the last two months since the candidates’ names were released, I happen to know three of the four candidates... Read More →
I am usually not one who cries. Really. But Friday was quite a day. While ironing my pants and getting dressed for the day, I went to check the time on my phone. An update from my POLITICO app announced the big news – “The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex... Read More →
Today I had the opportunity to testify on a solid, albeit somewhat milquetoast resolution urging the Episcopal Church to work for a greater sense of togetherness around issues of peace in the Middle East. It is not remotely as controversial as the resolutions calling for... Read More →
Yesterday morning I was blessed to attend a committee hearing addressing two issues very near and dear to my heart – Appalachian ministry and gun violence. Resolution D024 moved to express support and recommend continued funding for EAM -Episcopal Appalachian Ministries. My... 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