News Release October 3, 2017
Claysburg, Pennsylvania – Yesterday Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) members spent the day in prayer, but today that prayer must be followed by action. Episcopal Peace Fellowship urges all members, chapters and Peace Partner Parishes to toll their bells, organize vigils and call legislators demanding they halt easy the access to firearms that make such shootings possible.
“I continue hearing that this horrific mass shooting is ‘unimaginable,’ but in our country, mass shootings of this scale are absolutely imaginable,” said the Rev. Allison Liles, EPF executive director. “I continue hearing people claim that there are no words to describe the pain and anger. But as Episcopal Peace Fellowship members, we must find the words to speak and then speak those very words repeatedly until our elected officials hear them.”
Episcopal Peace Fellowship endorses the statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence on the shooting in Las Vegas, recognizing not only laws that must be changed, but also lives.
As our Bishops say, “Our country is feasting on anger that fuels rage, alienation and loneliness. From the White House to the halls of Congress to our own towns and perhaps at our own tables, we nurse grudges and resentments rather than cultivating the respect, concern and affection that each of us owes to the other.”
We call upon our church and all people of God to join together in sorrow, repentance, prayer and an unbending insistence that this epidemic of slaughter end now. If not now, when?
The full Bishops United statement is at http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/statement-from-bishops-united-against-gun-violence-following-the-las-vegas-shooting/
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace, nonviolence and social justice issues since its founding on Armistice Day in 1939.
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Contact – Bob Kinney – EPF board member & publicist – 512.419.1738 – firstname.lastname@example.org