A Day of Lament and the March for Our Lives

The clergy of the Diocese got a report from Bishop Rickel this week about the meeting of the House of Bishops in Texas last week, and I want to pass on to you their urging that we keep a focus on gun violence in the wake of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Bishops declared March 14 a Day of Lament and Action.  This date is a month to the day after the Parkland shooting.  This is a day to lament.  Come to Eucharist at 6:30 am or 5:30 pm at St. Paul's and take a moment during the Prayers of the People to pray for all those affected by gun violence and for the wisdom and will to take action to prevent such events.

I will be present at 12:15 pm in the nave of St. Paul's tomorrow to lead any who can come in some prayer and scripture meditation to mark this Day of Lament and Action.  Please join me if you can.  This will be about 20 minutes in length.

March 14 is also a day to take action.  This could be contacting your elected officials to express your concern about gun violence.  It could be making your plans to attend the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24 at 10 am at Bellingham City Hall at 210 Lottie Street.  In preparation you can read the evidence provided by Bishops Against Gun Violence.  You could also see what many General Conventions of the Episcopal Church have had to say on the subject of gun violence.

Here are this websites again:

https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamMarchForOurLives/

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/episcopal-house-bishops-meeting-retreat-accepts-statement-gun-violence

https://episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_topic_search.pl?topic=Gun+Control