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Holy Week in TEConnecticut

A Holy Week statement in which a few TEC Bishops get props.  Jesus gets an honorable mention about half way down where they explain the Stations of the Cross.

But mostly it’s about asserting political opinions at the expense of others’ rights.  A state church playing chaplain to a party platform.

And if this is about proclaiming the cross to lead others to some kind of conversion, notice that the only offer held out is submission to some new federal regulations.  Amazing grace!  How sweet the sound!

h/t SF reader elanor.

February 27, 2013

Holy Week Witness

Join the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, the Rt. Rev. James E. Curry and the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens on the Monday of Holy Week, March 25, 2013 as we travel to Washington, D.C. to challenge violence in our world. Our witness will include time for prayer and personal reflection followed by a time of speaking out for comprehensive reform on gun legislation.

Our day will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Lafayette Square in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church where the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut will offer prayers and commence the walk of the Way of the Cross. We will conclude at the West Steps of the Capitol between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Clergy are invited to wear cassocks or other appropriate clerical attire. 

At 2 p.m. we will assemble in the Montpelier Room of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress for brief remarks from Church and government leaders to support the President’s call for gun reform and legislative actions pending in Congress.

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, and Episcopalians in the Diocese of Washington have graciously partnered with us in the planning and organizing of this important witness. We look forward to other Episcopalians and ecumenical participants, from across the country, joining us.

Why are we doing this?

We are taking our witness to our nation’s capital to say to our political leaders and to our country that we will no longer be silent while violence permeates our world, our society, our Church, our homes and ourselves.

Our faith calls us to be ministers of reconciliation, to give voice to the voiceless and to strive for justice in the name of our Lord. The horrific slaughter of children and adults in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown in our home state, and the day-to-day shootings and deaths of our children and young people in cities and towns across our nation, call us to prayer and action and to work for peace. 


 
What kind of prayer and reflection is planned?

We will follow the Way of the Cross, which is an offering of prayer at 14 Stations (stops) that invite us to recall Jesus’ passion and death. Each Station will include prayer, a reading from Scripture and a short meditation. These will be read by a diversity of individuals from Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the wider world.

 

We will pause at each stop to reflect on the ways violence affects our lives and offer prayers to our Lord who knows the agony of violence in his own journey to the cross. The Washington landmark chosen for each Station will help us deepen our awareness of the ache and cries of the world. The walk, and particularly the reflections at each Station, will reflect our commitment to transformational change and the proclamation of God’s hope to the world.

 

What legislative changes are supported? 

We will call on Congress and state legislatures to:

1. Challenge the violence that infects our society by

a. Implementing comprehensive legislation and programs to decrease gun violence in all of our communities (cities and towns, suburbs and rural areas);

b. Supporting our schools in preventing violence and reducing bullying; 
c. Improving access to mental health resources for all children and families.

2. Challenge gun violence specifically by:

a. Banning military style weapons (“weapons of war”) for civilians;

b. Outlawing high-capacity ammunition magazines;

c. Instituting universal background checks, and closing loopholes in background checks for the purchase of all firearms.

We hope you will join us in Holy Week for this important witness of prayer and action in our nation’s capital.



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18 comments

Pretentious wannabes.

[1] Posted by A Senior Priest on 3-20-2013 at 09:02 PM · [top]

Basically it’s the Brady gun control group in funny clothes.

[2] Posted by Br. Michael on 3-21-2013 at 05:33 AM · [top]

TEC - The Democratic Party at pagan prayer.

[3] Posted by Cranmerian on 3-21-2013 at 06:30 AM · [top]

Aren’t bishops supposed to be in their diocese for Holy Week?  Also - three bishops for the one diocese?  Is Connecticut that large, that numerous in Episcopalians, or are there three separate dioceses in the state?

[4] Posted by Martha on 3-21-2013 at 06:57 AM · [top]

DC is the place from which all blessings flow, for that crowd. Perhaps they want to greet the risen lord when he returns from his trip to the Middle East?

[5] Posted by paradoxymoron on 3-21-2013 at 07:18 AM · [top]

Is this to paid for under the Bishop’s travel allowance, or is there a separate line item in their budget for political lobbying?

[6] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 3-21-2013 at 08:09 AM · [top]

These folks just HATE the fact that they missed the 60s and the anti-war movement and civil rights marches.  They have to have some reason to march and protest and indulge their pretentious exhibitionism.  It’ll always be something, but mind you, it’ll be something agreeable to the Left, Hollywood, and the various fashionable grievance mongers of popular culture.

[7] Posted by evan miller on 3-21-2013 at 09:34 AM · [top]

#7 you need to do workshops on this new ministry model - “The priesthood of non-believers.” tongue wink

[8] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-21-2013 at 09:45 AM · [top]

I’m sure you could do them much better than I, Fr. Tim.

[9] Posted by evan miller on 3-21-2013 at 10:03 AM · [top]

For TEc, “important witness” means “pathetic, all-expenses-paid attempt at attention getting.”

[10] Posted by polycarp on 3-21-2013 at 10:51 AM · [top]

They can “no longer be silent.”  They’ve been silent?

[11] Posted by Katherine on 3-21-2013 at 12:17 PM · [top]

It seems that this is an adaptation of Stations of the Cross in which the participants do not focus on personal sins that spiritually crucify Jesus all over again, but instead make conservative political positions the culprit. Thereby this devotion becomes a press-worthy expression of righteous indignation on the part of heroes of the liberated church.

[12] Posted by Adam 12 on 3-21-2013 at 12:22 PM · [top]

Martha, DioCT has one bishop and two suffragen bishops, but no more funds for the transition team that used to help the shrinking parishes adapt to reduced circumstances.  There’s alot of dead men’s money going to upkeep and legal fees.  Last I knew, Diocesan House was up for sale.

I have to thank the SF community for their comments, which clearly support the notion Dear Hubby and I had previously developed that there is something deeply wrong in this diocese (which no longer receives our financial support). 

Amazing grace indeed, Fr. Tim!

[13] Posted by elanor on 3-21-2013 at 04:46 PM · [top]

The horrific slaughter of children

...  for a minute I thought that they were protesting abortion… but then I got a grip on what I was reading. downer

[14] Posted by wportbello on 3-21-2013 at 07:33 PM · [top]

I fear that these persons(?) would not recognize the Way o the Cross if it smacked them up the side of the head, as we used to say when much younger…back when the Episcopal Church meant something in the world, and spoke truth to us kids.

[15] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 3-21-2013 at 08:58 PM · [top]

Adam, TEC has for years been all about “repenting” everybody else’s sins. They have none.

[16] Posted by oscewicee on 3-25-2013 at 11:25 AM · [top]

I went over to http://www.ctdiocese.org just now to see see what self-congratulating twaddle they’d put on their website after yesterday’s stations of the cross/protest.  you know how you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube?  Ugh.  kinda wish I’d spared myself the discomfort.  Then again, this leaves me with no regrets for leaving the “church” that we were married in and baptized our son in.

If you read enough of the handout they gave to the participants, you’ll find out that it was “Prepared by Eva Bunnell, Sr. Policy Advisor to Rep. John Larson and Rev. Molly James, PhD, Secretary, Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.”.  For the record, John Larson is one of our senior Democratic congressmen here in CT.  State church indeed!  Forget the Millenium Development Goals, DioCT is all about the DNC talking points.

[17] Posted by elanor on 3-26-2013 at 06:09 PM · [top]

Thanks for that follow up report, elanor… and for shining light on the stuff hiding in the corners.

[18] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-26-2013 at 06:31 PM · [top]

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