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Episcopal Church leaders respond to gun violence in Uvalde

May 25, 2022
Office of Public Affairs

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other church leaders offered prayerful and practical responses to the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Bishop Curry shares prayers after Texas school shooting
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led in prayer live on social media Tuesday evening in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. He shared a prayer adapted from Bishops United Against Gun Violence, as well as prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.

Prayers Requested – A Letter to the Diocese After the School Shooting in Uvalde
A letter from the Rt. Rev. David Reed, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas: “In your prayers, make room for the children of Uvalde—all of them, and of all ages—and pray for all victims of violence that the Peace of Christ will be known and welcomed.”

Take action: Episcopal Church Resources for Responding to Gun Violence
Episcopal Public Policy Network, Office of Government Relations
Since at least the 1970s, The Episcopal Church has resolved to support legislation that would reduce the risk of gun violence. More than a dozen times, General Convention has urged Congress to act to restrict the ownership, sale, and use of firearms, to do all it can to prevent gun violence, to limit the availability of weapons, and to lament the lives broken and destroyed by violence. We have recognized the efforts of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and commended the leadership of young people who desperately want to end this violence. Decades later, we see gun violence continuing on a daily basis. We recognize the trauma that many communities with high levels of gun violence face, acknowledging the disproportionate impact on communities of color and the impact of racist violence. We acknowledge the harm caused by intimate partner and family violence, the lives lost to suicide, and those terrorized by mass shootings.

‘Another tragedy of gun violence’: Episcopal leaders grieve for 21 killed in shooting at Texas school
Episcopal News Service
Episcopal leaders are joining a national outpouring of grief after the latest school shooting in the United States killed 19 children and two educators in Texas, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and West Texas Bishop David Reed called on Episcopalians to pray.

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