A Moral Affront
Our desire to participate in the response to this crisis is often expressed as a desire that our church do something. While we will have to decide what actions are appropriate for each of us to take, there are opportunities for people of faith to stand up and be counted.
The DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network and Faith in Action invite us to join a protest at the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda at 11:30 am this Thursday, June 21. More than 50 children supported by clergy and community will process into the building and lie down on Mylar blankets representing the thousands of children separated from their families and being kept in dehumanizing conditions at places such as the McAllen Detention Center. Simultaneously, others will pray, deliver letters, blankets and cages to congressional leadership in a spirit of lament and protest.
In addition, and alternatively our own Episcopal Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Public Policy Network invite us to an in-person vigil on Capitol Hill from 9 am to 9 pm on Thursday June 21, the longest day of the year “in recognition of the fact that any day children are separated from their parents is too long.”
This will be supported by an hour long virtual vigil on Facebook live from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
There are some people in the parish discussing other opportunities for us to gather and discuss the issues raised by the current situation and we will let you know if, as and when such gatherings might happen.
For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
In Times of Conflict
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Care of Children
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.