There is nothing funny about gun violence

I recently shared on Twitter and Facebook and in every way I could the notice of the Claiming Common Ground against Gun Violence procession we will participate in at General Convention in Salt Lake City on the morning of June 28th.  I received many great replies, and...

Bishops United Against Handgun Violence

Maine legislators are debating a bill to authorize the carrying of concealed handguns without a permit. The legislation enjoys broad bipartisan support from our elected leaders. The bill’s sponsors are asking us to believe that if someone is already legally able to...

Public Passion for the Reign of God

Two years ago I was being interviewed on the set of a TV station in Springfield, Massachusetts about the proposed new gun laws that were going before the legislature in our commonwealth. The young reporter asked me if any of those laws stood out for me. I said, “There...

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence invites us to ‘Ask’

Forty years ago I was a middle school teacher in a rural regional school district in Western Massachusetts. Many of my students came from families in which hunting and sport shooting were part of normal family life. In season, for some of these families, game was an...

Good Friday

About 200 of us from about a dozen churches spent much of Good Friday on the streets of Jersey City. We honored Jesus by observing the fourteen Stations of the Cross; and we also honored fourteen Jersey City residents whose lives were either taken or dramatically...

A Letter to Iowa State Senators

The following is a letter to Iowa state senators from Bishop Alan Scarfe, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa and Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church 14 March, 2015 Dear Senators, We are writing to express concern about elements of...