Bishops United Against Gun Violence Responds to Mass Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

In the wake of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops, invited churches around the country to ring their bells for ten minutes at noon on Friday, June 19. The bishops suggested ringing the bells one minute for each victim and one minute for the soul of the individual who committed the crime.

At the request of Bishop Charles vonRosenberg of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Bishops United also invites Episcopalians, and other people of good will to recite the prayer of St. Francis.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

A number of members of Bishops United have made statements regarding the shooting:

The Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter, Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, retired

The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Diocese of Newark

The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Diocese of Northern California

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Diocese of Southern Ohio

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Diocese of Washington

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas and the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Diocese of Connecticut

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Diocese of Texas

The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, Diocese of Nevada

The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Diocese of Vermont

The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, Diocese of Western Massachusetts

The Rt. Rev. Alan Gates, Diocese of Massachusetts

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, Diocese of Utah

The Rt. Rev. Rob Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire

The Rt. Rev. Nick Knisely, Diocese of Rhode Island

The Rt. Rev. Jeff Lee, Diocese of Chicago

The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, Diocese of San Diego

The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Diocese of Milwaukee

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Diocese of Long Island

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Diocese of Olympia

The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, Diocese of Iowa

The Rt. Rev. Kirk S. Smith, Diocese of Arizona

The Rt. Rev. William H. (Chip) Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Diocese of Maryland

The Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson, Diocese of Louisiana