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