The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Challenging Violence

Our fifth "Mark of Mission" and fifth "Baptismal Mark of Mission" both include the call to challenge violence of every kind. Click here for more information

One of the responses of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut has been to assemble a collection of liturgical resources, advocacy links and other resources at a separate website, http://challengingviolence.weebly.com

Bishop Douglas and Bishop Ahrens belong to Bishops United Against Gun Violence (Bishop Douglas was a founding member). Both participated in the public witness in Salt Lake City in June 2015, Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence, held during the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Their website includes information and resources.

There is also a Facebook page for Episcopalians Against Gun Violence.

Faiths United Against Gun Violence promotes an annual Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, observed in ECCT. Their site has resources for Christians and other faith groups.

Link here for the 2015 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath page, which includes a letter from the bishops, recommended litany to be read Sunday, Dec. 13,2015, other resources, and list of (known) ECCT participating parishes and worshiping communities.

In 2012, on Tuesday of Holy Week, the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut decided that rather than stay in the Cathedral for prayers and meditation, they would take their beliefs onto the street. They coordinated a Stations of the Cross witness through downtown Hartford, with prayers at each stop for peace and reconciliation, and an end to the death penalty - which was being voted on in the Connecticut legislature at that time. The march ended at the Capitol, where, as God would have it, the legislators were voting at that time to repeal the death penalty.

In 2013, following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the Bishops again called for a public march to witness against the culture of violence. Laity, priests, deacons, and bishops from Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and across The Episcopal Church came to the nation's Capital for a public witness to challenge violence. Link here for the booklet they used, which included prayers and meditations for each station, written or selected by leaders from Connecticut.