In a statement released Friday, Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely addressed the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Trump. He acknowledged the deep concerns many hold regarding Trump’s election, and expressed hope that the National Cathedral’s participation in the inauguration would bring “healing to our divided brothers and sisters across our nation.” The full text of the statement is below.
The Episcopal Church in Vermont remains unwavering in its commitment to share in the loving, liberating, and life-giving work of Jesus Christ, especially in these times of wrenching social and political change. It is our custom to pray for the leadership of our state and nation – for their vision, their compassion and their courage in difficult times. We are also called to work at all levels of our communities and nation to expand and defend love, dignity and justice for all, especially the marginalized and oppressed. Regarding the next four years, I share the grave concerns of so many in our diocese who strive every day for social, economic, and environmental justice. I am also aware that there is not complete consensus in our diocese on how to achieve these goals. I am mindful that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, whom we honor on Monday, delivered his final Sunday sermon from the pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral, which has a long history of taking bold and sometimes controversial steps to evoke peace and reconciliation. It is my hope that the National Cathedral’s participation in the presidential inauguration, in the spirit of prayer and reflection, will be part of the vital process of bringing healing to our divided brothers and sisters across our nation.