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Cleansing the Temple

Some dismiss these young people for their youth, much as Jesus was as well. Yet they are the same age as many of the leaders of the American Revolution were, the same age as the Marquis de Lafayette and James Monroe were in 1776.

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Young adult pilgrimage to #Ferguson announced by The Episcopal Church

A release from The Episcopal Church:

Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO to focus on racial reconciliation and justice

Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced a new initiative and partnership to encourage young adults to engage in racial reconciliation and justice at the important site of Ferguson, MO.

Bishop Sauls announced that young adults 18 to 30 years old are invited to apply for a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO on October 8 – 12 sponsored […]

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Bexley Seabury: Faith after #Ferguson, September 23

Bexley Seabury Episcopal Center in Columbus, Ohio, plans an afternoon convocation on racial reconciliation September 23, asking for reservations by September 9. The keynoter will be the Reverend Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis (see Episcopal Cafe story earlier this week). The day’s conversations will be held at St. Philip Episcopal and are divided into four segments:

1. Lunch and informal conversation (12:15)
2. Awakening the Church – the Reverend Kinman’s presentation, “Faith After #Ferguson: All We Have to […]

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Buried Seeds: Bishop Gene Robinson reflection in Huffington Post’s #BlackLivesMatter series

The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, wrote “I Am Gay and I Am Black Lives Matter” for the Huffington Post’s interfaith #BlackLivesMatter series, reflecting on his visit to Ferguson, Missouri to pay respect to Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in August 2014, sparking widespread activism.

Walking up to the makeshift memorial, set up along the center line of the quiet street, I knew that I was on holy ground. Teddy bears, wilted flowers and notes on […]

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Half Of Ferguson’s young African-American men are missing

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while there are 1,182 African American women between the ages of 25 and 34 living in Ferguson, there are only 577 African American men in this age group. In other words there are more than two young black women for each young black man in Ferguson.” – Stephen Bronars

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Praying the DOJ Report on Ferguson – A Great Litany of Lament

Mike Kinman, the dean of the Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, has read the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson Police Department.

As I spent time today reading the report of the Department of Justice on the Ferguson Police Department, it was clear to me that it is not just an indictment of one city, but of a nation broken by deep divisions of race, class and privilege. It is the story of one city but reflects the voices […]

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With one breath

Picture credit St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo, NY

The Episcopal News Service offers a round-up of episcopal and diocesan responses to the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in Ferguson, MO and in New York over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. Some also referred to the death of Tamir Rice, the twelve-year-old boy shot dead by police in Cleveland shortly before Thanksgiving, and Akai Gurley, killed by police in a stairwell […]

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St. Louis Rams players with their hands up

Moving Forward After Ferguson (and Garner, and Rice, and…)

Photograph: LG Patterson/AP

Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement on moving forward from the Ferguson decision which you might have missed; it came out just before Thanksgiving, just after the shooting of Tamir Rice, and a week before the Eric Garner decision.

From her statement:

I ask you to stand with hands extended in love, to look for the image of God in every neighbor, and to offer yourself in vulnerability for the sake of reconciliation across this land.

In calling for reconciliation, […]

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