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Opening remarks to Executive Council include lament, repentance, protest, hope

“There’ve been protests before. But something’s different about this one. This time it’s not just black folk and a few white folk protesting. This time it is the rainbow children of God. This time they are black and white and Anglo and Latino. It’s amazing. They’re gay, they’re straight. They’re Mitt Romney, a Republican. This is something different going on. And that gives me hope. God’s got a witness and it is a multiethnic, it is e pluribus unum.” – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressing the opening of the Executive Council’s virtual meeting.

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Roundup: Bishops on This Week’s Protests

Episcopal and Anglican bishops from all over the world have weighed in on the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the United States this week, as well as the use of St. John’s, Lafayette Square as a prop for a presidential photo. (See the Cafe’s previous coverage of the protests and reactions here, here, and here.) What follows is a collection of more statements from the past few days.

The Province III (covering dioceses in the mid-Atlantic) bishops write:

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Satanic statue installed in Detroit

Members of the Satanic Temple, a religious organization which is more of an advocacy group for secular government than a religious faith, has been in a long-standing battle to install a statue of Baphomet in Oklahoma next to a Ten Commandments monument. After being denied by the state government, they found a location in an industrial zone in Detroit for their statue.

The Ten Commandments monument is a controversial sculpture on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. It was ruled unconstitutional by the […]

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Episcopal priest among those arrested in Virginia environmental protest

The Reverend Weston Mathews, associate rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Richmond, Va., and a contributing editor to Episcopal Cafe, was one of ten people arrested on Monday for protesting the proposed construction of a natural gas pipeline over 550 miles in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.

The protest included a blockade of Virginia Dominion Power following the Richmond People’s Climate March, and an interfaith prayer vigil.

From a feature at ThinkProgress.org:

[Mathews] told ThinkProgress that he allowed himself to get arrested […]

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Racial Protest as a Form of Mourning

George Yancey, author and Duquesne University professor of philosophy, has been interviewing philosophers on the subject of race for a series in The New York Times.

In “What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’?” Yancey’s fifth interview subject, Judith Butler (a professor at University of California, Berkeley) makes the point that the protest “All Lives Matter” states a given – that no life is worth less than another – that has not been “historically realized,” and that the recent deaths of Michael […]

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