Updated 11:55 p.m. June 28
Bishop Stephen T. Lane and the members of Maine’s deputation joined many hundreds of Episcopalians and Utahns in a Sunday morning march across downtown Salt Lake City to make witness to what Bishop Eugene Sutton of Maryland called the unholy trinity of poverty, racism, and gun violence.
Organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence and led by bishops from dioceses where gun violence has taken a great toll – Connecticut, Chicago, Maryland, and others,the rally “Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence” featured the Rev. Gayle Fisher, a former 20 year veteran of the Washington, D.C police force, who spoke about her right to carry a gun but her choice to have her home be gun-free, and Carolyn Tuft, a Utahn who was the victim of the 2007 mall shooting here that left five people dead, including her 15 year-old daughter, Kirsten. Tuft spoke movingly about living with the painful effects of her wounds and the loss of her daughter. A video of her remarks is available here.
Other speakers included Utah Bishop Scott Hayashi, spoke of his personal experience of being a gunshot victim and the effect on his life and his family. At 19, while working in a record story, he was shot in the abdomen during a robbery. He spent two months in the hospital and watched his father’s hair turn gray over the course of his recovery.
Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry offered a rousing speech at the close of the march. He said, “Black live matter. Black lives matter because all lives matter.”
A video of the march from may be found here.
A photo album may be found here.
A comprehensive news article and additional photos may be found in the Deseret News.
Full coverage of the march from Episcopal News Service may be found here.
A recap of General Convention resolutions that address gun violence may be found here.
In the video clip below, Missioner for Social Justice of The Episcopal Church Chuck Winder speaks to the importance of the march and the power for change unleashed when people to stand together in solidarity. Chuck will visit Maine this fall to walk with Maine Episcopalians about developing our new public policy network.