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Episcopal Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde recites prayers at the
first Way of the Cross station March 25 in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry, left, and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas
listen. (Photo Credit: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS)

Episcopalians Chime in against Redskins, Guns

November 8, 2014

The Vikings were not the only Minnesota-originating opposition piling on the Washington Redskins last weekend.

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The Good Samaritan (Is a Lobbyist)

August 30, 2014

Given my personal experience with traumatizing violence, I find PCUSA’s response to Ferguson particularly shameful. Instead of confronting the more difficult problem of our society’s apathy to violence, the PCUSA has decided to lobby Congress…

The stage at Ecumenical Advocacy Day's 2014 National Gathering. Behind the podium are "peace cranes," origami cranes meant to represent the gathering's wish for peace. (Photo credit: Alexander Griswold)

Religious Left Lobbies Congress on Gun Control, Pacifism

March 28, 2014

There’s a scene in Miss Congeniality, the 2000 romantic comedy about an undercover FBI agent pretending to be beauty pageant contestant, where the contestants are asked the most important thing our society needs. One by…

A panel of experts speaks in defense of the Arms Trade Treaty in Dirksen Senate Office Building on November 7, 2013. From left to right, Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Paul O’Brien of Oxfam America, Rachel Stohl of The Stimson Center, and Galen Carey of the National Association of Evangelicals. (Photo credit: Alexander Griswold)

NAE Continues Push for Arms Trade Treaty

November 15, 2013

In a Senate panel last weekend and in its public statements, the National Association of Evangelicals continues to push for US ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, a treaty strongly opposed by every Second Amendments rights organization.


Sojourners’ Jim Wallis Ponders Immigration, Guns at Washington National Cathedral

April 30, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Immigration reform legislation will pass Congress by the August recess, predicted Sojourners CEO and President Jim Wallis in an April 28 interview. Wallis sat down with Washington National Cathedral Dean…


Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Cosmic Earth Day

April 25, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Salvation is a cosmic act about all creation “not simply a few human beings,” according to the Episcopal Church’s top bishop. Speaking April 21 at the Washington National Cathedral, Presiding…


“Ending” Gun Violence and the Limits of Politics

April 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley An official with United Methodism’s Capitol Hill lobby office has pronounced he was “devastated” by last week’s defeat of gun control measures in the U.S. Senate. He angrily declared: “Shame…


Faith Leaders Take the Easy Road on Gun Control

March 29, 2013

By Luke Moon (twitter @lukemoon1) In 1992, I was serving as a missionary in Peru when I got word that my best friend, Shane, had killed himself.  Friends told me he had been acting…


Presbyterians Exploiting Lent for Gun Control

February 26, 2013

By Jeff Gissing (@jeffgissing) One of the chief points of differentiation between theological ethics in the evangelical tradition and in the mainline tradition is the locus of authority. For evangelicals the chief—even the exclusive—source…


Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Testifies for Gun Restrictions

February 12, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Today marks Shrove Tuesday, the day preceding Ash Wednesday when Anglicans, Lutherans and Catholics traditionally emptied their cupboards of eggs, milk and sugar before the ritual fasting of Lent. But…


Liberal Catholics Declare Gun Control Pro-Life

February 5, 2013

Kieran Raval February 5, 2013 Has the push for stricter gun control legislation superceded efforts to protect the unborn? (Photo credit: WordPress)   On 23 January 2012, one day after the 40th anniversary of Roe v….


Liberal Catholics Declare Gun Control Pro Life

February 5, 2013

By Kieran Raval On 23 January 2012, one day after the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and on the cusp the March for Life, over 60 prominent Catholic priests, religious, scholars, and activists…