All Mothers’ Children

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In the wake of the violent deaths of black men and boys in encounters with police across the country, and in response to the unrest these deaths have engendered, churches across the Episcopal Diocese of Washington are dedicating Mother’s Day to “mothers who live with the daily fear of losing their children to violence and the children themselves,” said Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde.

More than a dozen women of color, including a former District of Columbia police officer, a prominent theologian and the first woman ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church, will preach at churches in the District and suburban Maryland, while five parishes, including Church of the Atonement in southeast Washington, will hold public processions through local streets.

In all some 40 churches will participate in All Mothers’ Children, a day of prayer and witness that includes spiritual and educational components.