I ask your prayers for all who have been affected by the violence this weekend in Orlando, and especially for those who have died and for those who are still in hospital.
This largescale tragedy takes place at the intersection of serious societal concerns. There are many factors to be borne in mind: terror attack, hate crime, and gun violence, to name a few. Untangling the strands of our thoughts and reactions will take time. I commend to you Presiding Bishop Curry’s statement about events found here. I also remind you of the recent January statement of the Primates of the Anglican Communion condemning homophobic prejudice and violence. Pray for those who are now investigating the crime. May we come to clarity about these events, and in the light of Christ’s death and resurrection may peace and reconciliation prevail among us.
The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt
Bishop of Tennessee