News: Episcopal News Service June 14, 2016: Litany for Gun Violence Prevention offered for use in Sunday services


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June 14, 2016


Litany for Gun Violence Prevention offered for use in Sunday services
The following Litany for Gun Violence Prevention is written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal bishop of Maine, and offered for use in liturgies throughout the Episcopal Church this coming Sunday or at any other time.

The litany is available as downloadable bulletin inserts in English here and in Spanish here.

A full Eucharistic liturgy, prepared by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, is available here.

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Group gathers in Detroit to remember Charleston AME shooting victims
More than 120 people gathered in Detroit on June 12 to remember the nine lives lost last June at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.

The event occurred on the evening of the same day in which 50 people were killed and 53 injured in the early morning hours at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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Mission to Seafarers launches Corporate Partnerships Portfolio
The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has launched a Corporate Partnerships Portfolio with suggestions for how the maritime industry can deliver on corporate social responsibility. The document also describes how the mission, and more widely the shipping community, can provide practical support for seafarers’ welfare projects around the world.

Canadian church report accepts physician-assisted dying as new reality
In a nod to changing times, the Anglican Church of Canada’s latest report on physician-assisted dying, rather than opposing the practice, recognizes it as a reality. The report offers reflections and resources around assisted dying and related issues, such as palliative care.

A pilgrimage on behalf of Central American migrants
“Migration isn’t a crime, it’s a human right,” said Bishop of El Salvador David Alvarado. He and 18 others participated in the so-called “Msgr. Romero Pilgrimage, the Migrant’s Passage” that followed the route undocumented migrants take from Central America to the United States.

Archbishop Welby on U.K.’s referendum on membership in the European Union
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has set out his support for the U.K.’s continuing membership in the European Union. Voters in the U.K. will vote in a referendum on June 23 to decide whether they will leave or remain in the 28-member political and trading union. Opinion polls show the nation is evenly divided on the issue and Welby says that there is no official Christian or church line on which way to vote. “Voting is a matter for each person’s conscience,” he said.

Campaign against sub-standard medicines in Accra
The Anglican Diocese of Accra is planning to establish pharmacies in some of its parishes to tackle the problem of sub-standard and counterfeit medicines. The multi-billion-dollar global counterfeit drug trade is thriving in Africa, with disastrous consequences. Last year, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygienereported that counterfeit anti-malarial tablets claim the lives of more than 122,000 African children under the age of five every year.

Refugee quota increase ‘shames New Zealand,’ says archbishop
The New Zealand Prime Minister has announced that his government will increase the annual quota of refugees that it will accept from 750 to 1,000. But Archbishop Philip Richardson says that the 250 increase shows that the country is failing to act as “a responsible global citizen” and that it ought to do more to help in the current global crisis.

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Webinar reviews resources for individuals, congregations to observe 2016 World Refugee Day

United Thank Offering awards 32 grants

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