SALT LAKE CITY –Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops, will sponsor a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during the church’s General Convention. The gathering is intended to urge people of faith to seek common ground in efforts to curtail gun violence.
The event, called Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence, will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, outside the Salt Palace Convention Center on the northwest corner of West Temple and South 200, said Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark, a co-convener of Bishops United.
The service will last roughly one hour and cover a one-mile route, Beckwith said. It will include opening prayers, a stop for testimony in nearby Pioneer Park, and concluding prayers outside the Salt Palace.
Bishop Scott Hayashi of Utah, who survived a gunshot wound as a young man, will be among the speakers. Bishop Jeff Lee of Chicago, Dent Davidson, music chaplain for the House of Bishops, and the Rev. Lester Mackenzie, chaplain to the House of Deputies, will lead prayers and music during the procession.
Some links for the event
- Claiming Common Ground Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1455109778136169/
- Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopaliansAgainstGunViolence/timeline
- Claiming Common Ground event page on BUAGV website – http://www.claimitgc.org
- Bishops United Against Gun Violence website – http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org
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