Beyond Thoughts & Prayers, Into Action: 3 Tangible Responses to the Orlando Shooting

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Has the recent news about the shooting in Orlando left you feeling a bit helpless? Fr. Brad is encouraging St. Paul’s parishioners to respond not only with thoughts and prayers, but also in action. Here are 3 tangible actions to take in the wake of this tragedy:

1. Attend the Candlelight Vigil for those who lost their lives in Orlando. Pride Center San Antonio is organizing the vigil for Thursday, June 16th at 7pm at Crockett Park (1300 N Main, San Antonio)

2. Attend a Ramadan Iftar Meal at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center (5281 Casa Bella – San Antonio, TX). Trinity University professor and former St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School parent, Habiba Noor, has invited St. Paul’s parishioners to attend the Ramadan Iftar on Saturday, June 18th. Guests are welcome to fast and pray with our Muslim brothers & sisters. In fact, the mosque is issuing a challenge to its members that for every non-Muslim guest they bring, they will donate $100 to the San Antonio Refugee Center. The community begins to gather around 8:15pm, and the evening call to prayer is offered at approximately 8:35pm. The community then breaks its fast with an Iftar celebration. This is a family friendly event, and children are most welcome. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend. Modest attire is encouraged (casual attire, but long pants for men; long sleeves, pants/long skirt for women, and most of the women present will have some sort of simple head covering/scarf.)

3. Consider supporting Episcopal Peace Fellowship. EPF is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. We are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peacemakers. Become a peacemaker.

The danger of division in the aftermath of this tragedy would be to pit two minority communities against one another. LGBT persons and Muslims are not our enemies, they are fellow human beings and beloved children of God. As Christians we are called to “respect the dignity of every human being” in our baptismal covenant. Will  you join us in matching action to our thoughts & prayers?

Questions? Contact Fr. Brad at rector@stpauls-satx.org