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Photo credit: Celal Kamran (Bishops Against Gun Violence rally) and Sarah Kye Price (Detention Center Vigil)
Vigil Outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center
Bishops, deputies and other faithful Episcopalians participated in a prayer vigil outside of the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas to pray for an end to the inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.
“The Detention Center was stark and foreboding. Before we got closer, it was as if it were deserted. Then there were hands and pieces of paper moving in the slot windows, an acknowledgement there were people within. They could see us and we them. It was both frustrating and moving: frustrating because they couldn’t hear us, and moving that we had made contact across a deep and unjust divide.” – The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff, Bishop Associate of Virginia
Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Hundreds gathered Sunday at a park across from the Convention Center for a public witness event hosted by the Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
“Bishops wept. The parents of a young woman who was killed in Parkland wept. We who were there wept. But weeping was merely the preparation so that we could clear our hearts and minds to prepare for the work ahead. We wiped our eyes and committed ourselves to what we must do to make the world safe for our children and for our nation.” – The Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministry, the Diocese of Virginia