Episcopalians join the world’s spirit-filled Women’s Marches

Signs read ‘Episcopal Church is Here’ and ‘Cares About This’

By Pat McCaughan
Posted Jan 23, 2017

Minnesota Episcopalians made their presence known at one of approximately 600 “Sister Marches” Jan. 21 outside the state capitol in St. Paul. Photo: LeeAnne Watkins

[Episcopal News Service] Carrying signs reading “The Episcopal Church is Here” and “The Episcopal Church Cares About This,” the Rev. LeeAnne Watkins and other Minnesota Episcopalians joined thousands of marchers in St. Paul on Jan. 21, sparking “a miserable day of puddles and ice” into the beginnings of a movement.

A day later, Watkins was already heeding the Women’s March movement’s call to continue post-march local action. With the help of a professional facilitator and theater troupe, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul hosted a Jan. 22 intergenerational forum. It included roleplaying aimed at “elders teaching young people about what it means to respect women,” said Watkins, 50, rector for 18 years.

As elsewhere, the numbers of marchers exploded expectations. In St. Paul, for example, Watkins said that while organizers had planned for about 20,000, police estimated the crowd at about 100,000.

“It was joyful and peaceful and fun,” she said. “There were hugs as people recognized one another. There were workplace groups and a lot of young people, people in wheelchairs.

“I went because it was about marching for women … the rights of women and girls, about reproductive freedom, about immigrants in our state, about dignity for all people. It wasn’t an anti-march. It was a pro-march for all the values I hold that are informed by my faith.”

She added that: “Everywhere we went, people came up to us and said I’m so glad the Episcopal Church is here. Tell me about the Episcopal Church. To be an Episcopal presence there was really important for us.”

The Rev. Sarah Quinney leads church members, including the Rev. Anne Smith (left) and Myles Clarke (right), in a prayer for peace before the start of the Women’s March on Sacramento, California. Photo: Paula Schaap

From New York to Sacramento to Washington, D.C., Episcopalians joined in spirit-filled marches. Organizers said some 600 “Sister Marches” drew scores of participants across the globe. An estimated more than one million women, men and children, some wearing knitted pink caps with cat ears — the unofficial symbol of the march — took to streets in the nation’s capital and elsewhere, chanting, singing, bearing messages of hope and peace.

Editor’s note: A photo gallery from marches across the United States is here.

Trinity Wall Street in New York sent to the nation’s capital two busloads of “all ages, kids, teenagers, adults … it was amazing, so many more people than anybody expected. It was just tremendous and the spirit was kind and fired-up and really wanting to connect with other people,” said Ruth Frey, Trinity’s senior program officer for social justice and reconciliation.

Frey said joining the march was important both professionally and personally for her. “I talked to enough people to know, it’s been a very bleak season,” she told ENS. “But this was a time of hope and light in that bleak season, and there were people of all sorts there, who care about a variety of different issues. But all feel somehow that the administration that has just come in is not open to protecting or advancing everybody’s rights.”

Personally, she said, the march leads directly to the Baptismal Covenant promise “to work for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being. That language has been far from the rhetoric that our new president has been using.”

The massive size of the crowd prevented her from getting anywhere near the stage to hear featured speakers, ranging from noted feminist Gloria Steinem to filmmaker Michael Moore, actresses America Ferrera and Ashley Judd, entertainers Madonna and Alicia Keys and Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth (Illinois), Kamala Harris (California) and U. S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California’s 43rd Congressional District.

But Frey said that didn’t matter. What mattered was the moment, the movement, the Spirit’s presence, the messages chanted by the crowd, including: “This is what democracy looks like” and “We are the popular vote” and “We need a leader, not a creepy Tweeter.”

The Very Rev. Michael T. Sniffen, dean of the Diocese of Long Island’s Cathedral of the Incarnation, speaking via telephone as he marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, approaching the White House: “There is a passionate sense of being here to demonstrate the democratic values that we pray will endure in this nation.”

Sniffen, whose cathedral group traveled with Trinity Wall Street to Washington, said he met marchers from other faith traditions.

“It is wonderful to meet people who are all working for justice for all people and respect for the dignity of every human being,” he said. “It’s a wonderful day for the church, to see this many people gathered today, reminding us that all the freedoms we enjoy that God has given us are only ours when we fight for them.

“By God’s grace, we will have the passion and courage and energy to try and continue that struggle.”

Female Episcopal Church priests hold a banner during the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21. The Rev. Lura M. Kaval, second from right, designed the logo. Some of the other priests shown include the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, second from left; the Rev. Deborah Dresser, third from left; and the Rev. Alison Quin, far right. Photo: Facebook timeline of K. Jeanne Person

Silver Spring, Maryland, resident Spencer Cantrell, 28, attends St. Thomas Parish Episcopal Church, Dupont Circle, in Washington, D.C., and works with survivors of domestic violence. She called the march “a powerful moment” and said it was important to be there “to make our voices heard.”

“There’s already word coming out that Trump might take away some funding for violence against women or the arts, and he’s already changing health care,” she said.

“I work with survivors of violence and it’s important to let them know they’re supported and to continue to reach out to our representatives and let them know how we feel.” Also important, she said, is to stay connected with the work of the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.

Michelle Cox, a member of Trinity Church, New Orleans, said she’s accustomed to Mardi Gras crowds, but felt amazed at the positive energy, the outpouring of support and kindness to strangers of the massive numbers of people who poured into the nation’s capital.

She was also awed by hearing Gloria Steinem and even Madonna, whose salty language prompted apologies from news outlets broadcasting the march.

“It was just pretty fantastic,” said Cox, a stay-at-home mom of two daughters, aged 9 and 12. “I don’t even know the last time I’ve had a day when you don’t encounter some form of negativity. There was none; it was remarkable.”

Cox called Madonna’s language “unfortunate,” but added, “I think of that as her standard shock value. She had to find some way to be shocking and language was what she chose. Still, it was wonderful to have her there.”

Lianne Thompson, senior warden of St. Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church in Nehalem, Oregon, holds the Episcopal Church flag as she prepares to march in Astoria, Oregon. Photo: Ann Fontaine via Facebook

One speaker in particular, Sophie Cruz, a young immigrant rights activist, brought her to tears. “She talked about coming together and the openness of the world and love, and it was just an absolute message of love. Truly, from the mouths of babes.”

Cox said she joined the march because “I don’t recall an election where I had felt such a disconnect with what I thought was going to happen and what did happen and it really affected me, and my good friends.

“We felt that women in particular were disenfranchised with the way the election occurred. Women were being disparaged greatly and it was surprising to me that my country elected someone I found so out of step with the way I think we should respect all people. I was looking for a way to deal with that.”

She looks forward to following organizers’ “Ten Things to Do in the First Hundred Days” after the march, like sending out press cards to congressional leaders.

But she added that: “It’s time to have conversations with people and not to be afraid to talk about politics in your everyday life. We need to make sure that we listen to a lot of people and talk to a lot of people and that’s going to be where we get started.”

Her group wore purple hats, she said, because purple is a blend of red and blue. “You can’t go forward if you are only red or blue. We have to come together and that was the true spirit of the day.”

Sarah Steffner, 44, lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee but flew to Washington, D.C., with some friends and met up with others at the march, mostly fellow alums from Sewanee, the University of the South.

She joined marchers because of “our president’s very clear attitude of disrespect, and the words he uses, rating women. She hopes it will be an eventual life lesson for her children, aged 8 and 11, about how to treat other people who are different than you or whose needs differ from yours. “It was important to me to show my children that there’s a line … and that these are not OK things for anyone to say, even if he is elected president of the United States.”

The march also was a place of connection, Steffner said. She recalled contacting her senator’s office to advocate for gun control “and the woman who answered the phone actually laughed at me.

“I felt personally so discouraged that my representatives at a state and federal level just don’t care,” she said. “But, what this (the march) showed me is that, I can’t let that feeling win.

“I have to keep voicing my beliefs and stay active and keep going to protests and showing up for things and saying I know I live in a state where 70 percent of the people don’t agree with me, but that does not make me invalid.”

Victoria Lynn Garvey, a lay leader in the Diocese of Chicago area and former member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, gets ready for the rally in downtown Chicago. Photo: Shawn Shreiner via Facebook

In Chicago, St. Paul and the Redeemer parishioner Antoinette Daniels said the expected march attendance of 50,000 swelled to 250,000 and instead of marching, participants rallied in place.

“I was marching for civility, respect and courtesy among humanity,” Daniels blogged. “I think we’ve ventured away from those values since last November.”

In Sacramento, California, marchers chanted: “Love, not hate, that’s what makes America great” and the Rev. Betsey Monnot, co-rector of All Saints Episcopal Church said the march was about “the power of community.”

“There are people here exercising their First Amendment rights to say they’re not happy with the direction things appear to be going, and I want the Episcopal Church to be part of that.”

Some marchers’ signs declared: “Love Trumps Hate,” and “Make America Kind Again.” The Rev. Anne Clarke held up a hand-lettered sign: “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8.”

Steffner, from Chattanooga, said attending the march has moved her, as organizers suggested, to translate her excitement to local opportunities. She plans to join the American Civil Liberties Union and to advocate for gun laws.

“One of the big things I’ve learned from this is what a rapid response is,” she said. “When you learn about a bill you don’t have six months to call and make a statement. I want to join those rapid responders and show up when I can and make my voice heard even when I feel like no one is listening.”

–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Paula Schapp, communications officer for the Diocese of Northern California, contributed to this report.


Comments (37)

  1. John Schaffer says:

    I think this was nothing more than a demonstration to protest the election of Donald Trump. I can accept that. But to say it is all about the treatment of women or women’s health care, where is the outrage for the hundreds of thousands of baby girls who are murdered every year, in the name of freedom of choice, as an evil excuse for birth control? What choice does that baby girl have? How hypocritical can the Bishops and the Priests of the Episcopal Church be?

    1. You can stand against someone and for issues that matter to you at the same time. Actually, it’s not even hard to do as was demonstrated by 2.9 million people around the nation and the world on Saturday. And, FYI: According to the Guttmacher Institute, only about 1 percent of abortions are performed after 20 weeks of gestation (a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks). 89-92% of abortions are performed before 13 weeks, 34% at 56 weeks. 18% at 7 weeks. The gender of the fetus can not be determined until 18-20 weeks. So much for “all those baby girls” who are “murdered”. But, I’m sure you’re not interested in facts. We live in an age of “post facts”. Or, as more recently stated, “alternative facts”.

      1. John Schaffer says:

        Here are my alternative facts that you cannot accept:
        1. Hundreds of thousands babies are murdered every year while still in the womb. That is a fact. I didn’t say anything about the number of weeks.
        2. About half of them are girls. So that is hundreds of thousands of baby girls. That is a fact.
        3. The gender of a baby is determined long before (probably at conception) a doctor is able to determine it. What does that have anything to do with my alternative but undeniable facts?

        I think you made a typographical error. You say that 34% of abortions are performed at 56 weeks. This doesn’t make sense since I agree with you that a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. I’m sure you must have meant to say 5 to 6 weeks instead of 56 weeks.

    2. Ann Bagby says:

      no. 1: you are not a woman, so there is no way you can truly understand this. You do not have to get an abortion. it is not your business to tell me or any other woman that she should not to get one.

      1. Ronald Davin says:

        But why should I have to fund it ?

        1. Lindsey Angelats says:

          Goodness. One and for all. The US government does not fund abortion.
          Consult facts. It funds organizations that provide critical reproductive and family planning that use other resources. And now, that’s likely over, putting millions of women at risk. Why should I have to fund viagra through the state’s medicaid program? (fact)
          -Mother of Two

  2. I am so proud of women for this amazing demonstration of solidarity, marching for the health and well being, the justice and freedom of all women and children, our loved ones, families, friends and neighbors. I am especially proud of the wonderful witness of Episcopal women. Brava! Brava!

  3. Ronald Davin says:

    I hae read of the plight of the people in Mosul, and the former residents of Aleppo, of the victims of the flooding in California, and the tornado victims in the south. I read of the military casualties in various forms of recovery, of parents of cancer victims, and on and on……………… What is your problem again, and how can you be part of the solution ? Or, as our late President Kennedy asked, “Ask not what your Country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Country ?

  4. Doug Desper says:

    Interesting choices at this March. The pink p—-y hats that scream for attention yet reduce women to a body part that they otherwise disdain as their main identity, mountains upon mountains of garbage left behind, the bizarre rants, Madonna hissing that she thinks about blowing up the White House, Ashley Judd’s insane rant, the backhand given to the pro-life women who were eliminated as sponsors, women walking in vagina costumes, and some nearly naked, and now our Church proudly mingling in it all. Gives support to that criticism I heard from a Methodist some years ago: “Episcopalians will bless anything.”

    1. Doug Desper says:

      I also add that George Soros (of Occupy Wall Street and nearly any rent-a-mob fame) sunk over 90 million dollars into many of the groups’ participation in the March.

      1. Stephen Mills says:

        Doug, rather than worrying about these women’s hats, you should worry about your own. You obviously need more tinfoil.

        1. Doug Desper says:

          Protests about being objectified make more sense if the protesters don’t mimic the derogatory term that they object to. If it’s derogatory one day then it can’t be a badge of honor the next day.

          1. Lisa Ramish says:

            I’m going to take this comment as more of a question since what you really seem to be saying is that there’s an approach you don’t understand. Thanks for asking! Let me answer your question – one of the ways that people being mimicked (I would say marginalized) have responded to their marginalization is by “taking back” any derogatory term and using the term themselves to mean something different. Because these people are not coming from positions of strength, they have to respond in this (what you might consider – unusual) way. It would be hard for you to understand if they’re not one of the marginalized people being called that name/term. But I’m sure you could think of other examples that probably puzzled you in the past now that I’ve explained it.

  5. Ralph Davis says:

    “There are people here exercising their First Amendment rights to say they’re not happy with the direction things appear to be going, and I want the Episcopal Church to be part of that.” While I respect the rights of others to have views contrary to mine, I am also a member of the Episcopal church and a conservative. I wonder if The Episcopal Church has any room in their “welcome all” philosophy for conservatives like me?

    1. Lisa Ramish says:

      I know I am only one Episcopal but I say, “Yes!” The Episcopal Washington National Cathedral Choir sang at Trump’s Inauguration. I think it is possible for the Episcopal Church to support the office of the president and protest some of his words/actions.

    2. The Rev. Betsey Monnot says:

      Ralph Davis, the quote you cite is from me. While I marched in my clerical collar and hand-knitted pink hat, I was joined by some members of my congregation but not others. The Episcopal Church, and my congregation of All Saints, most certainly has room for all points of view. We stand together in our affirmation of the Baptismal covenant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.

  6. Betsy Crosby says:

    The hats were a reminder of the audiotape where Trump bragged that he grabbed women by the p*****. His statements and later defense that this was just locker room talk promoted women like me, a 68 year old widow, to March wearing the hat. I saw groups in DC there to protest the hate generated against immigrants,and people of color. Although I can not get pregnant at 68, I marched for the right of women to obtain safe and effective birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortion. I also worked for years in public schools with children who were disabled and was horrified when I saw Trump mock the reporter, and will not be gas lighted into believing this was not true. Finally, I am very concerned about Trump’s cabinet picks, especially DeVos , who had no idea that IDEA was a federal law to educate disabled children and do not want to see vouchers paid to charter schools, when it is known they do not accept children with autism and other disabilities.

    1. Ernie Hammel says:

      When are you going to protest Clinton’s rape, unwanted sexual advances, trips to islands with pedophiles??? No moral ground on which to stand. Since when did the episcopal church endorse infanticide???

  7. Dana Buffie says:

    Let us recognize the good and righteous presence of the Church within these rallies. It is with love we joined our sisters and brothers hand in hand. We stood as witnesses to the marginalized, to the fearful mind and to the hate rhetoric that has seared our hearts. No matter who showed up, or how they showed up, the Church was there with open arms. With signs held high above a welcoming offering was shared, a presence of peace hung in the air and a singular voice shared caring words. Carrying forth our promise of dignity for all.

  8. Mary Naughton says:

    This is so heartening! I went to the rally in West Palm Beach with my daughter and a few women from Church. I know of only one other Episcopal Priest who was there. People stopped me and asked if I was Episcopal and thanked me for being there. I think at least once other priest went to the gathering in Miami. But truthfully it was pretty lonely – no mention even privately from the other priests in my parish and no word that I know of from our diocese. I’m old enough to remember the Civil Rights marches and the anti Vietnam marches, where the Clergy led. What has happened?

  9. Lois Bauby says:

    I am an Episcopalian woman. I did not march. I joined the Espicopal church because all are welcome. That means “all” including me. I have had life experiences that have made it possible for me to have many gay friends, many friends of various colors and religions. Absolutely none of that determines for me the content of a person’s heart. I care deeply for those less fortunate than me because I have also been less fortunate. I absolutely believe in your right to make whatever choice you want with regards to abortion or not. In fact, for the stated purpose of the march I agree on every point. However, the timing of this march and the media coverage of this march says to me that this march was a protest in the election of Trump. And what you fear he might do to somehow infringe on our rights as women. To date he has done nothing to take away any right that you current have. Not funding Planned Parenthood does not take away your right to women’s health care or your right to have an abortion. It simply means it needs to be privately funded. Many of the very outspoken celebrities could easily supply that funding if their purpose was to actually help women. Threats and foul language from these women put an ugly blanket on a would be beautiful march. No you do not speak for me and I too at least was a part of the church. When it’s time to march, when your rights or my rights are actually threatened, I will march. Thus far all I have seen is a basket of imagined horribles, nothing of substance. I have seen women who are Pro Life being excluded as sponsors of a movement that is supposed to be about women’s health, how is that inclusive? As to the timing of this march, it was self evident that it was a protest march against our President. Am I a Trump supporter, as a matter of fact, no I am not. But I will wait to see what he actually does before I protest for rights I already have and have no intention of giving up. Stop confusing the right to life with the right to have the government pay for it. Do I want healthcare for all, yes I do. The “Affordable Care Act” isn’t affordable, hopefully we will have something that is affordable. I have said this over and over and over again and while I have tried very hard to listen to the plea, I have not been listened to or heard. I have been referred to as igornant and/or uneducated, I can accept that opinion if that is the message of the Episcopal church. I would caution that this type of elitist attitude however is exactly what caused, as one woman put it, her to march in November to vote for Trump.

    1. Lisa Ramish says:

      The Episcopal Washington National Cathedral Choir sang at the Trump Inauguration. I like to think it is possible for the church to both support Trump and protest Trump at the same time.

  10. Terry Francis says:

    I am in complete agreement with Ralph Davis and Lois Bauby . There is nothing joyous about this march that took place in DC as well as other locations in the U.S. and in other countries. I mean come on folks, this was a left wing Donald Trump hate fest masquerading as a march for women’s rights. Having Episcopalians, including priests, march in such an event where hate-filled rhetoric from various speakers filled the air as well as being put on banners and posters was nothing to be proud of. Far from it. Pro-life women were immediately told they were not welcome. So much for all the self-righteous platitudes about tolerance and inclusion. Ralph, you asked if there was any room in TEC’s welcome all philosophy for conservatives like you. Well, if those Episcopalians are progressives the answer is NO, maybe with a few exceptions. To the conservative they will say you are “welcome” to worship with us, just as long as you keep your mouth shut and keep your opinions to yourself. (And just in case anyone was wondering, no I did not vote for Trump.)

    1. Joan Gundersen says:

      Terry, If you weren’t AT a march, then you don’t know whether it was joyous. I was at the march in Washington DC. The crowd was there to protest what had already been done (cabinet appointments of people who will dismantle most of the rights, legal, and environmental protections that have been safeguarding all of us) and to say we will resist any efforts to reduce women’s rights — which include but are not limited to clean air and water, attention to issues of hunger and health care, safety from abuse, freedom from racism and religious profiling. The crowd was upbeat, positive, downright cheerful, and generally joyous. It was invigorating to be there. I know that others in other places had the same reaction. I also note that the first several negative posts were all by men. Just to note, there were men at the marches, helpful and supportive men. They got it. Sorry you don’t.

  11. Erica Chappuis says:

    I am super proud to see Episcopal women involved in the Women’s March. I could not march this time but would love to join a group for the next march and will keep an eye out for groups traveling to Washington, D.C. The numbers of the crowd were amazing all over the world, dwarfing what appears to be a developing authoritarian administration’s inaugural. I’m not a Madonna fan and did not appreciate her language, but I loved Ashley Judd’s flawless performance (poetry slam) of 19-year-old Nina Mariah Donovan’s powerful poem. Yes we must love, but love can be powerful and speak large and strong; it must never be mistaken for weakness. I am viewing the color pink with new eyes. Thank you, Ladies from all corners of the Earth and thank you Episcopal Women!

    P.S., George Soros is a billionaire philanthropist who has spoken out against both Putin and Trump and supports Progressive projects so naturally he has some enemies. Personally I am happy to have him on board with the Women’s March.

  12. Lisa Ramish says:

    I marched with the Episcopalian priests in that 3rd pictures, and I saw many Episcopalians shine with joy when they saw our sign. They would come up to us and say, “I’m Episcopalian!” It was incredibly moving. With that said, one of the things that concerned me at the march and one of the things that is now brought up for me again in these pictures is the absence of women of color.

    1. Ernie Hammel says:

      Does the Episcopalian church endorse/approve of the act of abortion?

  13. Mary Abelack says:

    I’m shocked and disgusted that the Episcopal church sanctioned participation in such an event. This was not a march about women’s rights. This was nothing more than a march of individuals that are angry that their candidate wasn’t elected. To have women of the church march around wearing “pink pu$$y” hats is disgusting and degrading to women and does not display any christian values whatsoever. To be offended by someone’s comments, I get, but what ever happened to turning the other cheek and trying to be the better person. Very disturbing.

  14. It was powerful to stand in such a spirited, determined, even joyous crowd at San Francisco’s march. My parish, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in SF, had great representation, as did many other congregations and ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of California. People who have never marched in their lives came, as did some who hadn’t marched in years. It was intergenerational — my spouse and I were far from alone in bringing our children– and we stood together to resist forces that threaten to undermine the human dignity of women. We did so with a strongly intersectional emphasis, lifting up race, class, immigration status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious tradition and more. It was a profoundly hopeful event, and we will need that hope and strength in the days to come. In fact, we need it now.

  15. Bill Louis says:

    The spin that the ENS put on this event is unbelievable. To protest peacefully is a first amendment right which is a freedom we all enjoy. That said, I can’t believe some church’s clergy and parishioners attended such a pagan event. They must have been blind not to see the nudity displayed by some women, the vagina costumes and knit “cat vagina hats”, and the disgusting signs and hear the speeches from foul mouth celebrities. Much to my chagrin, my daughter-in-law who has always been guilty of poor judgement took my eight year old granddaughter to the event and had her carry a sign around. The event was beyond disgusting and not a place for children.
    It’s no wonder the Episcopal Church is losing membership. I plan to redirect my pledge away from any Dioceses assessments or pledges that may possibly support churches that participate in this kind of nonsense. If any of you care you will too. Perhaps that will send a message to our church leadership.

  16. F William Thewalt says:

    As a nearly 50 year Episcopalian I am saddened by the fact that I am marginalized by the church because I don’t support protests, marches, fund-raisers or “official clergy” responses about rights, candidates, presidents, other elected officials, minorities, immigrants and all the other wrongs perceived. When I took up the Episcopalian faith, I did not have to be an “activist.” I supported my church and participated in its services. My vicar steadfastly maintained that he would not pretend to tell me how to feel on the issues of the day. That was appealing.

  17. The Rev. Ann Van Dervoort says:

    I am an Episcopal Priest, who was unable to go to Washington to participate in the Women’s March, but I happily marched with 15,000 others in Nashville! I walked with two Episcopal women, but my heart was gladdened as I ran into into many other Episcopalians along thew way! It was a peaceful and very joyful experience that I will never forget, and I hope to participate in more like it in the future. The signs about reproductive rights did not offend me. They were right on target! The young women in our country are sick of men making laws that have to do with their selves and their bodies. My age group carried signs that said “We will NOT go back to the 50’s!” It was not easy to decide which of the many issues that are being tampered with to address, so my group decided on a very large banner that said “If you want peace, work for justice–with wisdom, courage and love.”

    1. Ernie Hammel says:

      Does the Episcopal Church approve of the act of abortion? Please advise.

      1. Brooke Johnson Suiter says:

        The Episcopal Church has not taken an official position on this issue. At our baptism, we promise to respect the dignity of every person. The Episcopal Church has tried to follow the “via media” or middle way. Our church has historically embraced and welcomed divergent views. We have a tradition of respectful discussion that allows for reasonable persons to teach a variety of conclusions. Reason, scripture and tradition are our resources . In prayer, we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the song lyrics remind us, “Let us take bread together on our knees.” Rejoice in the living God who forgives all our sins and brings us the gifts of love, mercy and grace.”

  18. Doug Desper says:

    The annual March for Life has little ground support and no coverage from my Church. In last year’s blizzard there were thousands in DC. In years before many times that. The fact that our Church yawns at such outpourings and often finds the word “prolife” offensive says such a lot. In sum, those proud of marching among the nearly naked, the vagina costumes, the violent, and the ludicrous, must also know that they marched in a group that officially shoved prolife women to the margin. If anybody is interested check out the prolife march in last year’s blizzard. Any Episcopal clergy collars or Episcopal banners going to join in this year?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msYQKZZ8gxY

  19. Ronald Davin says:

    Will there be any of these spirit filled women marching in the right to life parade today ?

  20. Ernie Hammel says:

    Two Points…

    1) IF these women were so outraged at comments President Trump made about women, why were they not protesting ex pres. Clinton when he was accused on multiple occasions of rape and unwanted sex advances. It was Hillary who said every women who makes a charge of sex misconduct my a man must be believed. These were a bunch of hypocritical angry radical left women with misplaced anger. They are really angry at Clinton, but can’t are too afraid to upset the left wing agenda setters.
    2) Does the Episcopal Church approve of the act of abortion?

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