Southwestern Virginia: Bishop’s statement on Charlottesville violence

Posted Aug 17, 2017

[Episocpal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia] On behalf of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and in solidarity with the church and its bishops in the Diocese of Virginia, I strongly condemn the violence and hate currently taking place in Charlottesville. There is no place, whatsoever, for white supremacy or hate-filled rhetoric in the streets of Virginia or anywhere else in this country. As disciples of Jesus, we are to be peacemakers and reconcilers. I ask all Episcopalians in Southwestern Virginia to come together with bold courage and the hope of Christ to counter those who dwell in the darkness of fear and hate.

Let us strive to create a vision for our common life with no room for bigotry and intolerance. I commend the people of Charlottesville to your prayers and offer the Prayer for Social Justice from our Book of Common Prayer as a guide.

“Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart and especially the hearts of the
people of this land, that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.
-Book of Common Prayer, pg. 823

The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas