[Episcopal Church in South Carolina]
Dear People of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina,
After the presidential election on Tuesday, responses ranged from joy and delightful surprise to confusion, lamentation and grief. Whatever your own sense post-election, I hope you will, in Christian charity, be kind to yourself and one another, especially with those with whom you disagree. Our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being holds in all circumstances.
The greatest gift we have to offer in Christ is that of love. Stay true to our tradition as a people of prayer where we will find reconciling grace to face the days ahead. I would direct you to the prayers for our country and president on page 820 of The Book of Common Prayer, where we ask of God that we be saved “from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.” Pray for Donald, our President-elect, that he be granted God’s “wisdom and strength to know and do God’s will… filled with the love of truth and righteousness.”
As for me, I will continue to work tirelessly for the marginalized of our world. I hope that the election results make us even more resolute in response to this call, for it is in our actions of love and compassion where we will find resurrection hope and bring the love of Jesus to bear. We can do so together.