News & Messages

A message from Bishop Miller in response to the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

Dear Friends in Christ,
Seven years ago today, the community of Oak Creek, the town in which I now live, was rocked by violence born of hate. Tonight I will join with others in our community to pray for those who were killed this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio as well as those killed at the Sikh Temple seven years ago and call on our elected officials at both the federal and state level to enact sane and reasonable gun laws such as universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and to require all gun manufactures to embrace smart gun technology.
These mass shootings are only one aspect of an increasingly violent society. There are many others. Each points to despair, hopelessness, and rage which have infected so many and that some have exploited for personal and political gain.
In the midst of this, we are called to live in and embrace the Shalom of God, that peace which passes all human understanding and lives in sure and certain hope that violence will never have the last word.
I would invite you to join me in praying daily the prayer of Blessed Francis, found on page 833 of the Book of Common Prayer. I also ask you to share this prayer with others and invite them to join you in being an agent of peace.
Bishop Steven A. Miller

A Day of Action for Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence

Today our partners at Brady are holding a day of action to encourage senators to act. Bishop Miller and Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence encourage you to take part in this day of action with Brady.

The Background Check Expansion Act pending in the Senate (S. 42) expands background checks to cover all gun transactions with limited exceptions. In February, the House of Representatives passed a companion bill, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8). But in the 114 days since then the Senate has failed even to hold a debate.

Please contact your senators today and encourage them to support S. 42. Contact information is here.

Alternately, you may text S42 to 877-877 to contact your senators and urge them to support S.42, the Background Check Expansion Act.