Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Enough Is Enough,' Says U.S. Bishop after Police Shootings

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Enough Is Enough,' Says U.S. Bishop after Police Shootings

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July 7-12 Richmond Hill, Ont.

Recent high-profile acts of violence in the U.S. are signs the world is "begging" to be shown the way of Jesus, Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC), told General Synod in an address July 8.

"Just in the last week, a child of God was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; just in the last week, a child of God was killed in St. Paul, Minnesota; and just last night, children of God were killed. They happened to wear the uniform of police officers; another two happened to be African American," Curry said, referring lastly to the shooting death July 7 of five police officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, by sniper fire.

This violence, Curry said, had its roots in a "spiritual malady," and he asked General Synod members to "pray for your brothers and sisters, for the people of the United States in particular."

People need to remember, Curry said, that the Genesis account of human beings being created in the image of God means that they are all God's children. This idea needs to be realized now in his country, he said. "We in the United States are struggling now, with how we can learn and grow to become a country and a culture where human life is sacred," he said. "Enough is enough."

Christians, he said, need to remember that they're not just members of churches, but are members of "the Jesus movement"--a movement based on love as an alternative to force, and a movement whose message the world desperately needs to hear. …

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