The Sacredness of Life Expressed Through Mutual Respect

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops, sponsored a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during General Convention in June.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops, sponsored a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during General Convention in June.

Tragedy strikes again in a school setting where innocent people are randomly gunned down…

Immediately, calls come forth for changing laws around the accessibility of firearms. These are important conversations that are long overdue and need to be shaped in the spirit of the sacredness of life expressed through mutual respect.

Immediately, calls come forth for something to be done with the plight of those who suffer from mental illness. These are important conversations that are long overdue and need to be shaped in the spirit of the sacredness of life expressed through mutual respect. 

And new to this all-too-familiar scenario are the stories being told of what could be described as religious persecution. The vast majority of Christian Americans have never experienced, firsthand, being singled out with potential dire consequences based solely on their faith.

The fact is that these, too, are conversations long overdue overdue and need to be shaped in the spirit of the sacredness of life expressed through mutual respect. The fact is that a significant number of Americans from other faith traditions consistently are persecuted for their faith. And yes, Christians are regularly persecuted in many other parts of the world. 

Imagine…

if all life was viewed as sacred rather than disposable;

if all, regardless of physical, emotional, or mental challenges, were treated with dignity;

and if all faith traditions were respected and appreciated for the way they embraced and embodied the sacredness of God.

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