A Pilgrimage to #WearOrange!
In the spirit of Pentecost when we are reminded that every life is of value to God, I invite you to consider participating in a twenty-day vigil from June 1 through June 20. Seeing the face of God in each other has national and global significance. Let us pray and act in solidarity with migrant workers, victims of gun violence, persons in prison, and persons seeking refuge among us and around the world. The Bishops United have also developed a number of liturgical resources for this season - you can find them here. Below are some resources for each of these significant events that you can use in your local congregation and community.
Your fellow servant in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
VIII Episcopal Bishop in Rochester
#WearOrange has become a national movement to make visible the victims of gun violence. The #WearOrange website says:
The color orange symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wearorange in the woods to protect themselves and others. In 2013, teens on the South Side of Chicago asked classmates to honor their murdered friend by wearing orange. That simple call to action has grown into a national movement – and orange is becoming the symbol of gun safety. Explore new ways to join the movement, and #WearOrange on June 2for National Gun Violence Awareness Day!
This year, we will participate in #WearOrange as part of our Pilgrimage of Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. Orange is the color of gun violence awareness, it is the color of so many incarcerated people, and it is the color of life vests worn by many seeking refuge from war-torn places. Faithful saints of our diocese are even makingorange stoles and orange shirts for these events, which are available for purchase. This is an opportunity to wear orange as often as possible through the month of June as we join in these meaningful events:
June 1: Rural & Migrant Ministry Event in Albany
This is a day before the official #WearOrange day, but this is an excellent opportunity to show support for our sisters and brothers at Rural & Migrant Ministry as they march in Albany, while also taking a stand against gun violence. You can also consider other ways to get involved here.
June 2: #WearOrange Rallies
Is your parish holding a #WearOrange rally or prayer vigil on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day? You can register your community's event here, which will help others know it's happening!
June 20: World Refugee Day March @ Ascension, Rochester
On Monday, June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester as we gather with New Americans at Ascension Episcopal Church, Rochester, at 5:30 p.m. We will start by hearing from New Americans as they share a few quick stories. At 6 p.m., we'll take to the streets to prayerfully march in solidarity with New Americans in one of Rochester's most diverse neighborhoods. #NewAmericansMatter! If you can't attend, consider other ways to be involved and review the congregational checklist published by the Episcopal Church.