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Church Responds to Violence in South Sudan

Church Responds to Violence in South Sudan

Clashes between political factions in South Sudan, which erupted in early July, have continued to worsen. Nearly 60,000 people have fled the country, most seeking refuge in Uganda, and the United Nations estimates that 40,000 people have been internally displaced by the latest violence. On Monday, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which says…

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Living In a Time of Convulsive Violence

Dear Friends, We are in a time of convulsive violence, here and around the world. Just this week, we have witnessed the killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police officers, and then the killings of five police officers who were working to ensure the safety of a…

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Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness

Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness

On June 2, people across the country will wear orange as a sign of their commitment to diminishing the scourge of gun violence that besets the United States. The movement was born in mourning on the south side of Chicago, and Bishop Jeffrey Lee is asking members of the diocese to give it their support. “Fifteen-year-old Hadiya…

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Bishop Lee on Facing the Death of Laquan McDonald

Everywhere we turn this morning in Chicago, we are confronted by images of Laquan McDonald, a young black man, being gunned down on one of our city streets by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. The video of Laquan’s death, released by the mayor’s office just hours after the officer was charged with…

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