The Episcopal Diocese’s Letter to President Trump

 
We have received an overwhelming response to this letter.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we continue to walk in the path of anti-violence and anti-hate in all forms.  This means all types of violence against one another; on the streets, against public safety officers, and against those who differ from our own individual political beliefs and parties.  We are called to be One.  We reject all violence and call on all elected officials, Christians and Americans to do the same.

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Dear President Trump,

We are the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. We value our commonwealth’s heritage as the birthplace of the United States of America founded on the principles of equality and justice for all. As our new President, we want you to know that we are now praying and will continue to pray for you. We will pray for you in our liturgy, churches and homes. We are the Bishop, Clergy, and Laity of the Diocese. We are Republicans, Democrats, Independents and other “political” parties. We comprise a cross section of America; we are a variety of political beliefs and opinions. We are those who voted for you and those who did not. Although we are diverse, we share in an unshakable common faith in the transformative and life-giving power of Jesus Christ.

As you are a professed follower of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we believe you have empathy in your heart and want the best for our nation and the people of the United States. Thus, we ask that you affirmatively and unequivocally condemn any instance of hate, violence, intimidation, harassment, aggression against any of our brothers and sisters with whom we share this country. We are asking that this be done through a public pronouncement.

President Trump, we want you to publicly condemn violence, acts of hate or aggression against women, minorities, the poor, disabled, veterans, the unemployed, immigrants, those of different religions and beliefs, those who are gay, transgender, or the working poor. While the words of division used during this campaign caused deep angst and pain, we believe in redemption and goodness. Thus, we seek your voice. This is not policy pronouncement nor a political statement. It is a covenant with the people of our nation.

We are Christians that recite a baptismal covenant to pray, resist evil, repent and return to the Lord. We proclaim by word and example the Good News of Jesus Christ and seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves. We strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. As our President, we ask you do the same.

As followers of Jesus Christ in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, we will pray for you. We will pray that God will bless you, protect you, and give you wisdom, patience, discernment, health, and love. We will pray for each member of your family. We will pray for your cabinet and your administration. We also need your voice. Stand against hate and discrimination.

This is who we are as Americans of whom you are the President. Each day we will pray for you; and if the declaration we have hopefully asked of you has not been made, we will continue to pray for you and for our country. However, we will seek the voices of our brothers and sisters of all races, religions, and belief to join us in this request.
 
President Trump the time is now and while we pray, we await your voice.
 
The Rt. Revd. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
 
The Rev. Canon Shawn Wamsley
Deborah Stambaugh
James Stambaugh
The Rev. Deacon Karen Kamaskis
Fr. Ian Montgomery
Suzanne Gutiérrez
The Rev. Timothy Safford
The Rev. Michael Ruk
The Rev. Jon Clodfelter
The Rev. Mariclair Partee
The Rev. Samuel Murangi
The Rev. Michael Rau
The Rev. Dean Judith Sullivan
The Rev. Deacon Phil Geliebter
The Rev. Kirk Berlenbach
The Rev. Anne Thatcher
The Rev. Frank Allen
The Rev. Dr. Martini Shaw
Patricia Smith
Aaron Skrypski
The Rev. Catherine D. Kerr
The Rev. Deacon Ken McCaslin
The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining
The Rev. Maryjo Melberger
The Rev. Deacon Pat Rubenstein
Eric Rabe
Norm McCausland
The Rev. Harry White
David E. Griffith
Marcia L. Hinton
Vicki Ellis
The Rev. Henry Galganowicz
The Rev Anne Ritchings
Karen Lash
The Rev. Gregory M. Wilson
Andrew P. Phillips
The Reverend Nancy Hauser
The Rev. Deacon Joseph Dietz
Karen Givnish
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Eoyang, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz
The Rev. David Robinson
Jane M. Kamp
The Rev. Terence C. Roper
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Wissler
The Rev. Judith L.T. Beck
Rick Alexander
The Rt. Rev. Allen Bartlett
Jan Berry Schroeder
Phyllis B. Cater
Fr. Ryan R. Whitley
Fr. Richard Datos-Robÿn
John D. Teel
Cathy Sierra
Gloria Rhone Stewart
Kim Shiley
The Rev. Dr. Koshy Mathews
Neville E. Strumpf
Anita Friday
George Vosburgh
Kathy S. Truesdale
Suzie Kerr Laborda
Cara Valente-Compton
Peter Datos-Robyn
Matthew Dayton-Welch
The Rev. Monica Whitaker
Melissa Rau
The Rev. Lloyd H. Winter
The Rev. Emmanuel Williamson
The Rev. Thomas McClellan
The Rev. Betsy S. Ivey
The Rev. James H. Littrell
The Rev. David Morris
Deacon Lynn Czarniecki
The Rev. Tim Gavin
The Rev. Marlene Haines
The Rev. Adam Kradel
Barbara Tobin
Barbara Dundon
The Rev. Lori Exley
Ken Eiker
The Rev. Donna Maree
The Rev. Carl E. Metzger
Mary T. Clark
The Rev. Kathy Andonian
Greg Williams
Samuel Frenkel
The Very Rev. Emily Richards
The Rev. John Kimball
Barbara Kimball
The Rev. Sarah Hedgis
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Dilliplane
The Rev. Lisa Keppeler
Betsy Crowell
The Rev. Jeffrey Moretzsohn
Dale Cleary
Tina Hogan
Micah Brunner
Karen L. Dinger
Kristen Ostendorf
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Geoff Middleton
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The Reverend Dr. Bradley S. Hauff
John Schneider
Karen Fox-Schneider
Richard Pearce
Kathleen Pearce
Mark Klinger
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Kristen Kelly
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Ann N. Greene
Bob Mikrut
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William W. Cutler, III
Doug Magee
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Rachael Oram Stube
Jan Oliver
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Amy Cutler
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Edward R. Hill
Dina L. Harvey
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Kevin Daugherty Hook
Laura Spivey
Janet G. Puente
Glenna Geiger
Dana Hall
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Eloise Gift
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Antonette Salazar
Kristina Marchuk
Terry Moore Sr.
Mary Keehfuss-Calvanese
Mary Catherine Bluder
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Carol Christian
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Michael Knight
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Rich Farrow
Charles A. Ernst
Mary Ernst
Mary Anne Noon
Dina Carter Ishler
Patrick Ishler
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Vincent Giancaterino
Michael Coburn
Randy Elliott Coburn
Ivy Mae Manning Horsfall
Sara Campbell
Aimee Quinn
Jeannene Ziegler
Karen Higgins
Terry Brubaker Ullman
Earlene J. Austin
Stroud Hellebusch
Sarah Kate K. Lohmann
The Rev. Tim Steeves
Deborah Steeves
Walter Liefeld
Judy Liefeld
Jere Bricker
Katie Webb
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Martha Ann Holland
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Peter Kane
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Carlia Miller
Sara W. Shick
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Kristina Baumli
Alan Willcox
John McLaughlin
Treva McLaughlin
Ann Howard
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Cheryl Hair
Pat Newman
Carolyn Newman
Diane Eyre DeMar
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The Rev. Randy Williamson
Rosanne DeFelippo
Nelson Martin
Judith Jenkins
Susan Mary Malone
Janet Austin Ross
James Russell Ross
Gloria Penn-Easton
Mark Butler
Vickie Koehler Averhoff
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Juanita Trujillo
Marilyn Dixon
Dave Dixon
Karen Reid
Sharon Webster
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Juli Reddy
John Underwood
The Rev. Dr. Marjorie Keiter
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Justin E. Crawford
Amy Crawford
Dolores Griego
Cheryl Sparks
Bradford Smith
Barbara Chilcott
Tad Pound
Brandy Scombordi-Raghu
The Rev. Carol Duncan
Marti Wilson
The Rev. Dr. James L. Ley
The Rev. Deacon J. Robin Robb
The Rev. Arthur Brunner
Joan Brunner
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Adu Andoh
Kurt Brunner
The Very Rev. Deirdre Whitfield
Dr. Todd B. Brown
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Charles Dell
Elizabeth Dell
The Rev. Keith Marsh
Janet Gilman
Elizabeth Alvino
Jonathan Sutton
Burt Blackburn
Maria Leal
Nancy Fogarty
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Julie Daye
The Rev. Kevin Dellaria
Peggy Buescher
Jerome Buescher
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Cordelia Biddle
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Patricia Shields
Michelle Stawicki
Julie Snarski
Peace Baxter
Clelland N. Green
Nora Adelmann
Amanda Smoot
Jane Wilson
Clifford Lash
Tamika Rodriguez
Theodore Rodriguez
Suzanne Campbell
The Rev. John R. Wallace
Patricia Donnelly
Amy Allen
Joanne Priem
William Lowden
Laney Vogt
The Rev. Charles Messer
Jessica Davis
Bob Anderson
Judy O’Neill
Barbara Broadbent
James Pope
Doug Rorapaugh
Lesley Mortimer
Christina Nord
Caroline Oakes
Keith Dodd
Edward Burdzy
Karen Parker
Barbara Kroberger
Christine Parker
Joseph Madison
Cicely Murray
William Miller
Rose Dodd
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The Rev. Deacon Donna Barr
Gail Johnson
Barbara Harvey
Reid McCarthy
William Jacobs
Mike Jacobs
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Laura-Jean Prestage
Robert Gross
Alfeia DeVaughn Goodwin
Peg Kleppinger
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Paul Harris
Richard Schultz
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Martha Hewson
Lisa Moore
Dana Toedtman
Frances Upshaw
Jill McNish
Bella Englebach
Sue Reilly
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Doris Rajagopal
Allyson Ross
Arthur Sudler
Lupe Summers
John Summers
Jane Kopas
Belinda G. Ash
Sarann Class Foster
Donald Carl Foster
The Rev. Paul Briggs
Allison Duncan
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Margaret Kerr
Patricia Cashman
Stacey Carmody
Frances Ann Wilson
Carol Estornell
Ronnie H. Collins
Linda Holmes
Susan Folk
Janet Folk
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Dereck Baxter
David Rivers
Elizabeth Rivers
The Rev. Patricia A. Oglesby
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Kevin Miller
Jonathan Scott
Ken Oakes
Robert Rachal
Denise LeGendre
Peter Ryker
Victoria Sicks
Shana Kaplanov
Jonathan Adams
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David Taylor
Denise LeGendre
Penelope Paul
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Gerald McCann
The Rev. Marlee Norton
Phyllis Drackley
Pamela Thaxter
Richard Limoges, MD
Christine Broome
Glenn Matis
Barbara Billings
Cheryl Masterman
Julia Schroeder
Agnes Wozniak
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Ed Shiley
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David Kasievich
Carolyn Hankerson
Janet Hartzell
Joan Cesare
Jose De Jesus
Barbara Thornton
Belinda G Ash
James Sicks
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Mary Hobart
R. Muriel Rains
Cheryl Werkiser
Sandra Suprenuk
Jocelyn Tenney
Dennis Lloyd
Doug Anderson
David Sams
Richard Limoges
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Christopher Donald
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Michael Newman
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The Rev. Daniel T. Moore
Kent Hughes
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