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posted Nov 2, 2014, 4:35 PM by Trinity Vestry   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 4:39 PM ]

Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Both of our bishops, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas and the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens (as well as our retired Bishop Jim Curry) are members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, an ad hoc group of almost 60 Episcopal bishops that was organized in 2013 following the mass shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. (Retired Bishop Jim Curry is also a member.)

Bishop Douglas, one of three conveners of Bishops United, is a co-author with Bishop William T. Stokes of New Jersey of a new briefing paper that cites overwhelming public support for universal background checks and makes the case for life-saving gun legislation.

 In this four-minute video, Bishop Ian T. Douglas gives an overview of the paper's contents. 

Bishop Douglas and Bishop Ahrens both urge the lay and ordained leaders in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to read and study the paper, and commend its call to action. 



Includes visitations; dinners/luncheons for Bishops and Wardens, Bishops and Laity, Bishops and Confirmands (adults and teens); Confirmations; Clericus meetings; Ordinations; Celebrations of New Ministry; Clergy Retreat; Bishops' Retreat. It does not include all meetings/events at which one or both bishops may attend. Information taken from the online ECCT calendar (at on 10/29/14.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Confirmations - St. Paul's on the Green, Norwalk, Bishop Ahrens

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Visitation - St. Saviour, Old Greenwich - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - St. John's, Stamford - Bishop Ahrens

Tuesday, November 4 -Thursday November 6 2014
Annual Clergy Retreat at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West 

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Visitation - St. Michael's, Litchfield - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - Grace Church, Newington - Bishop Ahrens

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bishops & Wardens Dinner

Thursday, November 13, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Clericus - Hartford & Central Deaneries
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Clericus - Danbury & Mid-Fairfield Deaneries

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Visitation - St. Stephen's, Ridgefield - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - St. Francis, Stamford - Bishop Ahrens

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bishops & Teen Confirmands Dinner

Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Clericus - Bridgeport & Stamford Deaneries

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clericus - Additional Option
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Adult Confirmands & Bishops Luncheon

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Visitation - St. Paul's Fairfield - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - St. Mary's, Manchester - Bishop Ahrens

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Visitation - St. Timothy's, Fairfield - Bishop Ahrens

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bishops and Laity Dinner - December 2, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Meriden Community Gathering

Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Joint Leadership Meeting

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Visitation - Christ Church, East Norwalk - Bishop Ahrens
Visitation - Christ & the Epiphany, East Haven - Bishop Douglas

Monday, December 8 - Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Province I Bishops retreat

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Visitation - St. Andrew's, Madison - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - St. John's, Vernon - Bishop Ahrens

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clericus - Middlesex & New Haven Deaneries

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ordination of Patrick Bush to the priesthood - Trinity, Tariffville

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Visitation - Trinity, Lime Rock  - Bishop Douglas
Visitation - St. James, Winsted - Bishop Ahrens

This is the second issue of what I hope will be a monthly newsletter from the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and is a response to a request for more communication. It may change a bit over time as it matures. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome. Please talk to either of the bishops and you can also email the editor, Karin Hamilton,

The next issue is planned for mid-November and will feature Bishop Laura Ahrens in a video, talking about the planned Dec. 12 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath (of Faiths United). She will also reflect on the upcoming season of Advent.