Bishop Rickel’s Statement regarding Credible Threats Against Clergy and Houses of Worship
June 24, 2022
With the overturning of Roe V Wade today we have just received this from the Presiding Bishop’s office. I know there are a host of feelings about all of this. I am, personally, deeply saddened by it but I pass this along and as I receive any other information I do promise to let you know. I am traveling in Jordan on pilgrimage currently but did want to get this out to you all.
“We have received information from federal authorities of credible security threats against clergy and churches around the potential release by the US Supreme Court of its abortion decision. There is concern that clergy who have advised parishioners about abortion access and their reproductive rights may face threats or violence.
The guidance we are hearing is for religious communities to encourage peaceful responses to the decision when it comes – in the days following the decision and also in weeks to come — while remaining vigilant about potential security threats.
Thank you for your leadership on this, and so many other matters.”
Blessings to all of you, and peace,