Episcopalians Support March for Our Lives with Prayer, Hospitality, Action

Featured image, above: Parishioners of every age from Trinity Church in Fayetteville carry messages of support at March for Our Lives Syracuse on March 24, 2018. Photo by Sue Cenci.

Heeding Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe’s encouragement to “walk in support of our young people,” Episcopalians all over Central New York participated in peaceful protests Saturday March 24th, calling for an end to gun violence at youth-organized March for Our Lives rallies in Utica, Corning, Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse.

More than 150 people from dozens of faith communities attended an ecumenical prayer service at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse, organized by the Diocese in support of the Syracuse March for Our Lives rally (download the service bulletin here).

In Binghamton, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church made the most of their location directly across from Binghamton High School, the start point for March for Our Lives Binghamton. The church hosted a prayer service for about fifty people just before the March, and set up pop-up tents providing coffee, cookies and bottled water for the marchers.

More photos from Saturday follow.

Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe (center) with the Rev. Brooks Cato (left) and the Rev. Chuck Stewart (right) representing the Diocese at the Syracuse rally. Photo by Sue Cenci.

March for Our Lives Syracuse organizers Sydney Schulman and Rachel Krul, both students at Christian Brothers Academy, addressed faith communities at a pre-March prayer service organized by the Diocese of Central New York at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse. Photo by Sue Cenci.

Danae H., who attends St. James’ Church in Skaneateles, carries a sign at March for Our Lives Syracuse that reads “Not One More.” Photo by Sue Cenci.

Binghamton’s Trinity Memorial Church set up tents offering free refreshments to marchers. Photo by Jeff Fellows.

Christ Episcopal Church in Manlius, led by rector the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew (front), was one of dozens of faith communities attending a prayer service before March for Our Lives Syracuse. Photo by Sue Cenci.

Young people and supporters head to March for Our Lives Syracuse after a prayer service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Photo by Sue Cenci.

The Rev. Jeanne Hansknecht, rector of St. Peter’s Church in Cazenovia, holds a sign in Syracuse bearing an icon of “Our Lady of Ferguson and All Those Killed by Gun Violence.” Photo by Sue Cenci.

“Episcopalians praying & working for change,” reads one March participant’s sign. Photo by Sue Cenci.

Episcopal clergy and laypeople alike were well-represented at March for Our Lives events throughout Central New York, including the Syracuse rally. Photo by Sue Cenci.

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