Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist Bishops mark King assassination anniversary with joint statement

Joint Statement of Bishops Kopacz, Kihneman, Seage and Swanson

April 3, 2018

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As our nation gathers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this is an ideal time for our respective Christian communities to devote an even greater commitment to fostering understanding across racial, ethnic and gender divides.

As Bishops of the Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist traditions, we are asking each of our faithful to stand with us in recognizing and rejecting continued injustice against our neighbors.  As we celebrate this Easter season, a season of rebirth, let us all be reborn with a renewed spirit of love and compassion to strengthen our parish and secular communities and to not be afraid of the stranger at the door.

Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz                                    Bishop Louis F. Kihneman, III 
Eleventh Bishop                                                       Fourth Bishop
Catholic Diocese of Jackson                                   Catholic Diocese of Biloxi


Bishop Brian R. Seage                                         Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.
Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal                                 Resident Bishop, MS Conference
Diocese of Mississippi                                             The United Methodist Church


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