I’m honestly rendered speechless by what happened in Colorado and I don’t feel qualified to really make any comment on how I know how they feel because I honestly don’t. Sojourners contacted a Colorado pastor to make a statement and here is the statement in its entirety with all his formatting because he is in a position to speak on this in a way that many of us aren’t. His opinions aren’t necessarily mine but he’s in Colorado and is sticking his neck out to speak so I’m copying everything as he states it, regardless of whether or not I share his views.
Here is his bio:
The Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor. He is the author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity. In addition to contributing to God’s Politics, Roger also blogs for Patheos, Huffington Post, and Elephant Journal.
Here is what he has to say:
It’s a sad day in Colorado. Our collective hearts hurt.
I didn’t want to blog today. Blogging in response to everything that happens in the news can come across as knee-jerk, reactionary, self-serving, and exploitive. We’re called to “pray without ceasing” — not to blog without ceasing. Sometimes reverent silence is what is needed.
The staff at Sojourners contacted me and invited me to write something in response to what just happened. So, I’m not writing a blog. I’m providing a Public Service Announcement:
1. The single best way for us to respond at this time is to give blood and/or plasma at your local Red Cross or similar agency. This saves lives.
** Colorado Locals: Bonfils Blood Center is asking for blood donations, especially O neg, A neg and plasma. The need will continue for many days, so if you can’t get in today, call 303.366.2000 to make an appointment for early next week.
2. It’s time to end the antiquated prohibition that ban gay men from giving blood. Here’s how to contact HHS and urge them to end the antiquated ban that prevents gay men from giving blood. They bleed red too and I’ll happily welcome their blood should my son or I need it. http://www.hhs.gov/ash/contactus/contactus.html. Capital punishment isn’t the answer.
3. Killing people to teach people that killing people is wrong is oxymoronic. It also costs more to the taxpayers than incarcerating someone for life. But most importantly, it goes against our faith and cheapens human life and perpetuates the failed myth of redemptive violence.
4. Calls for an increase in concealed carry handguns isn’t the answer.
One out of every five Americans will suffer mental illness at some point in their lives. Who are any of us to think that we won’t be one of that number?
Studies also show that people’s handguns are more likely end up harming them, or one of their loved ones, than it will be used to “shoot a bad guy.” Moreover, James Holmes was wearing a helmet, a gas mask, and body armor.
5. What would help a lot is to enact true universal health care in this country that provides mental health coverage. Here’s how to write our congresspeople and urge them to do that: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
6. Another thing that can surely help is for each of us to smile at more people more often, hug more people more often, and tell more people that we love them more often.
7. Pray for the victims and their families and loved ones — and also for the shooter and his family and loved ones.
8. Finally, here’s a song by my friend Amy Steinberg that may help soothe some tender hearts.
Thank you for your prayers for the people of our state during this difficult time.
If you want to comment on what Roger has to say, do so on the Sojourner’s page with the article. Comments are closed on this entry because my combox is not a place to parse out what he has to say.
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.