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Statements from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Statement on Supreme Court Dobbs decision by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry  Today the Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The court has overturned the constitutional right to abortion that was recognized in the seminal 1973 case Roe v. Wade.  
 
While I, like many, anticipated this decision, I am deeply grieved by it. I have been ordained more than 40 years, and I have served as a pastor in poor communities; I have witnessed firsthand the negative impact this decision will have.
 
We as a church have tried carefully to be responsive both to the moral value of women having the right to determine their healthcare choices as well as the moral value of all life. Today's decision institutionalizes inequality because women with access to resources will be able to exercise their moral judgment in ways that women without the same resources will not.
 
This is a pivotal day for our nation, and I acknowledge the pain, fear, and hurt that so many feel right now. As a church, we stand with those who will feel the effects of this decision—and in the weeks, months, and years to come.   The Episcopal Church maintains that access to equitable health care, including reproductive health care and reproductive procedures, is “an integral part of a woman’s struggle to assert her dignity and worth as a human being” (2018-D032). The church holds that “reproductive health procedures should be treated as all other medical procedures, and not singled out or omitted by or because of gender” (2018-D032). The Episcopal Church sustains its “unequivocal opposition to any legislation on the part of the national or state governments which would abridge or deny the right of individuals to reach informed decisions [about the termination of pregnancy] and to act upon them” (2018-D032). As stated in the 1994 Act of Convention, the church also opposes any “executive or judicial action to abridge the right of a woman to reach an informed decision…or that would limit the access of a woman to safe means of acting on her decision” (1994-A054).   
 
The court’s decision eliminates federal protections for abortion and leaves the regulation of abortion to the states. The impact will be particularly acute for those who are impoverished or lack consistent access to health care services. As Episcopalians, we pray for those who may be harmed by this decision, especially for women and other people who need these reproductive services. We pray for the poor and vulnerable who may not have other options for access. We urge you to make your voice heard in the way you feel called but always to do so peacefully and with respect and love of neighbor.  
 
Read summary of Episcopal Church General Convention statements. Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings on NYSRPA v. Bruen
The Supreme Court’s decision today striking down New York’s regulation of the concealed carry of firearms—at a time when our nation is reeling from gun violence—raises grave concerns. We fear this decision will lead to more firearms on our streets and in our communities. When we signed onto an amicus brief in this case last year, we did so because we feared increased gun violence in churches and other houses of worship—a fear that was realized less than a week ago at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
 
As the conveners of the Bishops United Against Gun Violence network wrote in a statement released today, the ruling “puts people of faith at greater risk when we gather for prayer, worship, fellowship, and service.”
 
The Episcopal Church will continue its advocacy for commonsense gun violence prevention laws, and we invite you to learn more about how you can become involved in these efforts.
 
Finally, we ask you to pray for all those who have lost a loved one to gun violence—or will lose one today or tomorrow.  Please email us at stjohnsboontonnj@gmail.com Read more

News. News. News. Transition and Goodbye.

  Our period of transition has come to an end!  We will welcome Rev. Sharon Hausman as our priest in residence beginning June 12th!  Please give her a great St. John’s welcome at church on June 12th More information to follow. This Sunday, June 5th will be Father Barry’s last Sunday at St. John’s.  We thank him and Bruce for all they have done for St. John’s over the past 3 plus years, as he has seen us through our period of transition with the added stress of Covid!  We will have a pot-luck luncheon after service to thank him for his service to our little church – please join us.  Read more
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Exciting News! The Wilson House

Exciting news! Renovations have begun on The Wilson House.
These are photos from the first floor which will have a new kitchen, a bathroom,
a bedroom or a study, and a mudroom with a washer and dryer.
There will be new windows, updated electrical, and insulation.
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