The Diocese of Texas has invited all Episcopal churches in the diocese to participate in Wear Orange Weekend. The Wear Orange campaign began in 2013, when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago just one week after performing with her high school marching band in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends began wearing orange in her memory and asking others to join them in doing so to raise awareness about gun violence. The first National Gun Violence Awareness Day was held in 2015. Since then, the Wear Orange awareness campaign has been held each year. This year, Wear Orange Weekend begins on Friday, June 1st – National Gun Violence Awareness Day – and continues throughout the weekend with rallies and events throughout the country. To be a part of it, you are encouraged to wear orange to church on Sunday, June 3rd. For more information, visit www.wearorange.org.
Raising awareness is a critical piece of combating gun violence, but by itself, it’s not enough. Join Kevin in Kleberg Hall at 9:15 am on Sunday, June 3rd (between the services) for a conversation about what St. George’s can do to respond to the epidemic of gun violence. Come share your ideas, or come if you don’t know what to do but want to do something!