On Saturday, March 24, 2018, hundreds of members of the Diocese of Newark "prayed with their feet" by participating in the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC as well as local "sibling" marches in New Jersey and Manhattan. This is a roundup of participant photos and links to media coverage.
Episcopalians prepare to rally against gun violence at March for Our Lives events across U.S.
Mar 21 | Episcopal News Service
Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministries of New Jersey (LEAMNJ) organized six buses to pick up New Jersey Episcopalians and Lutherans before dawn from Newark, Montclair and two locations in South Jersey for the trip to Washington, DC for the main March for Our Lives gathering. In addition, the Episcopal congregations in Jersey City arranged for their own bus to Washington, DC. Bishop Mark Beckwith traveled to Washington the day before to participate with other members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence in the March 23 vigil held at Washington National Cathedral.
See 43 WASHINGTON photos in the photo gallery, below.
Video: March for Our Lives Prayer Vigil at Washington National Cathedral
MAR 23 | YouTube.com
Something Different this Time
MAR 28 | The Living Church
The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, Rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish, Hoboken told police that she expected perhaps 100 to 150 people at their march, but the crowd was estimated to be 1,100 people. Marchers gathered at the Jubilee Center and marched right down the middle of the street to City Hall.
See nine HOBOKEN photos in the photo gallery below.
Thousands march for gun control in Hoboken
MAR 25 | NJ.com
More than 1000 people attended the St. James, Upper Montclair March for Our Lives. Gathering on the lawn, they heard from of high school and middle school students from Montclair and Glen Ridge, Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Councilor Bill Hurlock, Congressman Bill Pascrell, teachers, and the Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook and the Rev. Melissa Hall. A silent crowd stood as the bells tolled for the lost from Sandy Hook Elementary and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Songs accompanied a candlelight closing ceremony that was capped with the release of a peace banner from the top of the Memorial tower.
See two MONTCLAIR photos in the photo gallery below.
March for Our Lives is about safety first, guns second
MAR 23 | NJ.com
TV video: Rally against gun violence held in Montclair
MAR 24 | News 12 New Jersey
March for Our Lives: Thousands march in North Jersey calling for an end to gun violence
MAR 24 | NorthJersey.com
Hundreds Attend March for Our Lives in Montclair
MAR 26 | Tapinto.net
Church of the Redeemer, Morristown opened its doors to offer the marchers the ministry of hospitality (snacks, water, coffee, bathrooms, and sign-making materials), aided by other churches not located in Morristown, including Messiah, Chester; St. Gregory's, Parsippany; and All Saint's, Millington. Official reports say 13,000 were there and clergy marched along with parishioners, young and old. Redeemer had a stunning inter-active display – a chalk board gun on which you could write your "thoughts and prayers."
See 41 MORRISTOWN photos in the photo gallery below.