As I have written many times, I am a “cradle to the grave” Episcopalian, but I am constantly shocked and scandalized by the treachery my Church’s clergy and leadership. Ours was the first “National Church” ever established, and it should respect those of us whose lives and whose parents, grandparents, and ancestors’ lives created it.
ATTACHED IS AN ARTICLE FROM THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL REMOVING THE THE WINDOWS THAT HONORS CONFEDERATE HISTORY. THE PHONE # FOR THE CATHEDRAL IS (202)537-6200. I CALLED THEM THIS MORNING AND GOT AN ANSWER. I DID NOT MENTION MY NAME OR SCV (EXCEPT I WAS A FORMER EPISCOPALIAN) THIS ALLOWED ME MORE FREEDOM TO GET A NON RELATED POINT. THIS SAME CHURCH HAD A MUSLIM PRAYER SERVICE A FEW MONTHS A GO. BEING AFFILIATED WITH THE NATION EPISCOPAL CHURCH IS ALSO A SODOMITE CHURCH. TOLD THEM THE FOLLOWING’\, THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL CLAIMS TO BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE? THE LADY SAID YES. THEN I SAID FOR EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SOUTHERN AND ADMIRE ROBERT E LEE & STONEWALL JACKSON. I TOLD THEM IF YOU STUDIED YOUR HISTORY YOU WOULD OF FOUND THAT ROBERT E. LEE AND STONEWALL JACKSON WERE SOME OF THE FINEST CHRISTIANS ON THE EARTH. LEE & JACKSON BOTH OPPOSED SLAVERY AND STONEWALL FOUNDED A MISSION FOR SLAVES AND FREE PERSONS OF COLOR AND IN SOME FORM THAT IS EXISTENCE TODAY. THIS THING TO REMOVE EVERYTHING CONFEDERATE IS MISGUIDED. WITH FREEDOM I LOST IT BEING A FORMER EPISCOPALIAN IT MAYBE NOT SUCH A BAD THING THAT THESE FINE CHRISTIAN MEN DO NOT HAVE TO BE HONORED IN A CHURCH THAT NOW EMBRACES SODOMY. BUT THIS IS WRONG WHEN YOU ALSO HAVE A BUST OF ADOLPH HITLER WITH A SNAKE. I APOLOGIZE FOR SOUNDING ANGRY BUT I AM BECAUSE THIS ISIS STYLE HATRED TO REMOVE EVERYTHING CONFEDERATE WHILE YOUR CHURCH ALLOWS MUSLIM PRAYER SERVICES WHILE TURNING ITS BACK ON CHRIST.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP FLOOD THIS CHURCH WITH CALLS AT LEAST CALL THEM ON IT. IF YOU PLAN TO SAY YOU ARE A SON OF CONFEDERATE VETERAN FOR GOD’S SAKE USE THE GENTLEMAN AND PROFESSIONAL APPROACH.
JOHN B WARING
NATIONAL CATHEDRAL PHONE # (202) 537-6200
WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 25, 2015
Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall: It’s Time to Remove Stained Glass Windows That Honor Confederate History
“We do not seek to eliminate reminders of a painful past. Rather, we seek to represent that past honestly in a manner that matches our shared aspirations for a diverse, just, and compassionate nation.” – The Very Rev. Gary Hall
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2015) Following is a statement from the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral:
“In 1953, Washington National Cathedral installed stained glass windows honoring the lives and legacies of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Both windows display the image of the Confederate battle flag.
“The Cathedral installed these windows, in part, because its leadership at the time hoped they would foster reconciliation between parts of the nation that had been divided by the Civil War. Because this Cathedral is the “national” cathedral, it sought to depict America’s history in a way that promoted healing and reconciliation.
“It is time to take those windows out. Here, in 2015, we know that celebrating the lives of these two men, and the flag under which they fought, promotes neither healing nor reconciliation, especially for our African-American sisters and brothers.
“While the impetus behind the windows’ installation was a good and noble one at the time, the Cathedral has changed, and so has the America it seeks to represent. There is no place for the Confederate battle flag in the iconography of the nation’s most visible faith community. We cannot in good conscience justify the presence of the Confederate flag in this house of prayer for all people, nor can we honor the systematic oppression of African-Americans for which these two men fought and died.
“In the aftermath of a year of racial tensions and violence—from killings of unarmed black men by police to the shootings of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston—the Confederate battle flag has emerged as the primary symbol of a culture of white supremacy that we and all Americans of good will must repudiate.
“That’s why I’m calling on the Cathedral’s governing bodies to remove these windows, and to initiate a process by which we may discern what kind of contemporary stained glass windows could adequately represent the history of race, slavery, and division in America.
“Let me be clear: We do not seek to eliminate reminders of a painful past. Rather, we seek to represent that past honestly in a manner that matches our shared aspirations for a diverse, just and compassionate nation.
“Because changing windows in a Gothic building takes time, energy and money, the Cathedral will begin by mounting a display adjacent to the windows to explain them in their historical context. We will gather a representative group to work with us to imagine how new windows can best represent our shared history of war and peace, racial division and reconciliation. We will also discuss the future of the Jackson and Lee windows.
“I express my own personal sorrow at learning of the existence of windows that I and so many others find offensive. And I pledge our willingness to examine our own history in a way that helps our nation come to terms with its own history in healing and reconciling ways.”
Editors: High-resolution images of the two windows are available upon request. Video of Dean Hall addressing the stained glass windows in his sermon at the Cathedral on Sunday, June 28, 2015 is available via the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel.
See also my own previous post: