Why Wear Orange?


On June 2, people across the country will wear orange as a sign of their commitment to diminishing the scourge of gun violence that besets the United States. The movement was born in mourning on the south side of Chicago, and Bishop Jeffrey Lee is asking members of the diocese to give it their support.
“Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death in our city just a week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade,” Lee said. “Her friends decided to wear orange, the color that hunters wear to keep themselves safe, in her memory. We owe it to Hadiya and the young people who launched this movement to take whatever steps we can to help protect our fellow citizens from gun violence. Wearing orange on June 2, which would have been Hadiya’s 19th birthday, is one such step.”
The commemoration that began among Pendleton’s friends was transformed last year by a number of gun violence prevention groups into the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group that includes Lee and some 60 Episcopal bishops, is a partner in this year’s events.
Lee and other members of Bishops United are asking Episcopalians and others to:
Member of the clergy are invited to consider joining the movement to wear an orange stole on Sunday, June 5.
Bishops United also urges Episcopalians to work for common sense solutions to gun violence including: background checks on all gun purchases, handgun purchaser licensing, the passage of a clear, effective statute making gun trafficking a federal crime and the development of smart gun technology.
About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.