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Rev. Gary R. Hall

Entries by Rev. Gary R. Hall

The Gun Lobby and the Cross Lobby, Two Years Later

(13) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:28 PM

"The gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

On Friday, December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 students and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He had already killed his mother. He subsequently killed himself.

The Sandy Hook shootings came after a...

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The Gun Lobby And The Gospel: 'What Else Did We Think We Had A Right To Expect?'

(35) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Prepared Sermon for December 15, 2013
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of Washington National Cathedral

I did not grow up in the church and up until my first year of college I only went in to churches and synagogues for life events--weddings, bar mitzvahs, funerals and...

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Safe Streets, Safe Sanctuaries

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Although the two of us come from different cultural backgrounds and traditions, we enjoy the same unique role in society: it's our privilege as religious leaders to be there at the first moments of life as well as at the end, marking significant milestones and helping our communities carry their...

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A Compassionate Debate on the Gun Issue

(161) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:08 AM

Last week's Senate decision to begin debate on legislation to prevent gun violence was a crucial step toward enacting laws that will protect lives. The compromise amendment authored by Senators Joe Manchin III (D-W.V.) and Patrick Toomey (R-Penn.) requiring background checks for gun purchases should advance the common-sense gun violence...

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A Day to Reflect on the Gun Violence Epidemic

(454) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Our two faiths mark the Sabbath in different ways -- different days, in fact. But the common thread we share is that it is a time when we pause from daily life for reflection and worship. This weekend, not only will the Sabbath be different from other days of the...

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Our History of Religious Intolerance Must Come to an End

(245) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Although religious freedom is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, religious intolerance still exists in this country. Thanksgiving reminds us that the Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution. But the Puritans did not welcome other religions into their colony. All through American history, most religions arriving on our...

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