Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Religion and Violence

1.         World religions foster justice,

Teach of wisdom to pursue;

Why then is there so much malice

In what some believers do?


2.         One religion is no better

Should “the faithful” win a war;

Seeking any fierce vendetta

Has no place.  Love urges more.


3.         We can rise above the vi’lence

Parented by bigotry;

In our difference find acceptance;

Let love have the victory.


4.         Godliness, when flowing freely,

Hope, goodwill begin to shine,

For the sacred knows no fury;

Peace alone is called divine.


Tune:  Stuttgart  (“Come Thou, Long-Expected Jesus”)


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