A Pastoral Letter from Colleges Trustee Bishop McKelvey – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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A Pastoral Letter from Colleges Trustee Bishop McKelvey

Jack McKelvey, the Episcopal bishop for the Diocese of Rochester and a member of the Colleges' Board of Trustees, wrote a statement to the members of the Episcopal Church in the Rochester diocese. His statement is below.

We are at War—A Statement by the Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey
VII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester

We are at war. Despite increased prayers for peace and the continually developing calls for peace without war, it has been decided to go to war. It continues to be my hope and prayer that we will struggle to be our best selves in adversity.

We know that the cost will be great in lives lost. Let us not console ourselves by believing that other lives lost are not as tragic as our lives lost. Any life lost is sadness to God. The words “Jesus wept” have new meaning.

In the words of one of our priests, “we worship a God who brings life out of death, triumph out of tragedy, and proclaims to each one of us, `Behold, I make all things new'.”

May we work diligently to keep from hiding behind the fallacy that evil is to be found only in one person.

May we share the fear and anxiety of those who watch from afar as their family members and friends fight in distant lands.

May we continue to hold those who serve in our name before God.

May we remember the non-combatants in distant lands who are as confused and desirous of peace as are we.

May we respect those who for conscience sake will not bear arms in this conflict.

May we pray that our leaders and those whom we oppose come to believe that less destruction is better than more.

Together, “we will walk into that sometime fearful future knowing only that God will be there to greet us.”

Jack M. McKelvey
VII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester