September 4, 2011

A Stand For Peace

Bishop Paul Jones is commemorated on September 4 in Holy Women, Holy Men: Calendar of Saints. Born in 1880 and following graduating from Yale University and the Episcopal Divinity School Paul Jones accepted a call to serve a mission in Logan, UT. In 1914 he was appointed Archdeacon of the Missionary District of Utah and, later that year, he was elected its Bishop.

His stand that “war is unchristian” and the accompanying reaction caused a commission of the House of Bishops to investigate and eventually recommend that Bishop Jones resign.
“It was after much prayerful thought, imagination and contemplation” that The Rev. Robert Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) created an Icon honoring Bishop Paul Jones as a peace maker.  Inscribed around the Icon’s halo are the words from Bishop Paul Jones’ farewell speech “Where I serve the Church is of small importance, so long as I can make my life count in the cause of Christ.”

The Icon created by The Rev. Two Bulls is featured on the Episcopal Peace Fellowship web site.

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