MEDIA ADVISORY: Bishop Tom Shaw to Join Episcopalians in March and Worship for Economic Justice

FOR OCTOBER 27, 2012
CONTACT: Jeff Bridges | 303-358-5551 | 

Bishop Tom Shaw to Join Episcopalians in March and Worship for Economic Justice

Bank of America Cards to be Collected, Shredded

BOSTON — On October 27 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Episcopalians from parishes across the Diocese of Massachusetts will come together for a social justice march from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul to Government Center, followed by a worship service with Communion on the corner of Cambridge and Court Streets. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE will be present to preach and bless the efforts that individuals are making to bring about economic reconciliation.

During the service, Bank of America credit and debit cards will be collected in the offertory plate and destroyed, and a special prayer will be said over those who pledge to bank locally and close their accounts with Bank of America and other large banks.

WHO: About 100 people, including The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Bishop Diocesan, board members of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and Episcopal City Mission, Micah Fellows of the Life Together program, and clergy and parishioners from all over the Diocese of Massachusetts, as well as ecumenical friends.

WHAT: A march for economic justice followed by a worship service with Communion, at which Bishop Shaw will preach and preside.  The service will include the collection of Bank of America cards in offertory plates and a blessing said over those who pledge to bank locally.

WHEN: Saturday, October 27

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Educational activities at the Cathedral.
10:00 am – 10:30 am: March from the Cathedral to Government Center
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Worship service with Communion at Government Center

WHERE: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St, Boston, and the corner of Cambridge and Court Streets in Government Center, near the entrance to the T. RAIN OR SHINE.

WHY: As Christians, we are our brother’s and our sister’s keeper, we are obligated to love our neighbors by moving our accounts, credit cards, and investments to banks that do not commit mortgage fraud, practice discriminatory lending, unfairly foreclose with illegal robo-signing, or gouge consumers with hefty and often financially crippling fees. More at:


Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation ( was formed in 2006 as a Christ-centered grassroots national organization seeking to build an effective and dynamic movement to heed the call within the Episcopal Church to alleviate extreme global poverty. EGR uses a three pronged approach of prayer, study and action as it develops leaders within dioceses and congregations.