Called to Action

"On March 24, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, please do something to stand against gun violence as part of your pilgrimage into Holy Week. Join me in marching in Chicago, join congregations who are organizing buses to travel to Washington, or join us in spirit if you are unable to march. Wherever you are, please pray that God will console, sustain and heal all whose lives are touched by gun violence, and that God will make evident the work that we are being called to do to end this scourge."

-The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Bishop of Chicago


"I stand with those in Parkland and all across the country, and especially in Chicago, who have suffered gun violence due to the government’s inaction. Please join our community in solidarity with those who suffer and demand action from our elected officials."
-Carter Hartzell, Senior at Oak Park River Forest High School and Member, Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park


To mark the event at Grace and to invite the wider community into awe-filled prayer, a Vigil and poster-making party will take place the day before (Friday, March 23, 2018.) Gather in Grace Church at 7PM for a Vigil of Lament Against Gun Violence. Stay for poster-making immediately following the Vigil (approx. 7:45PM). 


The March for Our Lives is Saturday, March 24 at 11:00AM in Union Park. A group from Grace will gather at Grace Church on Saturday morning, walk to the Oak Park Avenue Green Line stop and then take the train and proceed together to Union Park. Please join us! Learn more about the March for our Lives here.


If you’d like to march with the group from Grace:

  • Meet in Parish Hall at 9:30AM on Saturday morning
  • Bring your Ventra card with you for ease of boarding the train! (If you don’t have a Ventra card, you may want to consider purchasing one before you arrive at Church as it will make boarding the train much easier.)
  • We will depart for the train at 9:45AM.
  • Once we arrive in Union  Park, we will make every effort to stay together but know that we will expect people to make their own way back to Oak Park when they are ready to depart.
  • ALL ARE WELCOME so feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors to join us!
  • Children and youth are most welcome but should be accompanied by an adult. Youth 14 and older may participate without an adult if they feel confident navigating the CTA and downtown Chicago. (Youth interested in marching may contact Carter Hartzell at chartzell57@student.oprfhs.org)
  • Anyone marching with our group is welcome to park in the Grace parking lot while we are downtown.
  • Please direct questions to MaryPat Mauro at marypatmauro@gmail.com or Carter Hartzell at chartzell57@student.oprfhs.org)


 Grace's Vestry has passed the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church of Oak Park joins the Bishops United Against Gun Violence in the call to advocate against gun violence and hereby supports the lamentation for the victims of the Parkland shooting and all victims of lethal gun violence and supports the participation of Grace Church members in the March for Our Lives Chicago.

Episcopal Church

March For Our Lives Chicago

Directions to Grace here.