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What the Diocese believes on social issues

The position of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego on any issue is ultimately determined by vote of the delegates at the Diocesan Convention. When necessary between conventions, the Diocesan Executive Council may endorse a particular policy, but that endorsement lapses unless confirmed by the immediately subsequent Convention (see Governance for more details). Over the years delegates at the Diocesan Convention have expressed the diocesan position on many of the most vital social issues through formal votes.

What Bishop Mathes said about social issues

Gun Violence

“Bishop’s Statement on El Cajon Shooting” September 30, 2016

“Pray for the San Diego Police” August 2, 2016

“Right to Safety: Bishop’s Statement on Orlando Shooting” June 14, 2016

“Derecho a la seguridad: Respuesta del Obispo al tiroteo de Orlando” June 14, 2016

“Gun Violence Sabbath” December 9, 2015

“With Rachel, We Weep” Roseburg Response – October 1, 2015

“Senseless Violence” Charleston Response – June 19, 2015

Immigration Reform

“We are all Syrian. We are all Muslim” January 30, 2017

“Reflections on Terrorism and Refugees” November 22, 2015


“Defeating Evil Through Love” Brussels Response – March 23, 2016


“Holding Our Leaders to Highest Ideals” May 4, 2017

“A Word About the Election” November 15, 2016

“Election Eve Reflection” November 7, 2016

“Rediscovering a Generous Spirit” March 15, 2016


“Our Own Complicity” May 21, 2015

Drunk Driving

“Tragedy in Maryland” January 20, 2015

Economic Inequality

“Work, Wages and Caring for Those Who Labor” September 1, 2016