How Much is a Life Worth?

The start of a New Year always holds the possibility of a different future for the entire world, and I pray for some large-scale changes. I pray for a peaceful solution in the Middle East, for a global commitment to protect the earth, and for a better balance between the rich and poor.

[Bishop-Hagiya-018] I am also praying that every human life be valued and cherished as much as any other. This relates especially to what seems to many of us as an imbalance of the lives of some based solely on race. In this regard, African American males are statistically more likely to die by violence and to be imprisoned at a higher percentage than anyone else in our U.S. society. It has led many to conclude that an African American life is not valued as highly as other American lives.

Read the rest of Bishop Hagiya's message on the Greater Northwest Area website.

Grant Hagiya
Bishop Grant Hagiya serves the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, providing leadership to the Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest and Alaska Conferences.