Faith Leaders & Congregations: Pledge to help prevent gun violence

  |January 24, 2013

We’re down to the wire. In weeks, our leaders in Washington will decide whether or not to support sensible policies to prevent gun violence.

Already, 201 congregations took the pledge to help prevent gun violence and host a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath!

But we’ll need more of us, more congregations around the country, to convince our leaders to enact sensible policies to protect our children and families.

Will you host and/or spread the word about a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath?

Faith leaders – click here to pledge to host a gun violence prevention worship service or event.

Right after you sign up you’ll receive an email with all the resources we’ve collected – worship and prayer resources, hymns, educational tools, messaging and more. Your community will also be added to our map and a national list organized by our friends at PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Not a faith leader? You can help spark a groundswell in your community by getting the word out! Please forward this email to a neighbor who is a faith leader, or to the group at your faith community that puts together worship services and events. Share this call to action for congregations committed to ending gun violence on your Facebook and Twitter.

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Our actions as faith-based activists, clergy, and lay-leaders can inspire change and save lives.

Here are photos and testimonial from two amazing events held over the weekend. The first from Rev. Jacqui Lewis at Middle Collegiate Church. The event was covered by New York local media:

“I’m sick and tired of the violence,” said Lewis, who encouraged the standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 worshipers to get involved in the fight. “How about you?”

High School Spanish teacher Rebecca Matthews, 37, called Lewis’ sermon “very inspiring.”

“She made it very clear that it’s up to us to say something, to do something, to write something to our leaders and let them know we’re all against gun violence,” she said. [1]

And at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, Heeding God’s Call – an interfaith grassroots organization working to reduce gun violence – put up 292 tshirts, one for each life claimed by gun-violence in Philadelphia in 2012 and 2013.

This kind of opportunity to pass gun prevention legislation may not come again for another decade. Meanwhile, in the month since the Newtown tragedy, 900 people have died at the end of a gun. That’s equivalent to 1 Newtown shooting every day for 30 days.

Now is our chance to do more than clean up the messes made by guns – we can use our power as faithful people to organize our neighbors and houses of worship to heal this country and save lives.

Click here to take the pledge!

Thank you again for all our action together on gun violence prevention. We truly are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

 

 

[1] “East Village congregation prays for help in fight against guns,” Daily News, 1/21/13.
[2] “Interfaith group memorializes Philadelphians killed by guns in 2012,” Newsworks, 1/22/13.

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