Join places of worship across the nation on December 14-18 to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence. List your congregation, event ideas and access the online tool kit at DecemberSabbath.org.
Why observe the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath?
It has been nearly 4 years since an individual armed with multiple weapons entered an elementary school in Newtown, CT, and took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults before taking his own life. In 2016 the terrible toll of gun violence continues to march before us in daily newspaper headlines and television news stories. Yet despite impassioned expressions of outrage and sorrow over needless loss of life, and polarizing political rhetoric, Congress has failed to take meaningful steps to address the escalating cycle of gun violence.
In order to pass reasonable, common sense legislation to address gun violence we must impact the public dialogue on guns and gun violence.
As a society, we often respond to the reality of gun violence through increasing “isolation, building higher walls and fences, purchasing guns for protection and abandoning life in the public sphere.” (“Violence in Our Society and World,” General Synod 20, 1995). Our faith equips us to offer a different vision. As people of faith we are called by God to choose life in the midst of a culture of death that accepts violence as a norm.
This month, thousands of people of faith around the country will be observing the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. We are teaming up with the Washington National Cathedral, the Newtown Foundation Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and countless houses of worship to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence.
- Add your Voice - Join with thousands of faith advocates in calling for reasonable, common sense action to help prevent gun violence. Learn more and pledge your congregation's participation in the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, December 14-18.
Call to Action - Read Rev. Matt Crebbin's invitation to participate in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Rev. Crebbin is the Senior Pastor at Newtown Congregational Church, UCC in Newtown, CT.