More than 3,300 makeshift grave markers on the National Mall commemorating the lives lost to gun violence since the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Members of the faith community have long advocated for sensible, responsible policies to end gun violence. In 1995, The UCC 20th General Synod passed a resolution entitled “Violence in Our Society and World,” in which it recognized the complicated and interwoven layers at the root of violence.
That same General Synod also passed a resolution entitled “Guns and Violence,” inviting UCC members and congregations to advocate for legislation to strengthen licensing and registration of gun sales, strengthen regulations of gun dealers and ban semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.
The faith community has come together many times in the aftermath of gun tragedies to urge lawmakers to pass laws that prevent gun violence. Tested by our grief, resolute in our faith we remain committed to continuing this drumbeat.
Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence - December 12, 2013
On the cusp of the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, The Newtown Foundation and Washington National Cathedral will host a vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. The vigil will be live-streamed so people of faith around the country can particpate. We invite you to join people and leaders from across the country in honoring the more than 30,000 Americans who have died from a gunshot since the Newtown shooting.
One Year After the Newtown Massacre - Work to End Gun Violence
On Friday, December 13th, join faithful activists from coast to coast and urge your Senators to pass laws to prevent gun violence. In memory of the thousands of Americans killed every year by gun violence, we cannot afford inaction any longer. Ask for their support of the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background bill. Text “faithscalling” to 877-877 to receive a text message reminder or visit faithscalling.org for more information. Dial 1-855-438-2982 to be auto-connected to your Senator. Learn more.
Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath - March 13-16, 2013
The 20 backpacks and six bags represent the 26 students, teachers and administrators who were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012. The Backpack Project of Sayville UCC in Long Island, N.Y., is calling for tougher gun legislation.
A visible call for tougher gun legislation marks Long Island church July 23, 2013 On the front lawn of Sayville United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., 20 backpacks and six teachers bags hang, each bearing the names and representing the 26 innocent lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. The public display is a call for tougher gun legislation.
Commentary: Every day is an anniversary July 19, 2013 Aurora and Oak Creek made headlines, but the painful truth is that every single day on the calendar is the anniversary of the terrible toll of gun violence, somewhere in America, whether or not it makes the nightly news.
Gun-Control Groups Mark Newtown Anniversary with Lobbying Efforts Gun-control advocates—including some relatives of children killed in the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary—will travel to Washington this week to lobby lawmakers on the six-month anniversary of the attack. White House aides said that President Obama is not scheduled to hold any gun-related events this week or to issue additional executive orders on the issue, but likely will acknowledge the milestone. A number of groups will stage an event in front of the Capitol on Thursday June 12, 2013. Mark Glaze the Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns said his group will launch a summer bus tour from Newtown, Conn., on Friday June 13, 2013. Read more.
January 15, 2013: The UCC's General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey Black, joined 42 other faith leaders in writing a a letter asking President Obama and members of Congress to, "do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of people who may harm themselves or others." The letter supports background checks for those who intend to buy a gun and demands legislation outlawing high capacity weapons and ammunition clips. The letter also declares that gun trafficing should be made a federal crime.
Video: Califonia Teens Demand a Plan to End Gun Violence