Addressing Gun Violence

Worship Resources

If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers, Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
(This was used in Annual Meeting worship)

From the North Carolina Council of Churches: Lectionary on Gun Violence

Worship/prayer resources (National Council of Churches USA)

God Not Guns Worship Guide (Brady Center)

TV and Film for Reflection/Discussion

Addressing Gun Violence from Religious, not just political perspectives. Luther Seminary Lunchtime Conversation.

American Gods:Episode 6
Clip:Firepower

The Armor of Light. (PBS Independent Lens)
The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America, and Lucy McBath, the mother of an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Safer Church Resources

FEMA Resources to Protect Your House of Worship

News Interview with Boston-area pastors following Texas shooting on their responses, training for ushers, ‘Welcoming & Watchful’ stance, commitment to welcoming stranger
(interview with pastors begins about 2 minutes in and ends about 16 minutes in)

National Disaster Interfaith Network

Denominational Resources

Episcopal Bishops against gun violence: statistics with back up articles, liturgical resources, etc

Lectionary on Gun Violence (North Carolina Council of Churches)

God Not Guns Worship Guide (Brady Center)

What Your Church Can Do about Gun Violence (Baptist Peace Fellowship)

Gun Violence, Gospel Values Study Guide (Presbyterian Church USA)

Overcoming Violence Study Guide (United Church of Christ)

On the Mennonite Central Committee website, after searching “guns”, a list of hits comes up with conversations on guns, access to posters, and other information. The address of this list is here

Preventing Gun Violence Study Guide (Mennonite)

Gun Violence Prevention Worship Resources (Presbyterian Church USA)

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Public Witness Statement on Gun Violence

Some articles of interest.

Garry Wills, “Our Moloch” on The New York Review of Books December 15, 2012

Dr. Paul Silas Peterson, “Why Gun Violence calls for Religion in politics” Sojourners, 10/07/2015

Daniel Schultz, “Why the Church can’t stop gun violence” Religion Dispatches, December 3, 2015

Kate Shellnut, “A Top Reason for Church Shootings: Domestic Abuse” Christianity Today, November 7, 2017

Kate Shellnut, “Packing in the Pews: The Connection Between God and Guns” Christianity Today, November 8, 2017

Other Resources

Gun violence archive: Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.

• Faith and Leadership (Duke Divinity School) has collected a number of essays and other resources

Washington Theological Consortium (2012)

Wisconsin Resources
Info about laws in Wisconsin

Blueprint for Peace (City  of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention) released November 17, 2017

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

Hunting and Gun Violence:

• Lily Raff Maccallou, “Confessions of a sensible gun owner” New York Times, October 7, 2017

Hunters against Gun Violence

National Gun Violence Sabbath (December 15-17)

http://www.decembersabbath.org

Following the great success of the 4th annual National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend in December 2016, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is again joining the Newtown Foundation and States United to Prevent Gun Violence in calling all Americans across the nation to keep raising our voices for change by pledging to participate in December 2017!

Join places of worship across the nation, the Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations, 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.

Madison: Vigil on December 11, sponsored by the Madison Mennonite Church, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, Madison Moms Demand Action 1501 Gilbert Road, 7 pm

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