Let’s all come together

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend

Let's all come together on Monday, Nov. 9, to discuss what we can do to end gun violence!

Bishop Robert Hoshibata, president of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society and episcopal leader of the Desert Southwest Conference, will participate in the conference call about stopping mass shootings. The call at 4 p.m. ET will share ideas and resources about ways to educate congregations on how to move toward a world with less gun violence.

Perhaps you join me in wanting to do something that may make a difference.

There will also be a time for prayer about these tragic occurrences that are claiming so many innocent lives.

Bishop Hoshibata will talk about his letter to all the churches in his conference asking them to make a covenant with him to end gun violence. In his letter, the bishop wrote:

Perhaps you join me in wanting to do something that may make a difference. We ask ourselves what it would take to transform the world into a place where we are able to strike a balance between those who staunchly defend the second amendment right to bear arms with the urgent need to curb use of arms to massacre innocent lives.

This is not an easy question, even for those of us who proclaim faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

The call will also talk about the upcoming Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend Dec. 10-13 in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

I am not sure about you, but I am tired of shaking my head as mass shootings continue.

I am tired of trying to work by myself: I can't get anything done alone. But together, we can do so much!

I hope you will join United Methodists from everywhere on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. ET, to talk and pray about moving towards a world with less gun violence.

The number to call is (800) 920- 7487; the passcode is 76723736.

Please join us if you really want to end gun violence, and encourage others to do so as well.

Editor's note: Bill Mefford is Director of Civil & Human Rights at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society.

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