Whether it happens in the towns of northeastern Nigeria, a suburb in the United States, the streets of Australia, or an office in France, gun violence has become an all-too-often frightening phenomenon.
As followers of Jesus, called to live into the reality of God’s dream of shalom as described by Micah, we must address the epidemic of gun violence so “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in God’s paths.” Therefore, we call upon United Methodists to prayerfully address gun violence in their local context.
Read the resolution Our Call to End Gun Violence, which was affirmed at the 2016 General Conference.
Organize a Bible study group to examine gun violence, and use Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities as a resource.
Write to Congress! Use this sample letter as a starting point to advocate for gun violence prevention measures.
Best practices for church leaders to address tough topics - by Rev. Adam Hamilton.
Blessed are the Peacemakers - Talking Points for Sermon or Discussion
A litany for the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath
God of Mercy, You Have Shown Us: A Hymn lamenting Gun Violence
A Prayer to End Gun Violence, Rev. Julie Wilson - Baltimore-Washington Conference
Films to Screen
Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence - about an hour long, the film approaches gun violence from a variety of angles.
Living for 32 - about a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting. This documentary is about 40 minutes long and specifically focuses on a need for background checks.
Events to Engage in
Participate in Church and Society's Faith and Guns Forum from November 14-16, 2016. You will hear from experts, learn about grassroots organizing, and advocate for gun violence prevention with your Congressional representatives. Register here!
For More Information
If you have any questions or would like to become more engaged in Church and Society's efforts to prevent gun violence, send us an email.