Newtown, CT: Resources for Congregations
Resources for Discussion: Gun Violence Prevention
- Statement from the Bishops in the Diocese of Connecticut
- General Convention 2012 Resolution D0003: Gun Free Zones
- Additional General Convention resolutions related to gun violence (keyword: gun)
- ERD: Ministering to Children After a Disaster
- ERD: Tips for Parents in Helping Children and Youth Cope
- Faiths United Against Gun Violence
- Charter for Compassion
- Episcopal Peace Fellowship: What About Guns?
- Episcopal Peace Fellowship: Nonviolence Tool Kit
- Brady Campaign: Resources for Faith Communities
- Presbyterian Church USA: Gun Violence Prevention 101
- The Text This Week: Worship & Prayer Responses to Acts of Violence
- University of Minnesota: Talking To Your Children About Violence Against Kids
- Talking to Children About Violence: Information for Parents and Educators
- Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."
- More linked resources about talking with children about violence...
From The Episcopal Church:
Deal mercifully, dear Lord, with those who are so broken that violence is the only answer they see.
We who wait for the Prince of Peace offer our prayers for the victims of violence everywhere.
(Adapted from Episcopal Peace Fellowship, “Gift of Shalom,”)
Inspire us with the hope in the gift of shalom the gift of wholeness and the promise of your presence. Give us wisdom to seek nonviolence as an answer to the violence of our lives and world.
Give us courage to seek wholeness in a fractured and divided world, to find reconciliation rather than revenge, to
abandon the instruments of violence and death and entrust our lives, our homes and our families to you.
May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness, and the desire to see all people valued as created in your image. My we and other receive your shalom, that we might be faithful instruments of your love.
Blessed be your name forever.