Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend March 13-16
We are just days away from the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend (March 13-16). More than a thousand congregations have signed up to participate over three days of worship, reflection, education and action. If you haven’t yet pledged to participate, please consider doing so. It’s not too late!
Here are three fairly simple ideas on how you can participate and keep your current program in place:
Incorporate a compelling prayer, hymn or reading into your already planned service. Tell your congregants that your place of worship is joining with thousands of other congregations to recommit ourselves to preventing gun violence. Speak about the importance of laws that protect Second Amendment rights while keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
Set up an information table or hand out information at the end of service. Ask congregants to read about (and share with others) how gun violence prevention laws are saving laws in states where they exist. Mention that activities like this are taking place in places of worship from various faith traditions all across the nation. (A great handout for this can be found here.)
Include gun violence prevention success stories in your church bulletin. Encourage congregants to discuss the positive results of gun violence prevention laws with their friends, family and peers.
Together, we must carry the message forward that many lives are being saved in states where the most comprehensive gun violence prevention laws exist. We need to recommit ourselves to educating our friends and peers that this is not about taking guns away, but keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
Please join us!