Members are invited to join the Advocacy Task Force in a letter writing campaign against gun violence this Sunday, December 16 after both morning services. Why has the Session taken a position and invited members to join them?
During Sunday morning Middle Hours (10:10 – 11:00 a.m.) in September and October, the Gun Violence Education Task Force of the Session hosted a series of conversations about gun violence in America that included multiple voices from our own congregation and denomination. The series included materials produced by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), materials that attempt to share the breadth of the issue and our theological resources in responding to it. The series also featured perspectives from psychologists, educators, chaplains and students on the impact of gun violence on victims. An important element of these conversations was helping people to listen to one another. A handout from Sunday September 30 is here.
At the November 9 meeting of the Congregation, the Advocacy Task Force of Session presented to the Congregation our “GPMC Session Response to Gun Violence in America.” It is a statement of the Session and it includes a call to advocacy on the part of similarly-inclined GPMC members. If you want to join the Advocacy Task Force in their work, please contact the Rev. Sarah Godbehere: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even as the advocacy task force continues its work, Session task forces on education and safety continue. The education group will present a second series in 2019, focused on mental health, since over half of gun deaths in America are suicides.
As Christians, we have the opportunity to utilize our faith resources to helpfully talk about difficult issues, rather than resorting to some of the usual and less helpful ways that people take on tough issues, namely ignoring them or talking past one another. It is our hope that together we will learn and grow while working for a more peaceful country for one another and for our children.