Jim Atwood Selected as 2014 Peaceseeker

“For too many, guns have become idols. They claim divine status; make promises of safety and security they cannot keep; transform people and neighborhoods; create enemies; and require human sacrifice.” – Jim Atwood

The Rev. James E. Atwood has been unanimously selected by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship National Committee to receive the 2014 Peaceseeker Award. The award will be presented at the Peace Breakfast at the Detroit General Assembly on June 18, 2014.

Jim, a retired Presbyterian pastor, became involved in gun violence prevention after a member of his congregation was shot and killed by a robber with a Saturday Night Special. For over 30 years he has served as board member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He has been Interfaith Coordinator of the Million Mom March, chair of the Greater Washington chapter of the anti-gun-violence group Heeding God's Call, and National Committee member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. He is the author of America and its Guns: A Theological Exposé, and a contributor to Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call, a resource for Presbyterians approved by the 219th General Assembly in 2010. Most recently, th Jim’s work with Heeding God’s Call is featured in the video TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence.

Congratulations, Jim, and thank you for your faithful leadership in the struggle against the continuing epidemic of senseless gun violence.

Read more about PPF's work at GA 2014 and the previous recipients of the Peaceseeker Award.