Latest on Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Prevention at 2018 General Assembly: “Count Me In!” Campaign & New Study/Action Resources for Congregations

With 36,000 Americans dying from gun violence last year, the General Assembly gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis June 16-23 will re-affirm church policies for gun reform. Hopefully, Presbyterians will leave with new resources and a new resolve to take action at home to prevent gun violence. The 223rd General Assembly marks 50 years of Presbyterian statements on the need for legislative action to curb gun violence, beginning in 1968.

Gundamentalism and Where it is Taking America with Rev. Jim Atwood

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

General Assembly 223 - St. Louis

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Booth in the Exhibit Hall - Booth #119-121

2:30 PM

Talk with author, pastor, and 2018 David Steele Distinguished Writer Awardee (given by the Presbyterian Writers Guild). Jim will talk about the pressing issue of gun violence and how Presbyterians can and are responding. Others from the PPF Gun Violence Prevention working group will also be present to talk with people who want to be involved in preventing gun violence in their communities. 

Jim Atwood Interview on Catholic Radio

Jim Atwood interviewed by Mary Woods, the host of the Archbishop's Hour on Catholic Radio for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, on May 10, 2018.

What's NEXT? - This is a crucial moment for people of faith to take action to prevent gun violence

The NEXT Church Conference in Baltimore was three days full of creative worship, inspiring ministries, and faithful people who want to see the Church thrive and grow into who we are called to be in the 21st Century.

Members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Activist Council were there leading workshops, learning, meeting other engaged Presbyterians, and talking about how PPF is actively living out the Church’s call to be hopeful and creative peacemakers in an often-violent world.

Offering of Letters: Worship Service for Gun Violence Prevention

For congregations already committed to preventing gun violence, use the worship outline below. You could invite members of the Presbytery and other local churches to join you for the service. After the service, invite those who are interested in learning more or committing to action to meet immediately following the service or a week later at a predetermined location.

Presbyterian Churches Lead Gun Violence Awareness Actions

Thursday, December 14, 2017 is Gun Violence Awareness Day. It is also the fifth anniversary of the shooting deaths of 20 first graders and six school staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

What Will It Take for Change?

How many more deaths?  How many people must be killed in senseless acts of violence before our government takes action?  How many must more candlelight vigils be held?

How much more “Breaking News” incidents must be endured?  When will the United States awake from the seemingly endless situation of terror, hatred, death, and endless declarations of thoughts and prayers without action?

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