To Love Our Neighbors: Responding to Gun Violence
Mass shootings. Suicide. Homicide. Accidental shootings. In many forms, gun violence continues to impact our nation. In the words of the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, "It isn't enough to feel outrage, but do nothing. Or to feel fear, but do nothing. Or to feel utter, bone-crushing grief, but do nothing." The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides links to resources to help congregations and worshipping communities engage in education and advocacy efforts to prevent gun violence and to take seriously the pastoral implications of caring for members of our community who have experienced the pain of gun violence. The resources include a congregational toolkit, the video Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, study guides, and materials for worship and preaching. Our response will be multi-faceted. We pray, and we act. We do so, know that our faith proclaims God is all sovereign and the all-sovereign God calls us to love our neighbors.