AMERICAN FAITH LEADERS CAN END THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN OUR COUNTRY. WHETHER WE HUNT ON THE WEEKENDS OR HAVE NEVER HELD A FIREARM, FAITHFUL AMERICANS SHOULD AGREE THAT LOSING OVER 30,000 LIVES A YEAR, INCLUDING NEARLY 3,000 CHILDREN, TO GUN VIOLENCE IS UNACCEPTABLE.
The Riverside Church in the City of New York, along with a growing list of partners (including Forefront), will host an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders of all traditions beginning the evening of October 6 through the evening of October 7, 2016. Designed for millennial faith leaders, a demographic with the capacity to shift our culture, the training is also open to ministry teams of any age that include a millennial attendee. Those who attend do not have to agree on the solutions to the epidemic of gun violence, only that something must be done.
Evangelicals and mainline Protestants make up 40 percent of the population, but own guns at higher rates than the rest of the country. The power to change our culture is in our pews.
Attendees will gain concrete tools to educate, engage, and mobilize your congregations to enact change in your community. Each God and Guns 2016 participant will commit to taking concrete action in their circles of influence.
Following the training, The Riverside Church will provide ongoing support, resources, and reporting mechanisms. This will help those who attend stay connected and share the work you are doing in your congregations.
The training begins with a free, open to the public screening of "The Armor of Light" on Thursday, October 6 at 7PM. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Rev. Rob Schenck, Abigail Disney, and Lucy McBath.