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National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

Dear Journey Family and Friends,

This week is National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Whether or not you own a gun is not at issue. At issue is the escalating gun violence, which brings tragedy to communities all over our nation. We are called to stand against, speak out, and abhor violence in all of its forms.

Here are some thoughts from Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe:
“The epidemic of gun violence has continued unabated for far too long. To allow these tragedies to occur so often and not act is shameful.
In this Advent season that should be filled with hope and anticipation, we are once again confronted with the despair that accompanies the all-too-frequent and painful reality of gun violence. This week in the United States, we have been witness to at least three mass shootings, the latest of which occurred in San Bernardino, California. We denounce all forms of violence and terror that are in direct opposition to the life and message of the Prince of Peace.

Our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray for comfort and healing for them and for their communities.

Yet, we know when addressing the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, our prayers are not enough.

We call upon the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that reduces gun violence and prevents unlimited access to guns, including assault weapons. The United Methodist Church has repeatedly called for personal, local, and governmental action to eliminate violence involving guns.

The epidemic of gun violence has continued unabated for far too long. To allow these tragedies to occur so often and not act is shameful.

We hold the families of the victims in our prayers, and we commit to continued action with Congress and communities to take steps to see an end to such devastating and unnecessary violence.”

Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.

Praying for you and yours,

Pastor Jen