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Participate in the Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence

On January 5 and 6, 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is organizing a Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence.

United Methodist Women shares your grief over the 20 children and 7 adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Our prayers are with families, friends and the community at large, because such carnage diminishes us all. In the wake of this tragedy, we embrace our church’s efforts to support these families and all families faced with discussing these realities with their children.

United Methodist Women is a nurturing organization; our social justice history presses us to seek systemic change in the midst of this continuing violence. In addition to our prayers, United Methodist Women calls for action.

United Methodist Women joined Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence in December 2010. This campaign scheduled a prayer vigil outside the White House on Friday evening, the day of the shootings. Read about the campaign’s resolutions and find out more about this effort to educate Americans on how lives can be saved by strengthening gun violence prevention laws.

Participate in the Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence

On January 5 and 6, 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is organizing a Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence [PDF], a “day for faith leaders to speak to their congregations about the toll of gun violence in our communities and the power of faith to heal and help recover from the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence.”

United Methodist Women Work Against Gun Violence

In October 1995, the Women’s Division (now United Methodist Women) adopted the proposed gun violence resolution for the 1996 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, Resolution 3426, “Gun Violence,” in The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church (2012). The resolution calls for support of federal legislation to regulate gun and ammunition imports, manufacturing, sale and possession by the general public, including registration and licensing of purchasers and owners and appropriate background checks and waiting periods.

United Methodist Women endorsed and participated in the Million Mom March on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in May 2000. In October 2001 the Million Mom March merged with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

For more information, contact Julie Taylor at the United Methodist Women Office of Child and Family Advocacy at jtaylor@unitedmethodistwomen.org.

Last Updated: 04/07/2014
 
 

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