We at Trinity Church, along with the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S. We mourn the loss of life. We grieve for the victims and their families, who often feel silenced. And we lament for those who have done violence to others and often feel removed from a community of faith.
We invite you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories and church teachings: A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence. Together through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. Beginning June 16 and continuing through August 16, our congregation will offer a daily email for subscribers, daily postings on social media, and pop-up (informal and somewhat “spur of the moment”) events to encourage small group conversation, reflection, and prayer about the church’s response to epidemic gun violence.
In some ways we have become inured to gun violence. We must become re-sensitized. This 60-day journey of prayer, scripture, church teaching, and information bids us to face the painful truth about gun violence and to work for its prevention through the message of Christ for the sake of the gospel. We hope this time will help guide us as a community of believers to follow Jesus’ call to be peacemakers, to pursue justice, and to protect the vulnerable.
Subscribe here to our daily emails from June 16 through August 18, to include prayers, stories, scripture, and church teachings. Be sure to check the box “60-Day Journey Daily Email” after you have inserted your email address, first, and last name. Be sure to click on the “Subscribe” button at the bottom of the form.