Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. -Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
The Gun Violence Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry. In our Book of Discipline’s, “A Companion Litany to Our Social Creed,” we’re reminded that “God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.” Whether it happens in a suburb of the United States, a town in northeastern Nigeria or an office in France, gun violence has become an all-too-often frightening phenomenon. As followers of Jesus, called to live into the reality of God’s dream of shalom as described by Micah, we must address the epidemic of gun violence so “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in God’s paths.” Therefore, we call upon United Methodists to prayerfully address gun violence in their local context.
We do this by:
- advocating for laws that prevent and reduce gun violence.
- educating church members and the community about ways to engage in this advocacy.
- hosting events relating to gun violence.
If your passion for doing God’s work extends to building relationships, being a change-maker and advocating for others, join the Gun Violence Team! Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place. To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk
General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church: Gun Violence Prevention
What does the Bible say about gun violence? What does the Methodist Church say? Visit this page to learn more about the United Methodist position and find more ways to get involved!
Gun Violence; Conversation Elevation Video
View the video from our dialogue meeting on October 1, 2018. Jeff Jensen, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Gail Wechsler, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, discuss solutions to the gun violence epidemic.
NPR Article Summarizes Meeting