Community ViolenceWhile adopted in 1994, the social message on “Community Violence” remains sadly relevant today. The message speaks about the causes of violence as complex and pervasive, and of how violence breeds violence. In proclaiming the forgiveness and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church addresses the root of violence while being committed to social actions that respond directly to community violence and the people it affects. The message explores how the church can live out this commitment as a community of worship, education, service and ongoing deliberation and advocacy.
“Community Violence” urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence in our communities and our neighbors’ communities, pursuing justice and seeking peace no matter how long the journey or complex the challenge.
You can read or download the full social message on “Community Violence” in English or en español. This social message was adopted in 1994 by the Church Council of the ELCA.