ELCA launches resource to address gun violence

6/13/2019 3:10:00 PM

​CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) introduces "A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence," a new resource that invites readers to face the painful truth of gun violence and to work for its prevention as people of God who strive for justice and peace.

The new resource features daily observances of prayer, Scripture, church teachings and advocacy toward gun violence prevention. The readings—designed for use in individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions or congregational daily devotions—begin June 16 but may be used at any time.

"The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S.," the resource introduction reads. "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."

"A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence" is available here along with an easy-to-use guide and appendix noting key ELCA documents and actions, and a gun violence litany.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

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Candice Hill Buchbinder
Public Relations Manager


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