Latest on Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence and Gospel Values: One Congregation's Journey

by Margery Rossi
Pastor of Stony Point Presbyterian Church, Stony Point, NY.

In January 2011, our congregation grieved along with the nation as the people of Tuscon, AZ experienced the senseless shootings of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, a judge, a little girl, an elderly woman and other citizens on an ordinary Saturday morning. In the following weeks, a small group met to talk about the impact of this and other gun violence on us as individuals and as church. We found through these conversations that each and every person in the group had been touched by gun violence at least once in their lives. We decided that we wanted to know more about how to faithfully engage this complex issue but did not want to engage in polarizing debate about the right to bear arms.

Position Opening: Borderlands Organizer

Religious communities and leaders are working with border activists and organizers to reduce gun violence by creating a bi-national campaign to impede the illegal flow of assault weapons, sniper rifles and high-capacity handguns into northern Mexico. When gun dealers in the southwestern U.S. turn a blind eye to the practice of “straw purchasing,” whereby stand-ins for illegal gun traffickers buy guns in bulk that end up in the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels, they are contributing to the huge numbers of weapons that flow across the border, and to the growing insecurity, injury and death in communities in northern Mexico.

Live Video Streaming from International Ecumenical Peace Convention

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will be web streaming the plenary sessions and special events of the upcoming International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). The video streams will be live from the Mona campus of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, where the convocation is being held, beginning Wednesday 18 May.


Video & More from Convocation of Peacemakers 2011

Americans Remember the Loved Ones They've Lost to Gun Violence

The Hidden Life of Guns

A powerful three-day spread beginning a series on straw purchasing and all of the economic and political interests that fuel this immoral death-dealing practice. It is some of the most brilliant and courageous investigative reporting since Woodward & Bernstein. There are several articles and videos and interactive information sites on how guns move from gun stores into the illegal market, oftentimes very quickly, in Maryland and Virginia.

Congress on Urban Ministry: Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence

The 2011 Congress will EQUIP you to:

  • FIGHT the systems that create poverty
  • CONFRONT violence with the GOSPEL

Working To Prevent Gun Violence

by Rick Ufford-Chase


The shooting in Tucson hit me very hard. I, like most of my friends in Tucson, supported Gabrielle Giffords when she ran for Congress. I know her to be a thoughtful, careful and courageous Congresswoman in a district that has been ripped apart by the politics of polarization. The stories of those who were injured and killed and their families felt very close and were heartbreaking to me.