Monthly from July 2019 thru June 2020
Standing Our Holy Ground: A Year-Long Look at Gun Violence & What the Faith Community Can Do About It.
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is proud to support this webinar series organized by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program (a part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency). To register for these webinars and view recordings of past webinars, please visit the Presbyterian Mission Agency website here.
93 people are killed by guns each day in this country, totaling almost 34,000 deaths annually.
This is a public health crisis. Seven of these deaths – every day – are children or teens. This is a youth crisis. Since the Columbine High School massacre there has been an average on one school or college campus shooting per week. This is an education crisis. 62% of gun-related deaths each year are suicides.
This is a mental health crisis. More than 50 women are murdered each month by intimate partners using guns. This is a domestic violence crisis. Individuals in households experiencing poverty experience 4x the rate of gun violence in comparison to households living above the federal poverty line. This is a poverty crisis. African American men are 14x more likely to be shot and killed than White men. This is a racism crisis. Gun violence in this country does not distinguish between demographics – it impacts every socioeconomic group, every faith and cultural community, every education level, every region. It is a true social justice crisis, and it demands both our holy outrage and our holy action.
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in collaboration with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, offers Standing Our Holy Ground, a year-long webinar series that challenges the faith community to stand up against this far-reaching crisis of our day. Touching on a large variety of topics and utilizing those at the forefront of the work and research, this comprehensive webinar series delves deeply into the epidemic of gun violence and explores the ways in which people of faith and the communities to which they belong can respond and act to bring about change.
Each 1-hour webinar is free to view and features knowledgeable and experienced presenters, provides time for questions from viewers and suggests actionable steps to be taken following the webinar. The series begins on July 17th, broadcast from the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University. Subsequent webinars will be held monthly. The dates, times and topics of all webinars will be posted here as they are confirmed, and a recording each webinar will be available for viewing after the webinar takes place.