September 2021 the NRA marked the 150th anniversary of its existence and the achievement of its goal of “guns everywhere.” We now have approximately 400 million guns in civilian hands. 150 years of the NRA has created a world where gun industry profits matter more than human lives.
It is time for the church to say: Enough.
Every day in the United States, over 100 people die from gun violence and another 200 are shot and wounded. As followers of Jesus, we are called to interrupt this violence and embody the way of peace.
The United States has a gun problem because so many of us have been deceived by gun industry marketing about what a gun will do for us and our family. We imagine a gun as the guardian of our home and loved ones, rather than the standing invitation to harm, loss, and grief it much more often proves to be. We often put our faith in guns rather than in God and community.
This September, as a counter testimony, PPF launched its Guns2Gardens campaign.
Our vision is to create a network of congregations across the country that have an ongoing ministry of disarming unwanted guns. Our model is the nonprofit organization RAWtools, who for almost ten years has been working to disarm guns and forge the scrap pieces into garden tools.
We can say NO MORE and begin creating a different world. A world that embodies the vision of the prophet Isaiah — where swords will be beaten into plowshares and children will no longer learn the way of violence.
PPF is asking you join with other congregations across the United States to host a disarming event at your church.
Sign up for a Guns to Gardens Action Circle to learn more.
Move your congregation from passion and study to action by signing up for the next action circle which will offer support and training for your community to host its first disarming event. The action circles are a commitment of a series of three sessions which will help you to bring your congregation on board, guide you through logistical concerns, and prepare you to care for those who will bring firearms for disarming.
It will be a three week commitment (every other week)
with the goal of hosting your first disarming event in the second quarter of 2022 (between April 1 – June 31).
Sessions will be at 12:30pm EST via Zoom on:
January 13, January 27, February 10
“…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”Isaiah 2:4
PC(USA) Policy on Gun Violence (2010)
Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.
Your Congregation Can Prevent Gun Violence
And we can help. PPF’s Congregational Toolkit for Gun Violence Prevention is a wealth of resources for conversation, study, and organizing. Updated in 2021!
Standing Our Holy Ground
is 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.