Responding to Tragedy
As we process the tragedies of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas in May, we search for ways we can promote positive change in our world.
We offer these resources and encourage individuals and parishes to engage in education and advocacy to follow the teachings of Jesus:
How to Start a Gun Violence Ministry:
Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m.
Province V invites all to join a conversation designed to share inspiration, encouragement, and concrete ideas for doing the work of gun violence prevention in your community. Bring your hopes, fears, and determination to make a difference. We will, with God’s help. Read the article and register for the event.
Curriculum for Congregational Adult Education and Formation:
Each Other's Keeper is a program developed by the Rev. Marc Smith, who recently retired from the Diocese of Missouri after serving for several years as the Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention. The curriculum he developed is available at EachOthersKeeper,org or through Church Next (free).
Mental Illness Resources: The Role of Church Leaders:
Building Faith from Virginia Theological Seminary offers a list of resources to support individuals with mental health concerns. Read this article.
Resources to Respond to Gun Violence:
The Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations offers political action recommendations, liturgical resources from Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and a list of General Convention Resolutions over the years that speak to gun violence. Visit the website.
Episcopal Church Leaders Respond to Gun Violence in Uvalde:
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other church leaders offer prayerful and practical responses to the Texas school shooting. Read/watch the releases.
Statements from Missouri Bishop Deon Johnson:
The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson issued statements and prayers following the murders in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, TX. Read the Bishop's statements.