Gun Violence Awareness: actions in the next two weeks
Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans a day and injures hundreds more.
Friday, June 9 #HAVhope
The Diocese of Missouri was invited by the American Hospital Association (AHA) to partner with its national violence awareness campaign #HAVhope, on Friday, June 9. It's a social media campaign, with hospitals throughout the country and a variety of activities to focus public attention on the root causes of violence and its prevention. More about the the #HAVhope Day of Awareness,
Sunday, June 4 - Prayers of the People
Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention, the Rev. Marc Smith, is sending a short request to each of our parishes to consider on June 4 including a prayer in the Prayers of the People to diminish violence.
If you choose to participate, please consider taking a photo*! Share that on social media with the hashtag #HAVhope on the 9th. And send us a copy! We'll include it on the diocesan gun violence prevention page.
*A photo of the prayer, during the prayer, being talked about during coffee hour--we'll trust your judgment and knowing your community. Photos during worship with flash are not universally applauded.
Friday, June 2 - #wearorange
This June 2nd on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Americans across the country will wear orange "—a color that demands to be seen—to send the powerful message that there is more we can do to end gun violence." Hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and partnered by the Episcopal Bishops Against Gun Violence.
For more information on how your parish might participate in the vitally important work of gun violence prevention in this diocese, contact the Rev. Marc D. Smith, Ph.D., bishop's deputy for gun violence prevention, at (314) 452-3378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.