In July, the 225th General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a report and recommendations from the Addressing Violence in the USA Committee around the subject of addressing the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The Committee’s recommendations called for A Decade to End Gun Violence (2022-2032). In the past decade, gun fatalities have increased dramatically in the U.S. and the manufacture and purchase of firearms have also increased dramatically. The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) has called for the church to be a place to educate and advocate for an end to gun violence and to speak with both a prophetic and pastoral voice to people impacted by and experiencing gun violence. You can read the report and recommendations below.
An adult education class at The Presbyterian Church of Okemos has decided to engage this work, beginning with studying the problem of gun violence in the U.S. and then moving toward steps we, as Presbyterian Christians, can take to advocate for change. They would like to engage others in the Presbytery with this work – share resources, join in the work of advocacy together. Any churches or individuals who would be interested in forming a cohort to work on this are invited to contact Rev. Chrissy Westbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For resources on gun violence from the PC(USA), follow the link below.