Ask questions, share concerns with colleagues during a videoconference at Noon on November 21. Learn more below.
Dear colleagues and congregations,
Overwhelmed with nearly daily news of disasters, death, violence, and other forms of mayhem, we struggle to find appropriate and adequate ways to respond. Growing fears mount over concern for the safety of others in virtually any public gathering space – parks, malls, schools, concerts and church.
The national setting of the United Church of Christ and several of our partners have offered a number of resources that might help your church as you consider the safety and well-being of the people in your pews.
Tip Sheet from National Disaster Interfaiths Network on active shooters in houses of worship.
Michael Readinger, CEO of the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM), forwarded their call to “Pray and ACT” in the face of this disastrous experience of gun violence, which is a public health emergency. President Trump has called it, ironically, a mental health issue at a time when administrative actions are stripping away the financial support we need to combat mental health issues!
The United Church Insurance Board has a great number of resources on church safety such as:
Insurance Board Position on Armed Security
(from The Steward, Fall 2013, pg. 3)
What Your Church Board Should Know about Gun Laws
(from The Steward, Summer 2016, pg 4)
All of the Insurance Board resources can be downloaded from this page.
We have also collected resources on church safety and gun violence and how to help children, youth and families address disasters and violence faithfully on the Holy Experiments Pinterest Page.
Not familiar with Pinterest? Here’s how to get started. (But, you don’t need to join Pinterest to look at these resources.)
Want to be more reflective? Read “Everlasting Life Beyond Violence: Keeping Churches Gun Free” by Lindsey Paris Lopez or Unafraid: Moving Past Fear-Based Faith by Benjamin L. Corey.
Even with all these resources, you probably have more questions. We will be hosting a FREE videoconference that will include representatives from the Insurance Board on Tuesday, November 21 at Noon. This video chat is co-sponsored by the Indiana-Kentucky and Ohio conferences. Learn how to join below.
Because you are the “front line” in the struggle to walk together in the ways of Christ, I hold you in prayer as we listen for what the still-speaking God calls on us to do and be in these times.
Keep steady in the confidence that the grace of God known to us in the ways of Jesus and so many others who have persevered faithfully in times of chaos and confusion will continue to lead us toward hope and peace.
Rev. John Gantt
Interim Conference Minister
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Nov 21, 2017 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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