A Response to Gun Violence

kingdomdreamsViolence is a human issue that affects all of us to one degree or another. A major part of that picture is the continued growth of gun violence in our communities. The Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference, Robert Hoshibata, has challenged the churches of the Desert Southwest Conference to covenant with him in exploring a three-part series called “Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities: Reflections on Gun Violence.”

Bishop Bob has expresses a concern that many of us share, that multiple instances of gun violence are now commonplace in our country and erupting all across the world. He worries that, “Throughout our global community, violent acts are taking the life of innocent persons, too often children and young persons.”

Bill Mefford, director of Civil & Human Rights for the General Board of Church and Society, emphasizes that “The desire to stop the impact of gun violence is felt among all people from many nations.” From weapons used in acts of domestic violence in our neighborhoods to boys being conscripted into rebel armies around the globe, guns are a part of an epidemic of violence around the globe.

So, are we becoming so numb to the continued death of so many that we are unwilling or unable to do anything to change this reality? Bishop Bob doesn’t think so – and neither do we! Hoshibata says, “As faithful Christians we must approach the issue of gun violence through a theological and biblical lens.”

In response, The Fountains is sponsoring a series of discussions, the components of which will include study, reflection, and a call to action. Facilitated by Michael T. Jones and Sharon Elrod, the sessions will be on Monday evenings, January 25th, February 1st, and February 8th at 6:30pm.

Approached as a collaborative effort, your participation in conversation is very important. Facilitator Jones says, “We believe taking a close look at the issue and then talking about what we can do is a good place to start as a community of the faithful We simply can’t do nothing. We have to do something!”

Kingdom Dreams…Violent Realities:
Monday nights, Jan. 25th, Feb. 1st, and Feb. 8th at 6:30pm

 

Facilitators:

Michael T. Jones
Michael taught logic and philosophy for 35 years at a large midwestern university.  Among his areas of expertise are issues in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion.  As a teacher, his constant goal was to help his students to engage with the material in such a way as to enhance their ability to make life-enhancing decisions.

Sharon Elrod
Sharon re-created her adult life every 10-12 years, which included secondary education teacher, social worker, teaching Social Work in two universities and educational administration/management of a behavioral health/child welfare program. In retirement, she became a gardener, professional volunteer and author. She majored in services and programs for women, children and families, maintaining her own individuality while being married to a United Methodist preacher.

 

Violence is our God