Recently, Governor Mike DeWine’s speech to a group in Dayton, about possible gun control measures, was drown out by the chant, ‘Do something.’ That’s the same line of thinking here at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly as we look at several memorials on gun violence. You can watch the discussions live at www.elca.org/cwa-2019. Please pray for us as we ‘do something’ as the ELCA to combat the senseless violence that has become part of our daily existence.
In 1994, the ELCA issued the social message on Community Violence and in March of 2018, after the devastating school shooting in Florida, the Conference of Bishops also issued a statement to stand in support of the call by Florida students to end the bloodshed. These have not been enough, so we keep working, in the name of Jesus, to end the violence and fear.
You can also ‘do something’ by praying, being Jesus’ hands and feet in your community and by advocating for changes to gun laws and access to mental health treatment, by contacting your representatives both at the state and federal level. Below are links to find your representatives’ contact information.
US House of Representatives
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)