Faith leaders take action on gun violence

Faith leaders take action on gun violence

Bishop Joseph Jaech, Pastor Jim Riede and Pastor Mary Sanders attended the July 7 march to protest the shooting death of Iyana Ussery. Local faith and spiritual leaders are taking action to address gun violence in Tacoma and develop strategies to protest, be a public witness against, and cultivate actions toward ending the violence that has afflicted the city at record high numbers lately. At the invitation of congregation members from Temple Beth El and Rev. Dave Wright from the University of Puget Sound, the leaders met and decided that the first course of action will be to utilize the network of Associated Ministries to invite other religious and spiritual communities to join together for an “Interfaith Weekend of Protest Against Gun Violence,” Aug. 12-14. The idea is for faith and spiritual communities to decide for themselves what such a weekend would look like, either incorporating into their regular services or gatherings or creating a special event that weekend. The point is to “be together” in different spaces yet unified in a stance against gun violence to raise awareness and invite people into deeper engagement. The group met on July 19 at the University of Puget Sound to discuss a town hall planned for some time this October as a follow-up to the August weekend of protest. The town hall would gather religious and spiritual communities as well as organizations with concern or doing advocacy and legislative work around gun violence prevention, other concerned citizens, and elected officials to […]

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