First Ordained Presbyterian Minister Of Gun Violence Prevention To Speak In St. Louis

First Ordained Presbyterian Minister Of Gun Violence Prevention To Speak In St. Louis

The Rev. Deanna Hollas became the first ordained minister of gun violence prevention last year. The first ordained Presbyterian minister of gun violence prevention is headed to St. Louis to teach elected officials and parishioners about ending gun violence. Washington University and Webster Groves Presbyterian Church will host a weekend-long event that will include a lecture, sermon and workshop with the Rev. Deanna Hollas. Hollas was ordained a minister of gun violence prevention through the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship last year. Her position is said to be a first of its kind for a Christian denomination in the U.S. Hollas said her role is to help the church remain informed and active at every level on preventing gun violence. “I talk with different individuals, members, pastors, Presbyteries, people at all levels of the church and say, ‘What do you need?’” she said. “‘How can I help you?’” She said she then works to connect them to resources in the community to better support efforts to end gun violence. For 50 years, the Presbyterian Church has spoken out against gun violence. She said the church views growing gun violence in the nation as a public health crisis. The best way to address it, Hollas said, is to go after it systematically. “[It’s] not necessarily trying to manage each individual person and individual responsibility,” she said. “It’s more how do we create systems by things like background checks on all gun purchases and red-flag laws. That can limit access to people that […]

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