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ACTION ALERT

Faiths Calling to Prevent Gun Violence

February 4, 2013

Today is the day! The Church of the Brethren and over 40 other religious organizations are joining forces to call Congress and demand action on gun violence. The number to call is 1-888-897-0174.

This Faiths Calling event has been organized by the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and we hope that by teaming up with them and other religious organizations, Congress will hear an overwhelming and faithful voice demanding change. We ask you to take time today and call your Congressional representatives and let your voice be heard.

The Church of the Brethren has always noted and mourned over the proliferation of violence in our world, and has made statements calling us to be powerful witnesses to this tragedy in the past. Annual Conference statements from 1978, 1987, 1994, and 1999 have called on our country to address its gun violence epidemic.

Most recently, the Mission and Ministry board wrote a Resolution in Support of the National Council of Churches of Christ, USA: Ending Gun Violence (PDF). In this resolution members of the church were implored to "Call upon our local, state, and federal legislators to enact reforms that limit access to assault weapons and handguns, including closing the so-called federal 'gun show loophole,' which allows for the purchase of firearms from private sellers without submitting to a background check, or providing documentation of the purchase."

We know that there are differences in perspective among the members of the Church of the Brethren, and we ask you to express whichever policies that you are comfortable supporting. The different types of legislation that Congress is considering are listed below. When you call your Congressmen, let them know that you are calling as a member of the Church of the Brethren, and let them know the policies that you support.

  • Require universal background checks for all gun purchases
  • Ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Make gun trafficking a federal crime
  • Improve access to mental health services

Thank you for your action and continued support, and don’t forget to call 1-888-897-0174. We must continue to be faithful and "work with other Christians to find dramatic and effective ways to witness to the peace and reconciliation offered through Jesus Christ" (from the 1994 Annual Conference Statement on Violence in North America).

In God's peace,
Bryan Hanger
Advocacy Assistant
Church of the Brethren and National Council of Churches

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For more information about the witness ministries of the Church of the Brethren, contact Nathan Hosler, Advocacy Officer for the Church of the Brethren:

Nathan Hosler
C/O National Council of Churches
110 Maryland Ave. NE
Suite 108
Washington, DC 20002
nhosler@brethren.org
202-481-6943

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Church of the Brethren Action Alerts are a ministry of the denomination's Global Mission and Service and its witness and advocacy office in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the National Council of Churches. Contact advocacy officer Nathan Hosler at nhosler@brethren.org. Contact Global Mission and Service at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 or mission@brethren.org.

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