A Methodist Response to Gun Violence
Today, we are again heartbroken by the reality of violence and evil in our world. As images and stories emerge from the shooting at Robb Elementary School, the people of Chamblee join in prayer and support for the community of Uvalde, TX and all who have been impacted by gun violence. As United Methodists we are called to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15) and to be an active witness for peace in our world (Matt. 5:9).
In response to yesterday’s events, a fellow United Methodist, Aimee Cox, offered a prayer titled God show us how to do more: A prayer in response to violence. In it she prays, “Stir something deep within that empowers us to stand up to violence of all kinds but most especially to the violence that hurts your sweet children.” If you find in your grief or your righteous anger a stirring to do more as a person of faith, the North Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC has created a resource list for Gun Violence Prevention (https://www.ngumc.org/gun-violence-prevention) which includes a link to Aimee’s full prayer and information on what the UM Church believes and how we can take action as people of faith.
Please know that the pastors and ministry staff of Chamblee Methodist are always available to you as we all process these events and progress toward a better, faithful future together.