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A DIVINE PRESCRIPTION FOR THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE

 

As our nation reels from the mass shootings in Dallas, Orlando, Charleston, San Bernardino and countless other senseless tragedies, we look to communities of faith for strength and solutions. Bishop Eugene Sutton is a reservoir of both.
 

As head of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and co-founder of Bishops United Against Gun Violence (BUAGV), Sutton is harnessing the convening power of church leaders to counter the epidemic of gun violence in our country. What started out as several bishops coming together after Sandy Hook turned into more than 60 bishops dedicated to confronting the idolatry of violence.
 

“Faith leaders are in the healing business,” said Sutton. “And violence is a disease. We’re challenging the disease.”
 

The initiative empowers faith leaders to have difficult conversations about gun violence in their communities and to advocate for common-sense gun laws.
 

Under Sutton’s leadership, the group has brought together a diverse coalition of faith leaders -- Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and others -- and successfully lobbied for the passage of the Maryland Firearm Prevention Act in 2013, which limits access to assault weapons and excludes guns from schools. “We as a nation have worshipped for far too long at the altar of the gun" he said. "We put our faith in firearms instead of faith in God.”

 

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Must-Read Monday

 

On a Somber Sunday, ‘One Nation Under God Examines Its Soul’

By Richard Fausset, Campbell Robertson and Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times

 

Fearful that the nation is locked in a spiral of violence and discord, many Americans took what refuge they could in church on Sunday.

RACIAL JUSTICE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

After the shootings, Dallas clergy will pray, then advocate for change

By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

 

Dallas clergy, reeling from the shootings of police in their city and the recent shootings of black men by police elsewhere, say they will start responding with prayer and then move to advocating for concrete societal changes in the aftermath of the tragedies.

RACIAL JUSTICE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

The Evangelicals and the Great Trump Hope

By Robert P. Jones, New York Times

 

How have white evangelical Protestants — self-described “values voters” — become a forceful bloc of supporters for Donald J. Trump?

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

How the push for gay rights is reshaping religious liberty in America

By Warren Richey, Christian Science Monitor

 

One year after the United States Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision, the clash between gay rights advocates and religious conservatives is reshaping religious liberty in America.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

In a First, Democrats’ Platform to Call for Death Penalty Abolition

By Perry Bacon Jr., NBC News

 

The words of Bill and Hillary Clinton during their respective presidential campaigns — 24 years apart — illustrate the decline in both the support and use of the death penalty in America — a shift expected to result in the Democrats becoming the first major U.S. political party to formally call for the abolition of capital punishment later this month.

DEATH PENALTY, POLITICS

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