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Gun Violence Response #1

January 17, 2013 by  
Filed under News & Events

Members of the Swarthmore-Wallingford Interfaith Ministerium wrote the following in response to the tragic deaths at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Pastor Paul was one of signers of this statement that is intended to be a statement of consolation to the many who were deeply affected by this violent act, and a call for us to work together for a better future for all.


The undersigned members of the Swarthmore-Wallingford Interfaith Ministerium are united in our sorrow over the shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We are painfully aware that many people in our region and around the world die from violent acts every day. This tragic incident has brought to the forefront many challenging issues for us all, such as the ready reliance on weapons to settle disputes stemming from our culture’s love of violence, the inadequacy of care for the mental health of our people, and the need for security in our schools and public places. Together, and within our separate congregations and communities of faith, we hold in prayer all who suffer and all those who today are in need of comfort and consolation. We strive to find solutions that will reduce violence and promote healing for all who suffer. Let us all unite this day in working to create a better future for ourselves, our children, and our communities; a future not controlled by fear or violence.


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