Heeding God’s Call
Inspiring Hope, Raising Voices,
Taking Action to End Gun Violence
Yesterday, June 17, yet another horrific gun massacre of innocents. This time the setting was all-too-familiar those of us in the faith community. A small group had gathered at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. to pray. Knowing the civic leadership of their pastor, Rev. Clem Pinckney (also a state senator), they were no doubt praying for peace, in their lives, their community and the world. Rev. Pinckney and 8 other members were shot by a young man who had been out on bail, yet was reportedly given a gun by his father. Whatever our faith tradition, we are in prayer today for the families of the victims and perpetrator, and for the congregation and community of Charleston as they try to heal and make sense of the senseless.
We at Heeding God’s Call are shocked, but not surprised by yesterday’s events. This slaughter was sadly predictable, and makes patently clear that the American faith community MUST step up to confront our the epidemic of gun violence, wherever it occurs, be it in an historic African American church, every day in the streets and neighborhoods of cities and towns across the nation, in a formerly peaceful elementary school or in homes beset with domestic violence or those in despair seeking to end their lives.
It is the responsibility of the American faith community to confront gun violence with God’s love and compassion, but also with human commitment and steadfastness. It is time for all houses of worship, all clergy, all faith traditions and all of the faithful to stand, walk, march, advocate and vote to bring down the idolatry of guns and to save the lives of all of our families, neighbors, fellow citizens.
We must pray and grieve, but God demands more of us. We must act. We must mobilize. We must confront the evil of gun violence and those who would profit by it. NOW.
Heeding God’s Call has been devoted to action to end the evil of gun violence since we began six years ago. We work daily to ‘change the game’ and to enlist people and institutions of faith get into the street and confront the evil that is killing so many Americans. We ask you to join us in this sacred campaign, by letting us know how you feel today and supporting us. Please contact us on Facebook and let us know what you are thinking. Please join us by using the Contact tab on this page.
Heeding God's Call Greater Washington
Help Create, Install, and Maintain Heeding God’s Call's Memorial to the Lost
Heeding God’s Call Memorials to the Lost have been and are effective for galvanizing faith communities and people of faith to stop the calamity in all neighborhoods and in the locations where the Memorial has been installed. We know the Memorial has touched the lives and hearts of countless numbers of people throughout Philadelphia, Harrisburg and locations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. To learn more about the Memorial to the Lost please click on the tab for Memorial to the Lost on the left side of this page, or click here.
In order to continue and to grow this sacred work, we need your help. You can directly help Heeding and the neighborhoods and communities we serve by investing in the creation of, installation of, and caring for a tee-shirt in a 2015 Memorial to the Lost. Your donation of $50 will ensure that a tee-shirt honoring a victim of gun violence will be raised and cared for. A donation of $125 will do the same for three victims. You may donate through the donate tab above, use this link, or you may send a check to Heeding God’s Call at the address listed here. Please designate on your check “Memorial to the Lost”.
Thank you and Blessings to All!