Report from Educational Advocacy Days, March 21-23
Heeding God’s Call brought Christian activists to their feet this weekend in support of its multi-faith campaign to prevent gun violence.
Bryan Miller, Heeding’s Executive Director, convened a panel about gun violence and its prevention, the focus of a plenary session Saturday, March 22 at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference in Washington. The session was attended by nearly one thousand activists, who reacted to Heeding’s message with enthusiasm and commitment.
Rev. James Atwood, author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, and founder of Heeding’s Greater Washington DC chapter, kicked off the panel by defining the unique American epidemic of gun violence as the country’s most important spiritual, ethical and moral problem. His remarks were met by rounds of applause.
Heeding member Movita Johnson-Harrell captivated the assembled when she told of her son’s shooting death and the traumatic effect it had and has on her family. She told how she has turned her grief and anger into positive activism with Heeding to block the movement of guns from sale to straw buyers and gun traffickers at gun shops to illegal resale on the nation’s streets. The truth of Movita’s words and expressions moved the assembled to stand in solidarity and support at the close of her talk.
Bryan closed the panel with exhortations to the faithful to channel the love of God’s children into activism and save their lives from the violence fueled by the illegal gun trade. He gave practical examples of the inspiring and motivating activities that Heeding pursues among the faithful every day and how these cause growth of a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. He closed with a challenge to all people of faith to join Heeding God’s Call and its faithful campaign.
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