The North Carolina Council of Churches joins with our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin to mourn Sunday’s horrific actions against a Sikh faith community peacefully gathered in their house of worship. We join with them in prayer for those injured and killed, for their families and loved ones, for peace and respect of all God’s children.
Gun violence this summer has taken a tremendous toll. The Council remains committed to working with organizations seeking to end such tragedies. As Rev. Rachel Smith said in the Council’s lectionary unit on gun violence:
The great commandment says we are to love God. The second greatest commandment says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. As people of faith we must stand witness to the destructive power of gun violence. We must say we will rely not on guns, but on God. We will affirm not guns, but life. We will bless not guns, but our common humanity.
— George Reed, Executive Director