Like many people and GNJUMC pastors, Revs. Elaine Wing and Pat Bruger are tired of talking and praying about lives lost to gun violence. Wing’s church, Calvary United Methodist in the Palisades District is hoping that many people will join them in a series of study and discussion gatherings on Thursdays, March 1, 8, and 15 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. The church is located at 185 West Madison Avenue between Cooper and Prospect Streets in the Bergen County town of Dumont, NJ.
The study and conversation will be facilitated by speakers and a comprehensive resource called “Kingdom Dreams and Violent Realities,” developed by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. Representatives from the town police and organizations such as Moms Demand Action and Every Town for Gun Safety have also been invited.
This will be the second time in recent years that Calvary UMC has hosted such gatherings; the first one was an interfaith event after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida that killed 49 individuals and wounded 58 others in 2016. “The youth of Florida are now imploring adults to not fall back into complacency or a sense of helplessness. People of faith must support them and do our part,” added Wing.
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