National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

Prevent Gun Violence Sabbath

Places of worship across the nation are asked to participate in the “National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, March 15-17. Purpose of the observance is twofold:

  1. To remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, and
  2. To discuss how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence.
Gun Violence Sabbath poster

Sponsors of the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath are the Washington National Cathedral; PICO,, a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems, such as access to health care, improving public schools, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable housing, redeveloping communities and revitalizing democracy; and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of nearly 50 denominations and faith-based organizations.

Vincent DeMarco, executive director of Faiths United, announced two additions to the coalition: Sojourners and Pax Christi. They bring the roster of members to 46.

The Washington National Cathedral will host the centerpiece event of the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Saturday, March 16.

Resources have been prepared to enable places of worship to participate in observing the Sabbath:

  • Toolkit, includes editable event flyer, sample sermons, talking points and core messages, media tips, social media posts and more.
  • Web page to add an event: Register an event.

The sponsors encourage promoting the event far and wide as often as possible. To support efforts in persuading Congress to act, they emphasize the importance of registering events.

“The number of events is critical for our efforts to get national and local media attention,” De Marco stressed. “We let Congress know on Jan. 15 through a press conference at the United Methodist Building that there is significant power in this coalition. Now, let's show them.”

Editor's note: For more information:

Letter to the Editor