Gun Violence Prevention

In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that God may teach us God’s ways and that we may walk in God’s paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Micah 4:1-4 (NRSV)

 

Gun violence has been a concern of United Methodists for decades. The 2012 Book of Resolutions includes Resolution #3426 Gun Violence (adopted 2000, revised and readopted in 2008). There were also other resolutions regarding gun violence before that. View the General Board of Church and Society's article which includes the resolution.

The Great Plains Conference passed the resolution “Christians Respond to Gun Violence” in June 2014.

Two of the action steps it calls United Methodists in the Great Plains Conference to take are:

  • Recall and adhere to Resolution #3426 from the Book of Resolutions which states, “reflecting that the traditional role of The United Methodist Church has been one of safety and sanctuary, every United Methodist church is officially declared a weapon-free zone."
  • Join United Methodist Women and the General Board of Church and Society in supporting the efforts of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and share information from Faiths United with congregations for study and action.

Read the resolution.

Read a letter from Kent Little, Mercy and Justice Team chair.

A variety of study materials are available:

Resources can also be found at