#NeverAgain: Act Now on Gun Violence
We remember the lives stolen and the communities shattered at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs. We’ve said “Never again,” and we have to do more. We come from people who put prayer and activism in the same breath to battle Jim Crow, to ensure voting rights and marriage equality, to protect health care and the rights of religious minorities. Together we are breathing our prayers and pushing for justice—we speak up, vote, lobby, march, protest, blog, tweet, and insist that our lawmakers recognize the value of every person. Now is not the time to make it easier for people to carry and use guns. Now is not the time to turn our teachers into armed guards. Now is the time to do three things. 1. Challenge Congress We need federal gun law reform: community safety is a human issue, not a partisan one. We’ve had enough, and Congress must act! Share this statement in your networks to tell Congress to reject: - H.R. 3668: The Sportsmen, Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, which eliminates restrictions on silencers, and - S. 446: The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which weakens restrictions on carrying guns across state lines. 2. Confront the NRA We believe in God’s authority over life and know that killing is not God’s will for us or our country. That’s why we’re boycotting companies that support the NRA  and voting out all NRA-affiliated politicians . 3. Follow the Youth Everytown for Gun Safety is the leading national gun violence prevention organization. Text REJECT to 64433 to join and learn how to talk to your congressperson about gun reform! On Wednesday, March 14, we marched with students who walked out of their classrooms and remembered their friends and loved ones. On Saturday, March 24, we supported the children and youth leading the call to stop gun violence in Washington, D.C., and at sibling marches across the United States and on six continents around the world. This is just the beginning! Let's lift our voices. Let's flood the Congressional phone lines. Let’s be the groundswell that changes the tide! Enough! The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church Auburn Senior Fellow Rabbi Sharon Brous Founder/Senior Rabbi, IKAR Auburn Senior Fellow Valarie Kaur Founder, The Revolutionary Love Project Auburn Senior Fellow The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson President, Auburn Seminary Brian D. McLaren Auburn Senior Fellow Lisa Sharon Harper Founder and President, Freedom Road LLC Auburn Senior Fellow Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network Auburn Senior Fellow Rev. angel Kyodo williams Founder, Transformative Change Auburn Senior Fellow Rev. Traci D. Blackmon Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ Auburn Senior Fellow Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Auburn Senior Fellow Rev. Peter Heltzel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, New York Theological Seminary Auburn Senior Fellow ---  Which companies support the NRA? https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a18700113/companies-that-work-with-the-nra/  Which politicians are NRA-affiliated? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html
VP Pence: Publicly Declare That White Supremacy Has No Place in the White House
I write to you as a person of faith who has given my life to serve my Lord Jesus Christ. I know you also proclaim a deep Christian faith and it is in the spirit of our shared faith that I call upon you to act with the courage of your convictions in this moment. You are well aware of the horrific events in Charlottesville that injured dozens and killed one young woman, Heather Heyer. Her death is the direct result of the rallying of people who call themselves the Alt Right but who are in fact the modern day manifestations of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis and white supremacists. As you are also aware, President Trump has equivocated in his condemnation of the events of Charlottesville, saying that there are 'good people on both sides'. These organized groups of men bearing torches chanted Nazi slogans from World War II. These are not good people who share American values, and this false moral equivalency has emboldened and encouraged the leaders of the Alt Right who are planning more rallies and threatening more communities in the coming days. While you have condemned the violence you have refused to specifically denounce President Trump and even recently confirmed that you "Stand with the President" and his "both sides" argument. Your position is extremely hurtful to all those who have felt the brutal effects of Nazis, the Klan and white supremacy and betrays the American values and Christian values of dignity, justice and equality that I believe you hold dear. There can be only one moral position when it comes to condemning racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. Take the moral convictions of your Christian faith and publicly declare that white supremacy is repulsive, counter to all this country stands for, and has no place in the White House; condemn and affix blame solely on the shoulders of these white supremacy ideologues for inciting hate. You must be clear that there can be no moral ambiguity when it comes to these groups and their fixation on white Christian supremacy in America. We stand by to make faith leaders available to you from around the country to provide counsel. Rev. Dr. Noel Castellanos President, Christian Community Development Association Board Member: National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and World Vision Auburn Senior Fellow
We Pledge To Resist Deportation And Discrimination Through Sanctuary
Calling upon the ancient traditions of our faiths, which recognized houses of worship as a refuge for the runaway slave, the conscientious objector, and the Central American refugee fleeing the civil wars of the 1980s, Sanctuary is once again growing among communities of faith that are standing in solidarity with immigrants and marginalized communities facing immoral and unjust deportation and discrimination policies. We find ourselves entering a new phase of U.S. history wherein the politics of fear has stoked an atmosphere of racism and xenophobia across the country. The new Administration has pledged to criminalize, detain and deport undocumented people at new levels that will tear families and communities apart. As people of faith and people of conscience, we will take civil initiative out of our moral obligation to embody principles of human rights and dignity, and resist any harmful and unjust policy proposals that further undermine due process and lead to racial profiling and discrimination. By signing this pledge, we are dedicating ourselves to educate and activate our congregations, to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out against the discrimination of any and all marginalized people. We are ready to open the doors of our sacred spaces and accompany those facing deportation and discrimination. We support those answering the call to provide sanctuary at schools, hospitals, college campuses, community centers and family homes. We will work with partner organizations to create sacred space of sanctuary wherever it is needed.