Good people of West Parish,
I recently read a chilling statistic: nearly 40,000 people died by gun in the United States in 2017 (NYT/Mervosh). Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for black children and teens. And last week, we saw yet another mass shooting in Virginia Beach.
Today I came across an article that helped me to think differently about the “gun debate.” It suggests that we ask different questions: What do we think about human nature? What do we believe about God?
These are fundamental questions for us as Christian people, and as members of the church. So this Sunday, as we gather for one of the most joyous Sundays of the year — to celebrate our children and picnic together! — let us hold these questions in mind.
How shall we, as a community, raise and love all of our children? How do we believe that God is at work in our lives? And how can we work towards a world of justice, safety and love for the next generation? This is why we do church. This is why I love church! Because we ask these big questions together, and then endeavor to create the world God envisions for us.
Our children are depending on us.