Vermilion UCC Congregational Anti-Gun Violence Vigil


♪ If we just talk ♪ ♪ of thoughts and prayers ♪ ♪ and don’t live out ♪ ♪ a faith that dares ♪ ♪ and don’t take on ♪ ♪ the ways of death ♪ ♪ our thoughts and prayers ♪ ♪ are fleeting breath ♪ Saturday night August 3rd, I went to bed
and I saw that 20 people had died in El Paso, Texas, from a mass shooter. And then
I saw that nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio, from a mass shooter. I
thought, did that really happen? And you know you don’t you don’t want to look
back at your phone we’ve all been there where you read something and you want to un-read it. You can’t believe it happened, but it did. The church is very justice-driven and
mission-driven and we really stand up for what is right and just.
And in our community here, we’re the church that’s known as that, the
Progressive Voice. There’s a poem that we read at Wear Orange Day in Oberlin…which
is a day of remembrance for those killed in gun violence. “During these times, we
must open our hearts and our arms and remind ourselves, and each other, that
there are more candles than guns. There’s more love than hate, and much more light,
stronger, brighter and more powerful than any evil or danger that may swirl around
us.” Just nationwide we’ve got too much violence going on and we’ve got too much insensitivity in Washington. So my thing is, people can come together and let
Washington know that we will stand against them if they don’t stand for us. The ballot is definitely the weapon of choice.

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