Dec. 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. As we take time to reflect on the anniversary of this terrible loss of life, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence has organized a letter signed by over 50 national religious leaders, including Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger. Below is an excerpt from the letter that will be released to the public and sent to every member of Congress on Monday, Dec. 9.
In a call made from Jerusalem Dec. 14, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley Noffsinger expressed his deep sorrow upon hearing the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The news reached him while he and other Brethren leaders were on a delegation to the Middle East. Noffsinger and the delegation has sent a letter to the people of Newtown.
The National Council of Churches is making a number of the response to Newtown tragedy available online, along with worship and action resources for churches to address gun violence and help parishioners deal with the aftermath of a tragedy that has affected the entire nation.
Following are worship resources by two Church of the Brethren pastors, a prayer sparked by the tragedy at Newtown and a new version of the Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?”
General Secretary Stanley Noffsinger expressed his deep sorrow today upon hearing the news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.