James Atwood was in a meeting with church elders after the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32 people when he asked what the group was doing about gun violence.
The church was offering counseling and opening for prayer. The answer did not satisfy the theologian, but he didn’t argue. He’d objected before when he thought a church should do more, only to be told the church’s role was to deal with spiritual matters, not political.
“Why is it a political problem when each person that was killed (at Virginia Tech) was born in the image of God?” Atwood asked Saturday. “And each had a body that according to the New Testament was a living temple of the spirit of God?”
“How did gun violence become a political issue?” he asked.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Coming on the heels of the millions who participated in the Women's March on Washington and sister events, this weekend will bring another opportunity for civic engagement. Religious and community organizations are holding a preach-in event to educate people of faith on gun control and how it is supported by the teachings of their religion.
The Reverend Richard Edens is one of the pastors at the United Church of Chapel Hill, the host site of Beyond Gun Violence Conference.
"Putting your faith in a gun, it's a false promise of security," he said. "What we have is a Second Commandment challenge, more than a Second Amendment challenge."
HIGH POINT — Freshman U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, R-13th, is cosponsoring a bill to streamline concealed carry handgun recognition across the country, saying it will benefit law-abiding gun owners who travel among the states.
As part of a national day of remembrance for gun violence victims across America, several nonprofit groups held a vigil Thursday evening at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Their goal was to specifically recall the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence coordinated the evening's vigil with the assistance of MomsRising, NC AIDS Action Network, NC Council of Churches, Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, NC Justice Center, Parents of Murdered Children, and others.
"We do believe gun violence affects all of us. And where do we go from here?" asked the Rev. Byron Wade, pastor of Davie Street Presbyterian.