What kind of prayer and reflection is planned?
We will follow the Way of the Cross, which is an offering of prayer at 14 Stations (stops) that invite us to recall Jesus' passion and death. Each Station will include prayer, a reading from Scripture and a short meditation. These will be read by a diversity of individuals from Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the wider world.
We will pause at each stop to reflect on the ways violence affects our lives and offer prayers to our Lord who knows the agony of violence in his own journey to the cross. The Washington landmark chosen for each Station will help us deepen our awareness of the ache and cries of the world. The walk, and particularly the reflections at each Station, will reflect our commitment to transformational change and the proclamation of God's hope to the world.
What legislative changes are supported?
We will call on Congress and state legislatures to:
1. Challenge the violence that infects our society by
a. Implementing comprehensive legislation and programs to decrease gun violence in all of our communities (cities and towns, suburbs and rural areas);
b. Supporting our schools in preventing violence and reducing bullying;
c. Improving access to mental health resources for all children and families.
2. Challenge gun violence specifically by:
a. Banning military style weapons ("weapons of war") for civilians;
b. Outlawing high-capacity ammunition magazines;
c. Instituting universal background checks, and closing loopholes in background checks for the purchase of all firearms.
We hope you will join us in Holy Week for this important witness of prayer and action in our nation's capital.
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