Gun violence is on the rise, both locally, and nationally. Mass shootings are in the news more than ever: the Pulse Nightclub, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and now Parkland High School. Mass shootings seem inevitable.
No one wants more shootings. Everyone wants to be protected. So why can’t we seem to change this culture of violence? It seems we have become so deeply divided in our beliefs about guns and our right to have them that we cannot have a serious conversation about the problem, nor can we find a way to stop the gun violence plaguing our nation.
In the spirit of the Lenten season, First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue, and Wake Forest Baptist Church have united to answer a call to conversation about violence. We hope to answer the plea of Jesus, “blessed are the peacemakers.”
Using a process called Deliberative Dialogue, we will hear from participants of all ages and backgrounds about their personal experiences with violent situations. We hope to fairly explore the major positions being advanced in national discourse, examine the benefits and trade-offs of each, and determine if we can locate among them shared values and common ground for action.
The goal of our dialogue is not that everyone agree, but that everyone be heard and respected….and that we take at least one small step in the direction of reducing violence and making peace among us.
When: Wednesday, March 21, 5:30-8. Check-in and supper starts at 5.
Where: First Baptist, Highland Avenue, 700 Highland Ave., Winston-Salem
Who: All are welcome, no exceptions.
Registration is required.