Gun Violence Prevention

As a community and as Christians, we are called to take action to help prevent gun violence, through prayer, social justice, education and civic conversation.


Sharing the truth that gun violence is inconsistent with God’s plan for the world fits with our theme for 2018, which is truth. Throughout the year, Grace Cathedral’s community will direct its prayers and energies to the prevention of gun violence. Stay tuned for more events, initiatives and resources.

The Forum with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Loaded
Sunday, March 4 at 9:30 am
The award-winning author’s latest book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a provocative, timely and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects the truth about race and power in the United States.

Panel on Gun Violence Prevention
Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm
Please join us for an uncompromising discussion of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it, in the face of what can seem like insurmountable opposition or indifference. Panelists will include William Scott, Chief of the San Francisco Police Department, Mattie Scott, Executive Director of homicide and violence support and action group Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation and more. This panel, the first in a series of conversations and educational events on gun violence prevention, is hosted in collaboration with Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Sherith Israel.

Victims of Gun Violence Altar
Beginning in late March, please visit a special altar where you can light a candle, pray and write your own prayer for the victims or for our country.

Workshops in Sacred Response to Gun Violence
Saturday, March 24 at 9 am to 12 pm
Join youth and adults for a morning of reflection, education and action to end senseless and avoidable gun violence and to have your voice heard. Workshops will be tailored to address the needs and experiences of adults and youth. Sign up for the workshops. A liturgy will follow the workshops and precede the march. Then, we will gather and march down to City Hall for the March for Our Lives.

March for Our Lives
Saturday, March 24 at 12 pm
Grace Cathedral and the Diocese of California are participating in the March for Our Lives rally in San Francisco. As we did for the Women’s March in 2017 and 2018, we’ll meet on the cathedral steps before the March begins, hear reflections from Dean Malcolm Clemens Young and Executive Pastor Ellen Clark-King, then depart to join the March, which begins at Civic Center at 1 pm.

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King’s Prayer on Gun Violence
The Episcopal Church on Gun Violence

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