Over the past several months, the eight Conference Districts partnered to present church safety events. Each started with worship originating from a place of hope and with the perspective that God empowers us to equip and prepare for church safety.
A plenary speaker followed, talking about church safety through the lens of law enforcement, and then the attendees moved to workshops. These specialized sessions drilled down on first aid, safe sanctuaries, how to de-escalate challenging interactions, and how to start creating a safety plan.
As a follow-up to these events, over the next several weeks we will share resources for your use in church safety and security planning. This week, we will focus on the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and a Bible study offered by Church and Society. Each is intended to help frame congregations’ understanding of our faith and beliefs as a church.
Social Principles of the UMC, 2016 Book of Resolutions: Our Call to End Gun Violence, #3428
The link below leads to a Bible study developed by Church and Society to address gun violence and is based on a Micah verse.
“In days to come…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more…for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.” –Micah 4:1-4