The Common Good

Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence

Date: January 15, 2013

Just over a month since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, national religious leaders sent a letter today to President Obama and Congress, calling for urgent action to respond to the gun violence crisis in our country. The letter, signed by 47 national religious leaders representing over 80 million Americans includes an enormous breadth of faith traditions including United Methodists, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, Sojourners, the Islamic Society of North America, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and dozens more. The letter is available on:

Many of the faith leaders who signed onto the letter participated in a news conference at the United Methodist Building in Washington, DC to announce their letter to Congress and President Obama.

"Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence brings together over forty prominent national faith denominations and organizations committed to doing all we can to reduce gun violence,” said James Winkler, Chair of Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence and the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. Highlighting the faith community’s strong support for concrete policy changes to reduce gun violence, he continued, “We will make sure Congress knows that America's faith community wants them to take action now on reasonable measures such as banning assault weapons and universal background checks which will save lives.”