This morning, our nation awoke to another school shooting in Texas.

“Students described bloodied students fleeing the school and several stretchers of injured students ferried to ambulances. The incident occurred about 7:32 am,” USA Today reported.

“Houston County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at least eight people were killed at Santa Fe High School and that the majority were students. He said the death toll could rise to 10.

Gonzalez tweeted that one person was in custody and a second person was detained. An injured officer is also being treated, he said.

“We’re still searching, so there could be more injured,” he said.

The Santa Fe Independent School District tweeted that explosives have been found at the school and off campus. The school has been evacuated.”

Read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/18/active-shooter-santa-fe-high-school-texas-galveston-county/

Twitter is exploding with tweets decrying our elected officials and using hashtags like #EnoughIsEnough, #EndGunViolence, and #GunControlNow.

So, what can you do to be God’s love in action? Join the Silent March on June 2, 2018.

The Desert Southwest Conference and its community partners are planning a Silent March to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Silent March was organized before this latest of 16 deadly school shootings in the USA this year alone and will display shoes collected from gun violence victims and their families to graphically demonstrate the toll gun violence takes in our communities. Join members of the PVUMC Church and Society Ministry Team and others at 8 am at the Arizona State Capitol. Clergy from various faiths and survivors will speak, and bells will be rung to commemorate those killed and wounded by gun violence.

The DSW Conference Gun Violence Task Force has received a stipend to help provide banners to churches who wish to hold a local march. For more information, please contact Billie Fidlin at BFidlin@dscumc.org.

The Silent March is sponsored by:
Desert Southwest Conference United Methodist Church
Arizona Faith Network
Arizonans for Gun Safety
March for Our Lives
Moms Demand Action Arizona

Special Movie Screening, May 30

Another event has also been organized in preparation for the Silent March, and to help bring awareness about the connection between bullying at school and school shootings. Arizonans for Gun Safety, founded by Gerry Hills, a member of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church and a member of the Church and Society Ministry Team, has joined March for Our Lives Arizona to show a special film screening. And Then I Go is a movie about two friends in junior high who suffer in a state of anxiety and alienation. “Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. The film stars Justin Long, Tony Hale, and Melanie Lynskey.

A community dialogue will follow the film featuring Rebecca Green, the film producer whose credits include It Follows and I’ll See You in My Dreams.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the film showing at 7 pm at First Church UCC, 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The event is free, but registration is encouraged on Eventbrite. Donations appreciated. See the Facebook event for more information and watch the official trailer here:

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