|ps from ps:Since the shooting in Buffalo (and many others since then), several of you have asked what can we do? Dean Jeremiah Smith shared information with me about this March for Our Lives Buffalo on Saturday. This is just one of the many ways to turn our “thoughts and prayers” into concrete action. The issue is huge and diverse; from mental health to guns, from racism to social media. But we have to start somewhere! Here is his invitation:|
Dear People of God,
You are invited to join myself and other members of Parkside at this Saturday’s March for Our Lives. The Event Coordinators write, “Buffalo-Niagara knows all too well the cost of gun violence. Given the horrific levels of violence that has occurred in our community and our nation, we believe it is time to shine a light on ALL areas that contribute to this violence perpetrated against innocent adults and children – including Gun Safety and Gun Responsibility. March with us in solidarity. We march for our lives and the lives lost to senseless and often racially motivated gun violence. Together we say NO MORE!
By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement.”
“God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war.” Isaiah 2:4
The March begins at 10:30 and will end at Noon. The official gathering place is Jefferson and Glenwood. The total March will only be about a quarter mile ending in front of Top’s at Jefferson and Riley. However, if anyone would like to gather with other church folks, you can join Katie, Eleanor, and I, at 10:15am in front of the CAO of Erie County 1424 on Jefferson Ave.
Here is the event’s Facebook Page if you would like more information. Buffalo Niagara March For Our Lives Facebook Event Page
May our thoughts and prayers turn into faithful action.
Peace,The Rev. Jeremiah SmithDean
Dear God, may we work together in all ways to bring an end to this violence. Amen
Be well, safe and blessed!