Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Saturday, March 16, 2013

Gun Violence in America - Reflect, Unite, Act


Join the National Cathedral community in a weekend of events exploring the impact of gun violence in America—from solutions that are working to what people of faith across the country can do to help.

All events webcast live.


Thursday, March 14, 7 pm

Speaking from experience: leaders offer solutions - Bishop of Washington Mariann Edgar Budde moderates a panel discussion about the complexities of the issues surrounding gun violence and possible solutions with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, emergency room expert Dr. Arthur Kellerman, and D.C. Metro Assistant Chief of Police Patrick Burke.


Friday, March 15, 10 am–5:30 pm

Prayers for the nation - Special prayers for an end to gun violence and for the nation are offered throughout the day, and the Cathedral is open to visitors for private prayer and reflection.


Saturday, March 16, 11 am–3 pm

Gun violence prevention sabbath weekend

11 am – Preceded by interfaith prayers and music, the first public panel of the day discusses violence in our local communities with the Rev. Dr. Delman L. Coates, senior pastor of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George’s County, Md.; the Rev. Carol Reese, Episcopal chaplain at Stroger Hospital in Chicago, Ill; and the Rev. Alvin Herring, director of training, PICO National Network.

12:30 pm – The day continues with Cathedral Dean Gary Hall gathering with national faith leaders and members of Congress including Representatives Elizabeth Esty (d-conn.) and Chris Van Hollen (d-md.) to discuss national policies on gun violence.

1:30 pm – Bishop Budde moderates this discussion with interfaith leaders including Sojourners’ Jim Wallis; Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America; Dr. Rajwant Singh of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education; and the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones of Union Theological Seminary.

2:30 pm – The day concludes with an interfaith worship service, inspiring action rooted in our faith.


Sunday, March 17

Gun violence prevention sabbath weekend

10:10 am - Cathedral Dean Gary Hall leads a discussion with psychologist and advocate Lauren Abramson about the place of reconciliation in our society—whether discord in a family or violence in a community—and about how it might offer hope to people in conflict.

11:15 am - The Cathedral community continues its Lenten journey with the regular Sunday service of Holy Eucharist at which Dean Hall provides another compelling sermon on the topic of gun violence. •


Brought to you with generous support of friends of Washington National Cathedral, including the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.