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A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture with Shane Claiborne Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence

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Monday, September 11, 2023 7pm to 8:30pm

263 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3646

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Gun violence is a public health crisis. It is also a spiritual and moral crisis.

In the US, We have nearly 5 times more gunshops than McDonald restaurants. More Americans have died from guns in the US in the last fifty years than in all the wars in American history. In the US, we manufacture 9.5 million guns a year, 26,000 a day, 18 per minute, one gun every 3 seconds. With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the US own nearly half the world's guns. America also has the most annual gun deaths—homicide, suicide, and accidental gun deaths—at 105 per day, or more than 38,000 per year.

Some people say it's a heart problem. Others say it's a gun problem. We say it’s both. And God changes hearts, but people change laws.

The biblical prophets Micah and Isaiah imagine a world where God’s people beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning hooks... transforming the tools of death into tools of life, building a world free of violence.

Speaker Bio:

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.




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