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Beating Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty

October 20, 2013 - October 20, 2013

10:10 AM - 12:45 PM

Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, DC, 20016


CDF is honored to join the National Cathedral for the National Observance of Children's Sabbath, calling for an end to the violence and poverty that takes lives on a daily basis in our homes, workplaces and city streets. The statistics for children in particular are grave. A child or teen is killed or injured by guns every 30 minutes in our nation, and guns are the second leading cause of death among children and teens ages 1-19; only motor vehicle accidents kill more children and teens every year.

There is an emerging moral consensus that we must take specific action to curb the killing, and this morning we pray for courage to protect the most vulnerable among us. We are also pledging to call our leaders to action and support them as they take it. Join us in helping to sustain our faithful advocacy to make our streets and schoolrooms safer for all.

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Watch and share this promotional video for the Children’s Sabbath

At 10:10 a.m. Marian Wright Edelman and Dean Gary Hall of the Washington National Cathedral will host a forum featuring a panel of experts on gun violence prevention who will discuss the impact of gun violence on children, families and communities and the roles faith communities and others can play in reducing gun violence.

Attend the Gun Violence Prevention Forum:

Speakers include:

Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children’s Defense Fund

Gary Hall
Dean of the Washington National Cathedral

Dr. David Satcher
Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health

Dr. Mark Rosenberg
President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health
Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and Assistant Surgeon General

Dr. Thomas McInerny
President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Professor and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital

Watch as Illegal Guns are Transformed into Garden Tools
You’re invited to join us on the Cathedral grounds after the forum as blacksmiths turn police confiscated guns into garden tools in a modern-day interpretation of the biblical passage about beating swords into plowshares. These illegal guns will be transformed into life-affirming garden tools that will be donated to community gardens to grow healthy food for families.

Participate in the Children Sabbath Service
At 11:15 a.m. the Children’s Sabbath worship service with a sermon from Marian Wright Edelman will begin, lifting up in prayer, music, and readings about God’s call to seek justice and protect children with urgency and persistence. These events are being held as part of the 22nd annual multi-faith National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty, being celebrated throughout the weekend in places of worship across the country. For more information and to find out how your place of worship can join in, visit www.childrensdefense.org/childrenssabbaths.

Can't make the event? The Forum and Worship Service will be live-streamed and also posted after the event on the homepage of the National Cathedral at http://www.nationalcathedral.org/.

Download and share the event flyer.

Download the Seven-Day Guide for Reflection and Prayer for the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths