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A message from our pastor.

We Need More than “Solidarity” and Prayers

Another school shooting with 10 dead this time. And what we get are some pious platitudes about “solidarity” and “in our prayers.” We need more than that; our children need more than that. We need effective ways to end gun violence.

Just like the shooting in Parkland, the guns had been purchased legally. Nikolas Cruz had legally purchased seven guns, including an AR-15, a military type assault rifle.  Although Cruz had been known as a loner, Dimitrios Pagourtzis was on the JV football team, part of his church’s dance squad, and other than his recent Facebook posts gave no “indication,” whatever that means, that he could kill his classmates.

But instead of meaningful approaches to gun violence, we only hear empty words from our elected leaders. It is well past time to do more. Enough. Enough. Enough!

--Pastor Joyce Antila Phipps




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