Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are well on our way to holding this event on December 14th come rain, snow or shine at the
headquarters of the NRA. If you are able and willing, please register for the event for you and your faith communities are invited.
Below you will find information and a link to the website to register.
National Interfaith Clergy Witness at the NRA
December 14, 2017, 10 am.-12 p.m.,
National Rifle Association headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia
"All the people of the Abrahamic faiths share the same duty - to protect
the innocent. The Jewish bystander is to rescue a person in peril. Islam
requires the protection of all innocent lives. I fear if we fail in this,
bulldoze our churches [as announced re: the church in Sutherland Springs,
TX] and let the machines of war and profit win over faith, then God will
never forgive us. For that would be the worst sin of all." - Richard Parker,
New York Times OP/ED, Nov. 11, 2017
“When we fight for peace and when we resist the proliferation of
military-style weapons on our street, and when we stand against the
anti-democratic stronghold of the NRA, we are reviving the heart of our
democracy. We must shock this nation with the power of love. We must shock
this nation with the power of mercy. We must shock this nation and fight for
justice for all. We can’t give up on the heart of our democracy, not now,
not ever!” – Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Jul. 28, 2016
Most individual National Rifle Association (NRA) members own rifles and
handguns for sport and self-protection. These are not the issues that are
plaguing this country. The NRA's main focus is helping gun manufacturers
escalate profits regardless of the human cost and the spiritual welfare of
the country and its citizens. To advance this agenda of greed, the NRA uses
its money to wield political influence to control the current Congress.
As people of faith focused on the sanctity and safety of all human life,
we cannot let this agenda stand.
Therefore, on December 14, 2017, the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook
massacre, hundreds of us will come together in front of NRA headquarters and
call on the NRA and Congress to:
• Stop advancing a legislative agenda that promotes virtually unfettered
access to guns.
• Pass comprehensive, universal background checks.
• Ensure systems that keep guns out of the hands of people who should
not legally have them.
• Ensure semiautomatic and automatic weapons and large-capacity
magazines are not available for sale to the general public.
This event will be an interfaith worship service, modeled after the call
of Rev. Dr. William Barber to provide voices of moral clarity from the
religious community on the issues of our day. For 5 years since the Sandy
Hook massacre, there have been direct actions, protests, chants,
politicians, speeches, protest signs and more in front of the NRA
headquarters. But there has never been is an interfaith worship service
bringing moral voices of clarity and solidarity.
Our hope is to create a sacred and holy space as we remember those at
Sandy Hook and thousands more taken from us through gun violence. We will
bring forth the messages of our faith traditions regarding the sanctity of
human life, love of neighbor and our mutual responsibility to each other to
pass laws that will limit the destruction of lives, families and communities
through the use of firearms.
5 years, 59 protests and 1,500+ mass shooting deaths later ...
On December 14, 2012, the horrific murders of 26 at Sandy Hook
Elementary School should have led to safe and sane gun laws. If not then,
when? But Congress and the NRA chose gun manufacturer profits and fat
re-election coffers over human safety. So, gun violence prevention groups in
the Washington, DC, area held their first large protest at the NRA on the
one-month anniversary of the shooting - January 14, 2013.
Every month since then, on the 14th at 10 a.m., stalwart advocates of
sensible gun laws have rallied at the NRA to keep this conversation alive.
But 5 years, 59 protests and 1,500+ mass shooting deaths later, neither the
NRA nor Congress has shown any inclination to put the value of human lives
above gun manufacturer profits.
On, December 14, 2017, our 60th rally will bring together faith leaders
from across the nation for the first time to let the NRA and Congress know
that this gross disregard for human life cannot stand and that something
must be done to put humanity above greed and power.
Groups that have participated in monthly NRA protests
• Northern Virginia Chapter, Brady Campaign
• Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence
• Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
• Herndon-Reston Indivisible
• The Women's March
• Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence
• Newtown Action Alliance
• Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is
geographically the closest UU congregation to the National Rifle
Association. The congregation passed a resolution against gun violence in
2013 and has teamed with other congregations and anti-gun violence groups to
bring voices of faith to the national debate on guns. With no action from
the NRA or Congress since Sandy Hook, or even after the Las Vegas massacre,
UUCF decided to organize the first event primarily involving faith leaders
at the NRA. UUCF is partnering with other UU congregations in the DC area to
sponsor this event and is also seeking partnership/sponsorship from the UUA,
UUSC, United Church of Christ and the Union of Reform Judaism, among others.
Sponsors would promote the event and allow their organization’s names
and logos to be used on the event website and promotional materials.
If lodging with friends or family is not an option, out-of-town faith
leaders have two choices: in-home hospitality or local hotels:
Congregants from local Unitarian Universalist congregations have
generously offered to house many attendees on Dec. 13 and 14. When attendees
fill out the registration form, they should indicate their interest in
staying in someone's home and we will match them with a host. Or, they can
A list of hotels close to NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA is on the
December 13th Potluck and Worship
Out-of-town attendees are invited to a dinner and worship service at
UUCF at 6 p.m. the night before the event. Congregants from area UU
congregations are providing the food. Attendees can sign up to attend this
event on the website.