Everytown for Gun Safety’s Wear Orange Weekend is June 7-9, with the 5th Annual Gun Violence Awareness Day kicking off the weekend on June 7th. According to Everytown for Gun Safety:
National Gun Violence Awareness Day asks everyone who believes we can do more to save American lives from gun violence to do one simple thing: Wear Orange. Originating in hunting culture, Wear Orange acknowledges that America has a proud heritage of responsible gun ownership and reflects the value of human life. The 5th National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 7, 2019, will be the largest-ever show of support for this issue. In greater numbers than ever before, Americans will come together to show that we are united in our goal of ending gun violence.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence, whose member bishops include Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, invites Episcopalians and Episcopal churches across the country to participate in Wear Orange Weekend.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Wear and Share
Wear orange during the weekend and let people know why you’re participating. Start a conversation about a future free from gun violence. Looking for more conversation starters? Check out ideas and statistics from Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
Invite church members to wear orange to worship on Sunday, June 9th (yes, we know that red is the proper color for Pentecost!). Take a group picture and share it on the church’s social media accounts with the hashtag #wearorange. Add the hashtag #cnyepiscopal to share your activity with others in our diocese.
Create a new profile picture for social media with the “Go Orange” tool and add it to your church or personal accounts over Wear Orange Weekend.
Light Your Building
On the evening of June 7th, use a filtered spotlight to turn your church building orange.
Explore the prayers and liturgical resources available from Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Incorporate prayers for an end to gun violence into worship on Sunday, June 9th, and make a special time of personal prayer on each day of Wear Orange Weekend.
On Friday, June 7th (and every Friday) join Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence on Facebook for a live five-minute prayer service.