DECEMBER 12, 2017
Dear CAGV Friends and Supporters:
Under these fiery smoke-filled skies, we send our hopes for you and your family and friends’ safety and well-being. Due to the Thomas Fire and current crisis where immediate attention is focused on family, friends and firefighters working diligently to save our community, CAGV and the Unitarian Society are postponing the scheduled Thursday, December 14th Interfaith Vigil in the Unitarian Society Sanctuary.
Instead, in recognition of the 5th Annual National Vigil for Gun Violence on December 14th and along with communities across the country, we request that you act in solidarity with the Newtown Alliance National Vigil to honor the 20 children and 6 adults lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary 5 years ago, to the families and lives lost in our own community at the Goleta Post Office and in Isla Vista, and to the 38,000 lives lost in America this year, by lighting a candle on December 14th using words of your faith to remember and honor those who have died in this ongoing public health epidemic of gun violence.
At this time it is also essential we #HonorWithAction those lives lost in our ongoing efforts to #EndGunViolence by calling California Senators Feinstein and Harris to strongly request they oppose H.R. 38, the National Conceal Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (CCR).
Recently passed in the House, this legislation will soon be taken up by the Senate. “ARM ANYONE” H.R. 38, would weaken gun laws and undermine public safety. It would mandate that anyone from any state could carry a loaded concealed weapon in California or across the country. CCR is strongly opposed by the California Sheriffs and California Police Chief’s Associations. Let’s #StopCCR from passing in the Senate. CALL Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841 or Email: email@example.com. CALL Senator Kamala D. Harris (202) 224-3553 Sacramento: 916 448-2787 or Email: https://www.harris.senate.gov/
5th Annual National Vigil
To Honor Victims of Gun Violence
CAGV & Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
HOST AN INTERFAITH VIGIL
THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 2017 • 5:30-6:30 pm
Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara Street
December 14, 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings. Since that tragic day in Newtown, half a million Americans have been killed or injured by guns. This year, 38,000 lives have been lost to gun violence. The Santa Barbara community is joining with the Newtown Alliance in a national vigil to remember and honor the lives lost to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America, and specifically to honor the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Goleta Post Office, Isla Vista, the Han Family, and the 208 victims lost in mass killings this year including the latest 58 in Las Vegas and 26 in Sutherland Springs.
Multiple events will take place across America during December 6th thru 17th, coinciding with a vigil service of mourning and remembrance at Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Wash. DC. Wednesday, December 6th, coordinated by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and multiple gun violence organizations across the nation.
The Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rev. Julia Hamilton and the Unitarian Society are hosting an Interfaith Vigil including Santa Barbara faith leaders of multiple traditions in the sanctuary to honor victims and families of gun violence. Clergy from seven diverse faiths will say prayers in their tradition. Photos and music will embellish the ceremony. A BELL will be tolled as every loss is remembered. The focus is a re-dedication and a renewed call to action to reduce violence in this season during which we often speak about peace. Together, each in our individual lives, we will dedicate ourselves to holding peace in our hearts, and extending outward our spirituality with thought and action. Both a Santa Barbara City Proclamation and a County Resolution dedicated to this Vigil will be read and on view. Write-In postcards – “#HonorWithAction” – will be available for attendees to urge Congress to support gun violence prevention legislation.
All those gathered will be invited to participate in the Coalition Against Gun Violence’s traditional Bell Ceremony “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Any member of the audience who has lost a family member or a friend to gun violence is welcomed and encouraged to come up, say the name of their loved one and toll the bell as we remember all victims of gun violence in respectful silence.
Members of the Santa Barbara faith community will also be memorializing this event in their various congregations during this week. Hundreds of communities across America will participate to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities as we are all affected by gun violence.