Yardley Friends Meeting Gun Violence Prevention ad hoc Committee was formed in December 2017 as a result of serious concerns regarding the mass shooting in Nevada in October 2017 and the accelerating level of gun violence in the US in general. We have been meeting biweekly ever since.
This Committee first and foremost is founded on the belief that “there is that of God in everyone”. This conviction is the core of the foundational Quaker testimony of Peace and Non-violence.
The focus of the Committee is Threefold:
- To encourage voting in accordance with common sense gun safety and gun control measures by familiarizing Meeting members/attenders with our legislators and candidates and their prospective positions on these matters.
- To familiarize the Meeting Members/Attenders with the numerous organizations which have substantial gun safety initiatives in place.
- To bear witness to the public the enormity of gun violence in our country and inspire others to action, to recognize that we all must play a part in decreasing gun violence in our society.
Here is a list of major Gun Safety advocacy organizations and a description of their focus and the information you can obtain from connecting with them.
Gun Safety Organizations List will be uploaded very soon
The Gun Violence Prevention Committee is hosting a “Memorial to the Lost” which will be on the grounds of our meeting house from September 9th through October. This is a T-Shirt Display honoring the 59 Bucks County residents lost to gun homicides in the past decade.
We are partnering with “Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence” to help us make this memorial a reality.
We invite the public to come anytime during the display to honor the memory of the victims and take literature that will provide information on gun violence in our country.
Memorial to the Lost – Witness Day
Sunday October 7, 2018 – 11:30 AM at Yardley Friends Meeting House, 64 North Main Street, Yardley Pa 19067
Come join us for a simple memorial service honoring the victims of gun homicide featured in our t-shirt memorial. Reading of the names, a prayer service, and a table of awareness information will be followed by fellowship and refreshments.
You are welcome to start your morning by joining us for our Worship service starting at 10 AM.
All are welcome to attend
On Tuesday October 23, 2018 from 7 – 9 PM at Yardley Friends Meeting – All Are Welcome To Attend
Richie Schulz from Lutheran Ministries in Philadelphia will speak on gun violence in America an provide information on how Bucks residents can take action.
Mr. Schulz previously worked at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting which is the larger Quaker Community to which Yardley Friends belong. Currently, he is the community educator at Lutheran Settlement House (LSH), where he trains people on how to support survivors of domestic violence in their professional and personal contexts. At LSH he also organizes the Men Can Campaign, which focuses on engaging men to join the anti-violence movement. He is an organizer with Philly Showing Up for Racial Justice as well, where he trains white folks to show up more effectively and accountably in multiracial political movements.