SING FOR PEACE ON SEPTEMBER 25
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic with The Concert Across America, a series of live music events of all sizes from coast to coast. We are encouraging places of worship across the country to hold their own music event, be it humble or humongous, to raise the volume on the national effort to save lives from gun violence.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Can music really make a difference? We believe it can. It is one of only two universal languages that can transcend barriers and boundaries. Music is central to how we offer worship, praise, teach scripture, and promote peace and love.
Imagine the impact of hundreds of thousands of people across the nation raising their voices in song for one day, one purpose. As we TOGETHER raise our voices, we raise awareness among our congregations, our family and friends, about the importance of preventing gun violence. At the local and national level, together we send a powerful message, collectively raising awareness across the country.
The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence isn’t just one big concert in one city. Through live online coverage of the national concert and through hundreds of concerts in villages, towns and cities across the country, we can reach millions of people on one day. All to raise awareness and save lives from completely preventable gun violence.
Raise your hand and pledge your congregation’s participation.
PLAN YOUR CONCERT
Gather your team and plan a concert, large or small, that inspires you and will inspire others.
FILL THE PEWS
Promote your event to bring like-minded congregants and community members together.
ADD YOUR CONCERT
CONCERT IDEAS FOR SEPTEMBER 25
SING FOR PEACE
Have a choir? Integrate a peace-themed choral performance into your already planned service.
SING WITH OTHERS
Build bridges with secular and faith-based community organizations and hold a “unity” concert.
Host Watch Party
Gather congregants and allies and stream the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence for all to enjoy.
WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA?
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Who's behind this?
The team behind The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is the same team that coordinated the highly visible Million Moms March in 2000. This means that there’s some strong talent working to help this reach maximum visibility. Some of the key participating organizations:
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
Coalition Against Gun Violence
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
National Association of Social Workers
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Rabbis Against Gun Violence
Sandy Hook Promise
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Stop Handgun Violence
Women Against Gun Violence
RESOURCES FOR YOUR CONCERT
BULLETINS, FLYERS & SOCIAL GRAPHICS
Bulletin – Text
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic as part of The Concert Across America, a series of live music events of all sizes from coast to coast. Places of worship across the country will be singing for peace to raise the volume on the national effort to save lives from gun violence. Please join us on Sunday, September 25th, to be a part of this national event. Learn more at http://concert.faithsunited.org.
SONGS OF PEACE & INSPIRATION
TO PLAY OR SING
Singing for Our Lives
All who love and serve your city (1982 Hymnal 570, 571)
Hope of the world (1982 Hymnal 472)
Lord, make us servants of your peace (1982 hymnal 593)
Dona nobis pacem (1982 hymnal 712)
Peace before us (WLP 791)
Hope is our song (Shirley Erena Murray, www.hopepublishing.org)
We pray for youth we dearly love (www.carolynwinfreygillette.com)