Courageous conversations on GVP
Our newest project is a series of digital conversations with Gun Violence Prevention activists in our community and around the nation. These discussions, about 30 min. in length, are presented on Zoom and Face Book Live with recordings posted here.
A Conversation with Rev. Deanna Hollas
Gun Violence Prevention Ministry Coordinator
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Rev. Hollas talks with us about her work with communities of faith and with other gun violence prevention activists across the nation.
This interview was recorded just after the tragic Atlanta mass murder of 8 persons and just prior to the terrible Boulder mass murder of 10 persons.
This Courageous Conversation may be viewed HERE.
A God Before Guns Virtual Vigil to Remember and Commemorate Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence
Since its formation in 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, God Before Guns has held an annual December vigil to mark America's terrible annual toll of gun violence. In December 2020, we produced and shared this digital vigil incorporating the voices of a diverse group of gun violence prevention activists, a candlelighting ceremony, and inspirational music.
Special thanks to Board Member Noah Budin for his performance and direction of the video.
The Stronger Together Video may be viewed HERE.
"Quiet No More" with Rev. Sharon Risher, Saturday, Sept. 19
Rev. Risher, a speaker featured by God Before Guns in fall, 2019, returned via Zoom for an interview with Rev. Heidi L. Barham. Sharon is a gun violence survivor who lost friends and family in the Mother Immanuel Church shooting in 2015 in Charleston, SC. She is a nationally recognized speaker on gun violence and is the subject of a new documentary by The New Yorker entitled "Quiet No More"
(27 min., use this LINK to go to the documentary).
The Courageous Conversation may be viewed HERE.
"Activism to Invention," Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Lori O'Neill, Co-Founder of Alternative Defense Strategies LLC spoke with Mimi Plevin-Foust about how she became a gun violence prevention activist in NE Ohio. Lori and Mimi discuss God Before Guns' "Gun Safety Cards'', a project on which they collaborated. She also described her business that has designed and sells non-lethal alternatives for defense.
The video may be viewed at this link.
"Living With Senselesss Loss," Saturday, August 1, 2020
Our conversation with Vita Davis, a 2020 graduate of Valley Forge High School in Parma, was facilitated by Cynthia Lehman, a member of the God Before Guns Board of Directors. Vita was named a top-ten finalist in the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage “Stop the Hate” national essay contest. Her essay explores the challenges of losing her beloved brother to gun violence. Her essay may be accessed here.
"Why We Wear Orange," Saturday, June 6, 2020
Our first Courageous Conversation took place on Wear Orange Weekend as God Before Guns Exec. Dir. Rev. Kristine Eggert spoke with Rev. Rosalind Hughes, Pastor and Rector of Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, OH. Rev. Hughes began an "orange stole" ministry that has provided more than 100 stoles to priests and deacons around the nation. She is also working on a curriculum to further the GVP conversation within churches and their communities.