U.S. history professor at Bethel University John H. Haas suggests that Juneteenth is a time for Americans to reflect on how "how hard America has found it to live up to its own ideals" while pondering why America is the only nation that required a war, the bloodiest war in its history, to repeal slavery.
With Juneteenth becoming a national holiday in 2021 author Jemar Tisby suggests that white people should lean towards commemorating the holiday instead of a full on celebration as a celebration could erase the "suffering and brutality of slavery." Tisby provides several suggestions, including education and supporting Black churches and organizations, on how to commemorate the holiday.
Using the celebrations and festivals littered throughout the Bible as examples in addition to the wisdom from Psalm 78 and 106 author Erin Phillips encourages Christians to commemorate Juneteenth by the holiday in four ways - celebrating to learn, celebrating to teach the next generation, celebrating to mourn, and celebrating for reconciliation.
A must listen to, sobering 24-minutes where kids from kindergarten to high school give their thoughts on school lockdown drills.
Practical. Easy to learn. Easy to implement. The S.I.F.T. method, developed by Washington State professor Mike Caulfield, is a must learn methodology when engaging with and sharing media online.
Despite the statistics being almost a decade old, this practical, informative 15-page preventative gun violence guide created by the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office in 2010 features how to advocate for public policies to prevent gun violence, Christian views on violence and self-defense, and how to write to your government officials to lobby for change.
A collection of websites collecting gun violence statistics in the United States of America.
Following the San Bernardino shooting in December of 2015 pastor Drew Tucker penned this heartfelt post in which he acknowledges that, within the gun debate, it is a heart problem. A heart problem that we continue to harden our hearts and not make any meaningful change no matter the cost.
No sugar coating or platitudes here as Army veteran Anastasia Bernoulli passionately lays out why civilians don't need to own military grade rifles. A word of warning that this article contains some swearing.
In an excerpt from her book When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough (which we highly recommend) Taylor Schumann writes about the callous comments many Christians made when she started to talk about gun reform and ultimately asks if some Christians are trying to serve two masters.