Social Justice Group to Prevent Gun Violence

In the aftermath of the killing at Sandy Hook elementary school  in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, a group of church members and friends came together to work on the issue of gun violence. Raising awareness of this issue brought about the development of a Statement of Conscience, below, which was approved by the congregation in April 2014.

Statement of Conscience

We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, proclaim the following:

  •  We believe the epidemic of gun violence in our country is unacceptable.
  •  We believe it is the responsibility of concerned citizens to actively advocate for reducing gun violence.
  •  We believe that we must work to support current legislative efforts to address the problem of persons with mental health issues gaining access to guns.

We encourage our congregation to become active in support of legislation, interfaith, and community efforts in support of these principles. 

Our work is ongoing: We recognize that legislative change is the bottom line, and we hope to employ numerous methods to bring that about. However, prior to that happening we must raise awareness and educate our citizenry about the effects of ineffective gun laws. To this end….

  •  We are reaching out to other UU churches and faith communities as well as individuals who have contacted us.
  • We connect with organizations working on this issue, particularly with the Brady Campaign and Women Against Gun Violence.
  • We meet with local, state and federal elected officials to see where we can join forces.
  • Our goals for 2016 include holding another march and rally on the anniversary of Sandy Hook in December
  •  We will be available twice a year at the Studio City Farmers Market to promote our work and educate the public.
  • We will conduct a workshop on how to start a gun violence group at the UUA Pacific Southwest District Assembly in April
  • We will present educational forums.
  • We plan to collaborate with Councilman Krekorian on his forum on violence.

We welcome your interest and encourage you to contact us at info@uustudiocity.org and get involved.

Together we can make a difference!