Providence Religious Congregations To Advocate Gun Control on Mothers' Day

May 8, 2018

To honor Mothers’ Day, Providence religious leaders this weekend will urge support for “common sense” gun regulations.

Four city houses of worship will celebrate turn “Guns into Plowshares” weekend with prayer and presentations of decommissioned firearms that will be transformed into garden tools by metal artists working at The Steel Yard in Providence.

The four faith communities participating in this event are First Unitarian Church in Providence; Temple Beth-El; The First Baptist Church in America; and Central Congregational Church.

The inspiration for the weekend comes from the Bible’s book of Isaiah, which states, “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares.”

“It is a symbolic interpretation of a Biblical directive that our faith follows,” said Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman, senior rabbi at Temple Beth-El.

At Central  Congregational, church member Kwaku Annan is looking forward to taking a gun and using his creative skills, including welding, to create a piece of art from the gun.

“We, as a people of faith, have a moral imperative to lead our society towards peace,” said Rev. Liz Lerner, minister at First Unitarian. “Firearms used for war and violence, not shotguns and rifles intended for hunting and sport, need to be banned.”