Historic church to host District Attorney Seth Williams, Mother Dorothy Johnson-Speight, and Inquirer Columnist Annette John-Hall. Families of gun violence victims are invited to attend with an 8x10 picture of their loved one for a special memorial.
One week after a good samaritan is gunned down during a robbery inside a South Philadelphia grocery store, Mother Bethel AME Church is taking steps to end gun violence in our city and across the country. Mother Bethel, located at 419 South 6th Street in Society Hill, is joining more than 100 congregations nationwide this week in marking “Gun Violence Prevention Sunday.” At Mother Bethel this Sunday January 27, 2013, during the 11am worship service, there will be a special memorial for victims of gun violence . Church and community members who have lost loved ones to gun violence are invited to attend, and bring an 8x10 photograph of that person for a special prayer for healing. Then at 1pm, immediately following the 11am worship service, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will speak along with Dorothy Johnson-Speight from Mother’s In Charge (www.mothersincharge.org) . The discussion will be moderated by Annette John-Hall, Metro Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. This event is free and open to the public. All who attend will learn about the problems of gun violence in our community and what can be done to stop it. Those in attendance who have lost loved ones to gun violence will have the opportunity to remember those victims and consider what response God calls us to do as people of faith.