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         We believe the basis of the ministry of Jesus was one of offering mercy to all. We are not afraid to apply that belief to situations we confront in today's world. 

      We believe that Jesus was not hesitant to challenge individuals in power or to shake up the generally accepted worldview. By bringing to light new understandings of God's love for the Creation, we believe that Jesus expects his followers to question the church and the world in which they live. 

     By its very nature, the church should attract and be open to those who are victims. Growing in faith brings us ever closer to an understanding of who Christ is and who we are to be.  

     Our motto is "First Grace; Then Faith and Works." We believe God's love is so extreme, it is that Grace which enables us to respond with faith and works.  

     We invite you to come and celebrate this loving relationship with us!  We meet for Sunday morning worship services at the Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center at 10:45 am.  

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As President Obama declared, 

"Yes, we can." 

May we continue to work to attain reasonable gun legislation in 2024 and bring this epidemic to an end. 

We cannot become numb to these facts.  
As of February 26, 2024, in the USA,  there have been:

  • 59 mass shootings (4 or more killed not counting shooter)

  • 134 school shootings, 10 children murdered, 16 children injured

  • 40 children, birth to eleven years, have died due to gun violence

  • 180 children, twelve to seventeen years, have died due to gun violence

  • 2,421 total deaths, 4,238 total injuries due to gun violence.  In 2023, the year's death total was 18,854.                                                                                                                                                                                         gunviolencearchive.com

Last year, 2023, we experienced an overall decrease in deaths and injuries due to gun violence compared to 2022.  Some cities are seeing 20%+ decreases.

We can do this.

WHO IS THE NRA BANKROLLING? (2023)

Senators who have most benefited.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky---$1,283,515---770 average gun deaths per year in KY

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky---$104,456---770 average gun deaths per year in KY

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin---$1,269,486---641 average gun deaths per year in WI

Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee---$1,306,130---1,273 average gun deaths per year in TN

Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee---$10,550--- 1,273 average gun deaths in TN

Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri---$1,391,548---1,288 average gun deaths per year in MO

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas---$34,718---434 average gun deaths per year in KS

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania---$1,475,448---1,626 average gun deaths per year in PA

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas---$1,971,214---596 average gun deaths per year in AR

Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas---$82,352---596 average gun deaths per year in AR

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana---$2,870,547---1,036 average gun deaths per year in LA

Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana---$215,788---1,036 average gun deaths per year in LA

Sen. Todd Young of Indiana---$2,897,582---1,021 average gun deaths per year in IN

Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana---$1,2249,967---1,021 average gun deaths per year in IN

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa---$3,129,723---302 average gun deaths per year in IA

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa---$226,007---302 average gun deaths per year in IA

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida---$3,303,355---2,449 average gun deaths per year in FL

Sen. Tom Tillis of North Carolina---$4,429,333---1,470 average gun deaths per year in NC

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina---$6,987,380---1,470 average gun deaths per year in NC

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina---$18,513---964 average gun deaths in SC

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri---$4,555,722---1,288 average gun deaths per year in MO

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah---$13,647,676; 400 average gun deaths per year in Utah

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota---$638,942---112 average gun deaths per year in SD

Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota---$100,549---112 average gun deaths per year in SD

Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota---$23,050---238 average gun deaths per year in ND

Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota---$13,255---238 average gun deaths in ND

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia---$346,688---330 average gun deaths per year in WV

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas---$$176,274---3,647 average gun deaths per year in TX

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas---$78,945---3,647 average gun deaths per year in TX

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska---$146,262---173 average gun deaths per year in AK

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana---$133,611---214 average gun deaths per year in MT

Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia---$131,571---1,693 average gun deaths per year in GA

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi---$112,047---686 average gun deaths per year in MS

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi---$106,680---686 average gun deaths per year in MS

Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska---$19,638---183 average gun deaths per year in NE

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma---$74,708---735 average gun deaths per year in OK

Sen. John Lankford of Oklahoma---$18,955---735 average gun deaths per year in OK

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina---$66,420---964 average gun deaths per year in SC

Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho---$55,039---278 average gun deaths per year in ID

Sen. Jim Rich of Idaho---$22,013---278 average gun deaths per year in ID

Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming---$26,989---125 average gun deaths per year in WY

Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming---$2,500---125 average gun deaths in WY

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine---$19,850---154 average gun deaths per year in ME

Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas---$5,950---434 average gun deaths in KS

Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama---$4,950---1,090 average gun deaths in AL

                                                                                                             https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators

     

     Ohio Senator J. D. Vance has received $4,950 from the NRA as of June, 2022, filing with the Federal Election Commission.  "Vance has a 'Protect Second Amendment Rights' section on his campaign issues page in which he vows: 'I will fight the gun grabbers, whether they're federal bureaucrats enacting regulation or multinational companies punishing people for exercising their rights. ...'."

                                                                                                                                                                                                The American Independent, February, 2022

"Don't worry about the future--
worry quenches the work of grace within you."
                                                                                             Bishop Francis Fenelon. 17th Century

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