|Rev. Lucas and the "plowshare"|
While on the Internet, Rev. Lucas came across a fund raiser being sponsored by a student sports team to raise money for a trip to a tournament. The prize being raffled off was an AR-15 rifle! Rev. Lucas called the team sponsor and offered to fully fund their trip if they would shut down the raffle. He was told that once a raffle has been initiated it cannot be halted. SO.... Rev. Lucas bought $3,000 worth of tickets and guess what? He won the raffle! He then found a company that would melt down the rifle and convert it into a gardening Tool...which he proudly held high for all of us at the vigil to see. Rev. Lucas then presented the "plowshare" to Ms. Po Murray, the Chairwoman, Newtown Action Alliance & The Newtown Foundation. What a moment! What a roar of clapping!
The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church Resolution #3428 "Our Call to End Gun Violence" cites Micah 4:1-4. I challenge our congregations to offer ideas for ways to recover swords and beat them into plowshares. If Rev. Lucas can do this, so can Metropolitan Church!
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