We did our Module 1 on Saturday afternoons for two Saturdays. We felt like in two sessions we completed the process of discussion, reflection and discussion for integration and action. Our biggest take away was the realization that there are so many layers to each of these issues to unpeel and that there is not an easy answer. Not a set right way or wrong way. However, we came to consensus that it was the consciousness of our American gun culture that needed to be changed and our language needed to be about ‘safety’ not gun rights or gun reform. Our action item was this: We will use our social media platforms to talk about ‘safety’. We feel that if we can begin to re-language this, all sides can speak to and open up ways to come into agreement about how we remain safe. It is a non-threating language – again it changes the perceived ‘divide’. Everything takes a while to shift in consciousness. This was our shift. It will take years to change the gun culture that is so ingrained in the American story.
We will be holding our first Module 2 on Sunday May 26th after service. We will decided if we need one or two discussions. I do not think we need three on each topic.
On another note: David Goldberg came and spoke on a Sunday and then did a two hour workshop with those in our community and many from other centers on the SUM program. It was engaging and opened up the awareness to the importance of this dialog. I, and my congregation, are so glad to have this platform to jump into these sticky issues. Thank all of you at AGNT for all the work in putting these together. It is invaluable.