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Protect Minnesota:  Gun Violence and What We Can Do About It

Gun violence is a pervasive negative influence in America today, stealing lives, devastating families, oppressing communities, and costing Minnesota over $2 billion every year.  People of faith recognize that every life is precious to God, but often hesitate to engage in an issue that seems so controversial and intractable. This presentation will focus on gun violence as an array of inter-related public health problems that can be solved—and explain how people of faith can be an important part of the solution. Special attention will be given to Roman Catholic teaching on the subject of gun violence and the mission of Protect Minnesota’s Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety.

Rev. Nancy Nord Bence is an ordained Lutheran pastor who felt called to join the gun reform movement in 2016 after providing pastoral care for six families struggling with the aftermath of shooting deaths. She now serves as Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota. Protect Minnesota promotes a culture of health and safety for all Minnesotans by preventing gun violence through research, legislation, education, and community investment. They view gun violence as a public health problem with public health solutions.

About Second Sunday Speakers:
Between October and April, St. Edward hosts guest speakers on the second Sunday of each month. Presentations include a variety of relevant topics and begin after the 10:30am Mass. They vary in length, but go no later than 1:00pm. Light refreshments are provided.