Diocesan youth and young adults who took part in one of the many March for Our Lives on March 24 or witnesses at schools during the month of March and are concerned about gun violence are invited to join Bishop Beckwith for dinner on Friday, April 27, 6 PM at Christ Church, Short Hills. This is an honoring of their witness and action and an invitation for THEM to continue the momentum.
Here is the personal invitation from Bishop Beckwith:
To the youth of the diocese:
I am writing to invite you to a dinner meeting on Friday, April 27 to join with me and your fellow youth participants in the recent local and national expressions of concern regarding gun safety. The youth of America are standing up and making their voices heard and YOU were in the vanguard! The question is: how do we keep the momentum going?
I am inviting you to dinner and conversation about keeping the spirit of the various walk-outs and Marches alive. June 3rd has been designated as a Sunday to highlight in our churches these concerns and I am calling this meeting to work with you to develop ideas to inspire many youth and clergy in our diocese to speak out on this day – and beyond. Thanks to the Engaging Team of Diocesan Council, we have gathered some appropriate readings and prayers to send out but it seems to me that each of you might continue your active part in this groundswell – maybe you’ll work with your clergy to tell your story of the bus to Washington or your 17 minutes outside your school – and what it meant to you. Maybe we’ll write something together. Maybe you’ll bring something with you to the meeting for consideration – the sky is the limit.
So, on Friday, April 27 at 6 PM, please join me at Christ Church Short Hills – I would like to honor your participation this far and hopefully we can all work together to bring your experiences and your insights into your community.
This cause is very close to my heart as it is to yours. Please let the Rev. Sheelagh Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can attend by Wednesday, April 25 – we need to know how much pizza to order.
Thanks so much and hope to see you there.
Mark M. Beckwith
Bishop of Newark