Gun Violence Awareness

Gun violence is a crisis across our country. St. Peter’s is committed to addressing gun violence through education, activism, and helping members access information about effective common sense gun reform possibilities.

For this month, here are some simple ways to get involved:

Wear Orange Weekend – June 3-4
St. Peter’s will join millions of people nationwide in taking a stand against gun violence during Wear Orange weekend. On Saturday, June 3 volunteers will install the Memorial to the Lost, which includes a t-shirt for each person killed by gun violence in Philadelphia the previous year. On Sunday, June 4, we invite you to wear orange to church and we will have orange ribbons for everyone.

Find other local events near you:

Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence
Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence™ seeks to energize the American faith community and actively seek an end to gun violence through public witness and policy advocacy. Learn more about how you can be involved:

Also going on this month:

  • Juneteenth – Monday, June 19. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. There are two major celebrations in Philadelphia: Johnson House Historic Site Juneteenth Festival in Germantown and Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival in West Philly. Intentionally shop and dine at black-owned businesses this month – and then keep doing it year round. Check out this list of 21 Black-Owned Businesses that Do Good.
  • World Refugee Day – Tuesday, June 20: Did you know The Episcopal Church has an office dedicated to refugee ministry? Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees. 
  • Pride Month – Raise a flag, a rainbow flag that is, for Pride Month, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, commemorating the anniversary of the New York City Stonewall riots in 1969. Check out the month-long calendar for events happening in Philadelphia.