General Prayer for Peace
Invocation of Peace
Prayer of Lovingkindness
May Peace Harmonious
Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity
We Pray for Peace
Dedication for a Meaningful Life
Dedication from "Guide to a Bodhisattvas Way of Life“
courtesy of Venerable Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey
courtesy of Roshi Joan Halifax
Faith Leaders, This is Your Chance! (Venerable Thubten Chodron, 2013)
Gun Violence: It's Time For Us to Speak Out (Venerable Losang Samten, 2013)
Handling Emotions In Response To Mass Shootings (Venerable Thubten Chodron, 2013)
Gathering & Education
Hold a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath gathering, invite reporters to attend, and provide gun violence prevention information/activities to congregants.
Shoes we can never fill
Provide the visual of empty shoes or clothes on a clothesline outside place of worship and invite media to vigil. See examples of the powerful imagery of shoes here.
Points of Light
Light thousands of tealight candles depicting the number of people who have been lost to gun violence since Newtown or light candles representing the number of local gun violence victims. (A helpful but less than accurate calculator showing how many gun deaths since Newtown is available here.)
Vigil & Vocals
Hold a vigil or worship service with choir outside member of Congress's office. While choir is singing, have names of gun violence victims read. Intersperse lines of psalms with names of gun violence victims.
Fasting for Action
A communal fast – have a continuous 2,000 hour fast (12 weeks) where people commit to fasting for one day outside elected officials’ office for gun violence victims.
Acts of Kindness
Perform a specific number of acts of kindness to honor the number lost to gun violence in your community since Newtown.