Prayers of Remembrance and Peace

Gun Violence Awareness
Marble Church Puts Names to Numbers

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Marble Collegiate Church unveiled its new ribbon initiative, Prayers of Remembrance and Peace. A few words were spoken from their Senior Minister, Dr. Michael Bos and was followed by guests and officials tying the names of Gun Violence Victims on the church’s fence. On Sunday, October 14, after the 11:00am Worship service, our congregation added green ribbons to the fence to symbolize their prayers for peace and remembrance for the victims. This awareness project will highlight Gun Violence. Adorned on the fence around the 5th Avenue church will be orange ribbons, the defining color of the gun violence awareness movement. Included on these ribbons will be the names and ages of victims from the over fifty deadliest mass shootings since Columbine in 1999.

We invite all to join us at Marble to remember gun violence victims and to demonstrate solidarity in preventing these tragedies in the future.

Every year over 12,000 people are killed by someone else with a gun and of those, over 1,600 are children or teens. This should not be viewed as normal or acceptable. Therefore, we are placing these orange and green ribbons on our fence to remember the victims and symbolize the prayers we continue to offer for the day when the senseless loss of life to gun violence will end. As followers of One called 'the Prince of Peace,' we are committed that peace must be the norm. We must find a way to end gun violence.
– Dr. Michael Bos, Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church

“Our country continues to be unique in the world for the level of gun violence we experience. It is a public health crisis that takes the lives of too many of our fellow Americans, including the youngest children. I commend Marble Collegiate Church for bringing attention to this needless epidemic, and I share their prayers for the concrete actions needed at all levels of government to truly honor the victims and bring peace.”
– State Senator Liz Krueger

“I applaud the Marble Collegiate Church for honoring the many victims of gun violence and their willingness to draw attention to such an important issue. We must never forget those who have lost their lives due to this epidemic. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year in gun-related deaths and this issue cannot be ignored. I will continue to fight in Congress to prevent further tragedies and advocate for reform, because sensible gun safety legislation is vital to our nation’s future. No one should fear losing their child, partner, friend, loved one, at the hand of a gun.”
– Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

“For far too long, the epidemic of gun violence has ripped families and communities apart. Too many lives have been senselessly cut short. As a society, we must work together to put an end to this plague. I thank the Marble Collegiate Church for its Prayers for Remembrance and Peace project as we honor the tragic victims of gun violence.”
– City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

"Congress MUST do more to stop gun violence. We must do all that we can to prevent gun violence from occurring. After so many tragedies from Parkland to Sandy Hook, It is time to take decisive action to stop gun violence in our communities. We are faced with a simple choice, do we stand with the victims of gun violence and people all across the United States, who demand action, or are we standing with the NRA. We must change our approach to gun violence and adopt meaningful legislation that strengthens our gun laws instead of weakening them. We must pass the assault weapons ban, enact meaningful background checks on every gun purchase, ban high capacity magazines and ban bump stocks to name a few.”
– Rep. Jerrold Nadler

“Gun violence, especially in schools, is something we have been dealing with for far too long. Young people across the nation have recreated a movement to stand against it, and as a Council Member, I will continue to support and push common-sense gun legislation forward in New York City. I am glad the Marble Collegiate Church is raising continued, needed awareness on this issue, by means of reaching a solution.”
– City Council Member Keith Powers

"I have gone to too many funerals, comforted too many families, hugged too many mothers, watched too many tears roll down the cheeks of families whose loved ones have been killed by guns. Initiatives like Marble Collegiate Church's Prayers of Remembrance and Peace are essential to honoring the lives that we have lost to gun violence, while committing to a nonviolent future. No more men, women, and children should have to die before we as a country collectively recognize that gun violence is a real issue that must be seriously addressed."
– Public Advocate Letitia James

“America is facing an epidemic of gun violence that takes tens of thousands of lives every year, many of whom are young people. Behind these numbers are countless people and families impacted by this senseless loss of life and today’s placing of ribbons honors them. We cannot accept these tragedies as the norm – we must do everything we can to reverse the tide of gun violence that has swept our nation. Thank you to Marble Collegiate Church for continuing its tireless work to make our world a more peaceful place.”
– New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

“Gun violence is a scourge on our communities and one of our biggest public health challenges. As we commemorate the victims of mass shootings through the Prayers of Remembrance and Peace initiative, we owe it to them to do everything possible to fight against gun violence.”
– Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried

Why the Color Orange?

The association of the color orange with the anti-gun violence movement originated among the friends and family of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton — who was killed by random gunshots on the Southside of Chicago. Hadiya’s death became a national tragedy because it occurred just one week after she was a majorette at Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. Orange is the color worn by hunters in the woods in order to notify others there is a human life present; therefore, orange is used to demonstrate that gun violence is a human rights and public safety issue.

Lord…
Make me an instrument
of your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me bring love;
where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is sadness, joy; where there is darkness, light.

- Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi