Prayers for Peace Orange Ribbon Project
Prayers for Peace
The orange ribbons on our fence symbolize our prayers that gun violence may end. In light of the all too many tragedies that continue to wound our country, and recognizing that over 500 people per year are murdered in the U.S. in mass shootings, we have dressed the fence in these orange ribbons to underscore our prayer and passion that this madness may end.
In schools, in theaters, in malls, in places of worship, in concert arenas, innocent people unknown to shooters have lost their lives. There is no justification. And we cannot succumb to the idea that this is our new norm. As followers of One called “the Prince of Peace,” we are committed that peace must be the norm, and therefore as individuals, as congregations, as community leaders, and as law-makers, we are challenged to take action to curb gun violence.
Join us in prayers for the victims and their families. Join us in a determination to recognize and intervene with people who need special attention so they will not give in to violent urges. Join us in becoming part of the national voice that asks for reasonable regulations that will insure the public safety. And join us in our belief that God desires for all God’s people a world where anger and violence are overcome by kindness and compassion. These are our prayers.
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
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.