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Response to Public Violence


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TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

In the United States more than 30,000 people are killed every year by gun violence; many more are wounded. The disaster caused by gun violence is seen in almost every community. We may hear briefly about the victims and survivors of these shootings, but what happens after the media attention moves on and the wider public becomes numb to "just another shooting"?

The Trigger documentary frames gun violence as a “disaster” and “public health” issue.  It examines how one shooting impacts individuals, families and communities and gives voice to the questions and insights that arise.  In the documentary, all those scarred by gun violence arrived at the question, "Why did this happen to us?” After looking at these in depth experiences of gun violence, Trigger turns its attention to the bigger question, "What can we do to prevent gun violence?” 

Visit the Trigger Documentary web site

This video was produced in part as a response to the 219th General Assembly (2010) resolution “Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.”  A congregational toolkit on gun violence that includes various resources, including the resource “Heeding God’s Call,” is available for download from the Presbyterian Peacemaking website.

Tapestry: Reweaving the Fabric of Community after Public Violence 

The Tapestry film looks at the effects of public violence events in congregations and the communities of which they are a part. It is framed through the lens of PDA National Response Team members who have responded to public violence events and support those communities of faith and their leaders as they walk through the valley of the shadow of trauma and its aftermath and begin the process of healing. 28 minutes. Also download the companion Tapestry study guide.


Trigger DVD:  order online or by calling PDS at (800) 524-2612.  Request PDS# 25412-12-006, $19.99.

Trigger Study and Action Guide, produced by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program: order online or by calling PDS at (800) 524-2612.  Request PDS# 24358-13-003, $5.00.

Bulletin insert to introduce Trigger
Bulletin insert in grayscale

Tapestry Study Guide

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PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

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