Following the mass shootings in Atlanta on March 16 and in Boulder, Colo., on March 22, Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement on gun violence. “Together with God, we grieve with the families and communities impacted by gun violence—especially in communities where it is an everyday occurrence,” said Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA.

“As we near the Sunday of the Passion, we enter into the suffering of Christ and into solidarity with the sufferings of the world,” the statement continued. “As we look to the healing power of the cross, we celebrate the gift of peace through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, we are empowered to take up the challenge to prevent violence and grapple with the complex causes that make violence so pervasive.”

Read the full statement.

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