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Columbine After 20 Years - Columbine Remember and Renew Activities

April 8, 2019

Dear Friends,

April 20 marks the 20th anniversary of the Columbine mass shooting that stole the lives of 12 students and a teacher.  Because this date coincides with Passover and Easter, Columbine Remember and Renew activities, sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, have been scheduled for the following weekend (April 26 - 28).  Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (B’nai Havurah is a member) has been participating in this planning effort as a co-sponsor.

A wide range of events is scheduled for the April 26 - 28 weekend.  The members of Havurah B’kavod Jose Diaz encourage you to attend as many of these as possible, especially the Interfaith Service at St. Andrew Methodist on Sunday, April 28 4:00-600 pm, 9203 S. University Blvd. Highlands Ranch.

Along with honoring lives taken by gun violence and deepening our understanding of the gun violence prevention issue, these activities provide a special opportunity to connect with other faith traditions that share our values about building communities of peace, free from gun violence.


Remember Lives Needlessly Taken
Renew Commitment for Gun Violence Prevention


Friday, April 26, 1:00-3:00pm

Lecture/Panel -  Iliff School of Theology, 2323 E. Iliff, Denver                                                                  
African American perspective on violence in the culture with audience dialogue. Panelists include The Rev. Kym Lucas, Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, The Rev. Jasper Peters, pastor of Belong Church, The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Leath, Asst. Prof. of Religion and Social Justice and A.M.E. pastor
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Networking Luncheon - St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial                                    
Over 12 organizations involved in national and local efforts to address gun violence prevention will present mission and opportunities for participation. Catered lunch provided with RSVP required through co-sponsoring organizations or to
Saturday, April 27, 1:00-3:30 pm

Educational and Policy Workshops -  St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial
Topics include History of Gun Violence and Gun Laws in Colorado, Organizing the Faith Community around Gun Violence Prevention, Public Health Implications of Gun Violence, Keeping Kids Safe from Guns, Gun Violence Contributing to Suicide and Domestic Violence, and Communicating with Others on Gun Violence Prevention.  CFCU will be presenting two of these workshops.
Saturday, April 27, 4:00-5:30 pm

Vigil at the Columbine Memorial, Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton
During the Vigil, narrators will lead participants in remembrance of the students and teacher memorialized through readings and responses.  Opportunity for quiet reflection and hear readings of hope and inspiration will mark the time of vigil. 
Saturday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 pm 

Meal and Reflection - Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, 6724 S. Webster, Littleton (Columbine Unitarian Universalist is a CFCU member)                            
A simple meal will be provided by members of the church during which vigil participants will be invited to reflect on the impact of the vigil, the events of the day and group sharing around hope for a more peaceful future.  Music and facilitation will be offered for participants.
Sunday, April 28, 10:00-11:30 am                                                                            Morning Worship Service - St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial
Morning worship service to include speaker, the Rev. Don Marxhausen, Lutheran pastor who presided over one of the funerals of a Columbine student and his personal story as a result.
Sunday, April 28, 4:00-5:30 pm

Interfaith Service - St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd, Highlands Ranch
A Service of Remembrance and Renewal to offer personal stories from those impacted by gun violence, grounding the faith response to gun violence within the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, and inspiring participants with hope and renewal through music and worship. This is what CFCU is all about! 

Please call or email me if you have any questions. On behalf of Havurah B’kavod Jose Diaz and CFCU, I hope you will join us.


Alana Smart

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Who is Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU)?
We are members of diverse faith communities committed to building consensus and support in our communities for steps that will turn our collective grief into shared hope. Together, let us join in the efforts to build communities of peace. The purpose of this community of faith organizations is to help end the deaths and injuries in Colorado caused by the use of firearms.

CFCU is a Positioning B'nai organization.

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