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All Souls Condemns Gun Violence: A Statement from our Ministry Team

All Souls Unitarian Church condemns all acts of violence and specifically gun violence in our state and nation. In just the last two weeks we, as a religious community, have been wracked with grief, fear, bewilderment, and anger over the mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and now in our hometown of Tulsa. 

We experience these attacks in the context of the 101st memorial of the Tulsa Massacre, as well as a continuing assault on our civil rights, in the form of restrictions on bodily sovereignty, voting access, and LGBTQ citizenship.  The confluence of these events, the continuing effects of COVID, combined with the everyday ups and downs of life, has been unsettling for many of us.

A Place of Healing

At All Souls, we continue to be a place of healing, refuge, resilience and resistance; we honor all people who have been lost, both near and far, to senseless gun violence. We offer encouragement to those of you who are feeling the effects of the seemingly constant barrage of negative and disheartening news. You are not alone; you are seen, valued, and loved.  Please reach out to us at 918-724-TEAM (724-8326), if you are feeling the need to connect.  

We will never stop being here for one another as a church family and as a vital part of our broader Tulsa community. We will never cease in our efforts to shape a more just, caring, compassionate, and safe society.  And we will never be swayed from our commitment to love beyond belief, come what may.

With love beyond belief, The Ministry Team

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