5 Ways to Continue the Conversation

You saw The Armor of Light—now what? Check out these easy ways to bring the Christian conversation on gun violence to your home community.

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Talk to your friends and family about your experience with the film.
Why did you find it compelling? What new questions did it raise?

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Meet with your pastor.
Would he prayerfully consider addressing this issue from the pulpit? Ask him if this conversation is happening anywhere at your church. If so, how can you get involved?

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Start a Bible study at your church
Use Sword of the Spirit’s small group study, available at SwordOfTheSpiritMinistry.org, and search the Scriptures for guidance.

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Host a screening in your home or church.
Request a copy of The Armor of Light and materials to help plan and promote your event.

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Write an op-ed for your local or school newspaper.
Your peers are affected by gun violence too. See “How To Write an Op-Ed” for helpful tips.

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Conversation Tips

Gun violence is a sensitive subject that can elicit strong emotions. Here are suggestions on how to engage in a respectful, productive dialogue on the topic.

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Listen.
Be slow to anger. Stay calm and truly consider what the other person has to say before responding.

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Ask questions.
Why do they feel so strongly about this topic? Try to understand and meet them where they are.

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Acknowledge their stories and emotions.
If someone shares their story with you, validate their experience. This helps create mutual respect and understanding.

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Do not let kindness and truth leave you.
You are discussing this subject because you believe that directing the collective Christian compassion toward this issue would lead to a better world. Do not withhold compassion from other people in pursuit of that.



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