Gun Sense Ministry Team
The purpose of this ministry is to empower Unity Church and its membership to be active citizens in this process of dialogue and creation of policy.
Each ministry team at Unity Church is required to partner with an organization outside of the church. Unity's Gun Sense Ministry Team partners with Protect Minnesota, the only independent state-focused organization working for reasonable gun safety policy solutions in Minnesota. We urge all of you to look at their website and to join the organization. We think that it is positive, focused and reliable.
If you would like to learn more about the work of this team, please contact Sandy Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jo Lucas at email@example.com.
Faith Is Stronger than Fear
Overcoming gun violence through inspiration, education and action
Sunday, January 26 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Bet Shalom Synagogue • Minnetonka, MN
This free event will motivate, educate and activate people of faith to work together to pass sensible gun laws in Minnesota. It will include an interfaith service and activist training. Details and registration at https://protectmn.org/event/faith-is-stronger-than-fear.
Gun Violence Breaks Hearts • Wellspring Wednesday, February 12 • 7:15 p.m.
On Broken Hearts Day, February 27, 2020, thousands of broken heart cards will be delivered to legislators at the State Capitol, each containing the story of a Minnesotan who lost their life to gun violence, in an effort to encourage reasonable gun safety legislation. Join the Gun Sense Ministry Team to help craft some of these "Broken Heart" cards. We'll provide all the materials, and would appreciate your hands of support!
February 2020 Gun Sense Ministry Team Update
How to Lobby for Gun Sense
To lobby = to seek to influence a politician or public official on an issue.
What to Wear
Dress in your normal clothes and wear comfortable shoes. You can expect that your senator or representative will be in professional attire but there is not a dress code for constituents.
How to Prepare
Write up what you plan to say and bring it with you. Feel free to read it. Leave a copy of it with your senator or representative.
Lobbying can be in person, in the office of the legislator, sent by email, or left on voicemail. In person meetings are considered the most powerful, but anything helps your voice to be heard.
These politicians are just people... hired by you, the public. Keep that in mind. But, part of their professional skill set is to be a talker, so we suggest that you take the lead. You are there to make your voice heard and your thoughts understood. Try this: “Thank you for meeting with me (us),” and then launch right into your written paragraph.
The two bills that we hope to have passed this session are:
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