Photo: Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Photo: Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

The training begins with a free, open to the public screening of "The Armor of Light" on Thursday, October 6 at 7PM. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Abigail Disney, Rev. Rob Schenck, and Lucy McBath.



Each God and Guns participant will have an opportunity to attend all four plenaries.


How to Preach and Teach on Gun Violence

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler  |  Read Bio  and Rev. Dr. Lisa L. Thompson |  Read Bio

How does scripture inform our perspectives on gun violence?  How can clergy help their congregations think critically about this issue from the perspective of their faith?  This plenary will provide participants with concrete tools for engaging gun violence from a biblical and theological perspective and provide practical applications for the pulpit and small group settings.


At the Intersection of Race and Gun Violence in America

Rev. Michael McBride  |  Read Bio  and Ben McBride  |  Read Bio

Racial justice and gun violence have risen to the forefront of our national dialogue in recent years.  Often uncomfortable, always complex, too often we seek to avoid the hard conversations necessary for understanding and transformation.  But as people of faith, we are called to do the hard working of building relationships and healing our world


The Nuts and Bolts of Change

Liz Casey and Andrew Karwoski from Everytown For Gun Saftey | Read Bios

What is the role of faith communities in advocating for change?  As faith leaders, where can we get trusted information on non-partisan, consensus-based programs and policies that can stem gun violence?  How can and should congregations engage in the legislative process?  Learn the nuts and bolts of how to bring about cultural shifts in our country.


Taking a Global View

Rev. Alan Storey  |  Read Bio

The epidemic of gun violence in the United States extends far beyond our borders.  From damaging our moral leadership in the world, to fueling violence worldwide and destabilizing global development and missions work with US-made weapons and ammunition, to threatening American national security, our failure to act on gun violence has far-ranging impacts.  Hearing the voices and stories of those who take a global view of gun violence can enlighten/inform our responses to this challenge.


The opening keynote speaker for God and Guns is Lucy McBath, Faith and Outreach Leader for Everytown for Gun Safety.  Lucy is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a Jacksonville, FL gas station in 2012 during an argument over loud music.  She is profiled along with Rev. Rob Schneck in The Armor of Light, a documentary that explores whether it is possible to be pro-life and pro-gun.


Our closing keynote is Jim Himes. Jim represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fourth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

Jim grew up as the child of a single working mom in a small town. As a member of Congress, Jim works hard to provide all American children the same opportunities he had to succeed: access to a first-rate public school, affordable and effective health care, a decent and safe home, and a supportive community.

Born in Lima, Peru in 1966 to American parents, he spent the early years of his childhood in Peru and Colombia while his father worked for the Ford Foundation and UNICEF. As an American abroad, Jim grew up fluent in both Spanish and English and was raised with an awareness of the unique position of the United States in the world. At the age of ten, Jim moved with his mother and sisters to the United States.

Jim graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and then attended Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate work, Jim earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Oxford University in England where he continued his studies of Latin America, including research in El Salvador.

Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Jim’s team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region, often using new green technologies to achieve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.

Jim’s experience at Enterprise spurred his involvement in politics. Putting his expertise in affordable housing to work, Jim served as a Commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority, ultimately chairing the board and leading it through a much-needed program of reforms. Jim went on to become an elected member of his town's finance board, setting tax and budget policy for Greenwich. Jim has also served as Chair of his local Democratic Town Committee, organizing others in the community to become more active in the political process.

Jim began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12-year career. There he worked extensively in Latin America and headed the bank’s telecommunications technology group.

Jim lives in Greenwich with his wife Mary and two daughters Emma and Linley.