Today we once again mourn for lives lost in a school shooting in Oregon. Before this it was Clackamas Town Center. We will never forgot the Thurston High School shooting in 1998 and the countless acts of gun violence that have taken the lives of young people, those in domestic violence situations, victims of random crimes and gang activity, and preventable accidents in the years since. Our people mourn while too many of our politicians yield to the power of the NRA over the common good of the people of Oregon, and the United States. We need additional common sense gun controls and additional mental health counseling. Too many people worship guns instead of God. But God calls us to be people of reconciliation and justice. We are told to turn our weapons into plowshares. Each act of gun violence is another opportunity for all of us - politicians and citizens - to demand a better society. There is too much violence in our society. The dead will not forgive us if we do not seek a more just world for our children.
The Rev. Chuck Currie