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Long-planned sermons on gun violence take on new urgency

June 18, 2016

To combat the relentless violence, injuries, and trauma affecting locally families and neighborhoods, a group of Christian organizations teamed up with the Allegheny County Health Department to ask pastors to address gun violence prevention during their Sunday sermons.

Then the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, last Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that claimed 49 lives, only added to the urgency.

“To find that message to be much more topical than we wanted it to be is heartbreaking,” said the Rev. Liddy Barlow, executive minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, a coalition of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches.

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