Faith & Firearms Panel
Following worship on Sunday, Oct. 1, Wilshire will host a panel discussion in Community Hall on the growing gun violence crisis in our state and nation. Panelists will discuss its causes, effects and how we as a faith community can best advocate for gun safety. Speakers will include:
Miriam Sharma, RN, is a former Parkland ER nurse and Dallas co-lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, with a primary focus on the non-partisan education initiative BeSMARTforkids.org, which focuses on secure gun storage.
Shari Elliott is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma therapy. She serves on the board of directors for the North Texas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She lost her 15-year-old son to suicide in 2013.
The Rev. Deanna Hollas is Gun Violence Prevention Ministry Coordinator with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, a founding member of the Everytown for Gun Safety Interfaith Advisory Council and cofounder of Retreat House Spirituality Center. Hollas empowers and equips individuals and congregations to embody Jesus’ call to love God and love neighbor by being informed and active in the prevention of gun violence. She holds a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Lunch will be available for $10 while supplies last. Priority will be given to those who registered and paid for lunch in advance. Advance lunch purchase is no longer available. You can still register through Saturday to help us know how many to expect.