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Columbia, SC Participates in “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence”

A CONCERT FOR REMEMBRANCE OF GUN HOMICIDE VICTIMS Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Main Street United Methodist Church

1830 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201


Sponsored by Faith Coalition on Gun Violence


The Faith Coalition on Gun Violence in Columbia, SC is participating in a national Concert Across America to End Gun Violence scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2016.  The Columbia, SC event will be one of several concerts held across the U.S., each connected via social media and online at    This concert is also supported by Faiths United (, a coalition of faith communities dedicated to reducing gun violence in our communities.  Major partners are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, American Baptist Churches of the South, the American Friends Service Committee, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society, and many others.

The concert Sunday at Main Street United Methodist Church, will begin with a performance of Meira Warshauer's In Memoriam, offered by Kalim Campos, a USC student cellist.

In addition to attending local concerts, congregations are encouraged to observe the occasion by including hymns of peace during services on Sunday, September 25, 2016 and including messages of peace on Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend, December 14-18, 2016.

The Concert Across America will take place on Sept. 25, the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for murder victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016.  Boston was the first city to announce, spearheaded by Stop Handgun Violence

For more information about the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, visit