This year marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown Foundation has opted to use this horrendous occurrence to spark a national movement; #EndGunViolence. An ever-increasing number of churches, mosques, and synagogues across our nation, between Dec. 6th and Dec. 14th, 2017 are holding services and various different events all with a single goal; ending the epidemic of gun violence that is increasingly plaguing our cities.

Each facility will advocate in their own way, but at Albright UMC in Milwaukee, WI, a "traditional" evening service on Dec. 6 at 7 PM will also include a candle lighting ceremony for local victims of gun violence. The evening's offering will be donated to an organization called the Victims of Milwaukee Violence Fund - a fund that aids the families of those lost to street or domestic violence to pay funeral and burial expenses, as well as any residual medical expenses or legal fees (as Victims of Milwaukee Violence is hosting a Christmas party for some of the families, Albright UMC and New Hope Hmong UMC have decided to collect coats for kids through the service to be given out at that party, too). Tables will be set for resources after the service, and the Milwaukee Police Department has donated gun-trigger locks, which will be available to those attending, no questions asked.