Church to host event to melt down guns and create gardening tools


“Let our hearts be forged for a vision of peace.”

There is a passage from the Bible: “They will turn their swords into plowshares and their spears into billhooks.

At a church in Springfield on June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this verse will be taken almost literally.

Gardner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 368 Bay St., will host Swords to Plowshares Northeast, a nonprofit aimed at reducing gun violence by melting down guns and turning them into tools for community gardens.

The event, which will demonstrate the process, is planned as a way to draw attention to gun violence, according to MassLive.

On its website, Swords to Plowshares states: “The process allows us to find a creative way to create something inspiring and symbolic out of a weapon of death, something that will symbolize the transformation we believe is possible if the Americans withdraw from the heated gun. debate and try to listen to each other.

Promoting the event on Facebook, the Massachusetts Council of Churches said, “Let our hearts be forged for a vision of peace.”

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