On Friday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Cathedral will welcome Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin as part of their 38-city Beating Guns Tour. During the event, Mike, a Mennonite pastor turned blacksmith, will turn a gun into a garden tool on a forge set up in the parking lot, in a demonstration of the words of the prophet Isaiah: “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares.” (Isaiah 2:4)
The evening will include music and a discussion of the spiritual dynamics of a culture of fear and violence. Attendees will have an opportunity to write the hostilities of their hearts on pieces of paper and then burn them in the forge. Shane will present ideas for ways to address the epidemic of gun violence in America and will eventually be joined by Mike, who will present the tool he has made and give it away. The evening will conclude with a “benediction” in which Shane and Mike will send attendees out to live into the prophet Isaiah’s message. Afterward, Shane and Mike will be available to sign copies of their book Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved here.