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Beating Guns Tour
6:00 PM18:00

Beating Guns Tour

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.

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The Reverend Dr. Andrew Zirschky, Guest Preacher and Speaker
8:30 AM08:30

The Reverend Dr. Andrew Zirschky, Guest Preacher and Speaker

On Sunday, October 7, the Reverend Dr. Andrew Zirschky will preach at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Liturgies on the topic "Where Technology and Faith Collide." 

An intergenerational panel discussion during the Dean's Forum at 9:45 a.m. will be moderated by the Reverend Matthew Lewis. Panelists will field questions on a variety of themes relating to faith and technology in order to offer reflections on the subject from their perspectives across different generations. 

The Reverend Dr. Zirschky will continue the discussion over refreshments beginning at 3 p.m. that afternoon. Children, youth, and adults alike are invited to participate in a full day of insightful and challenging conversations about faith in the digital age. 

The discussion will examine how social and mobile media are changing the ways we relate in fundamental ways. What is the call of the Christian community in a digital society and how do we live at the intersection where technology and our faith collide? 

Andrew Zirschky (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary and serves as academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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