Religion Unplugged

Faith emerges as a vital part of Uvalde’s story, even as attention focuses on police and guns

By Bobby Ross Jr. | Religion Unplugged

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In the 10 days since a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, questions about the incompetent police response have dominated the headlines.

So, too, has the political debate over gun violence, specifically the assault-style weapons used in Uvalde as well as recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and — just this week — Tulsa, Oklahoma.

And rightly so.

But faith, too, has emerged as a vital part of the story, as we first highlighted last Friday. Once again this week, that is where we start.

Check out this must-read coverage:

A church, a gathering place for generations, becomes a hub for Uvalde’s grief (by Rick Rojas, New York Times)

Funeral after funeral, Uvalde’s only Catholic priest leans on faith (by Teo Armus, Washington Post)

Meet the first minister of gun violence prevention (by Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

In Uvalde, a ministry of listening and silence (by Addie Michaelian, World)

‘This is wailing, weeping, heartfelt grief. This is what this town is feeling’ (by Audrey Jackson, Christian Chronicle)

The arrow in America’s heart (by Elizabeth Dias, New York Times)

A former pastor grieves the loss of his great-granddaughter in Uvalde (by John Burnett and Marisa Peñaloza, NPR)

On Texas shooting, Vatican Academy for Life says just laws ‘protect all citizens’ (by Elise Ann Allen, Crux)

Denominations have begun creating special prayers for fatal mass shootings (by Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post)

A quick note: That last story — the one about special prayers — actually was published last year, but it still seems relevant.

Read the full column.

This column appears in the online magazine Religion Unplugged.

Featured photo by Audrey Jackson

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