Church hosts event focused on gun smelting and garden tool making

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

There is a Bible passage: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.”

At a church in Springfield on June 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., that verse is taken almost literally.

Gardner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 368 Bay St., will host Swords to Plowshares Northeast, a nonprofit that aims to reduce gun violence by smelting weapons and turning them into community garden tools.

The event, which will showcase the process, is planned as a way to raise awareness about gun violence, according to MassLive.

On its website, Swords to Plowshares says, “The process allows us to find a creative way to turn a death weapon into something inspiring and symbolic, something that symbolizes the transformation we believe is possible if Americans move away from it.” heated gun argue and try to listen to each other.”

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

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