By Kathy L. Gilbert*
Some of the hardest memories from 2013 are those associated with violence.
Churches, religious and secular organizations remembered the mass murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., on the one-year anniversary of the shooting on Dec. 14.
Two 7-year-olds from Newtown United Methodist Church were among the dead, killed by a 20-year-old shooter.
The National Council of Churches prayer vigil against gun violence Dec. 12 at the Washington National Cathedral, letters to Congress urging further action on gun control and calling for a National Gun Violence Sabbath Weekend March 13-16, 2014 were among many faith responses.