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The Peace Maker Tour – Turning a Gun Into a Tool for Life
November 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mike Martin is a Coloradan whose spirit was affected by the Aurora and the Sandy Hook shootings. A youth minister and an Anabaptist, Mike’s faith tradition is steeped in peacemaking. So, Mike decided to take the scripture literally where it tells us to beat swords into plowshares. He launched Raw Tools a movement to turn guns into garden tools. The Peace Maker Tour is a traveling program steeped in the Christian faith during which Mike repurposes a gun into a garden tool while stories, art, songs, and scripture are shared.
The Peace Maker Tour launched at the Justice Conference in 2012. Rather than simply repurposes guns at home in Colorado, Mike wants to start a movement that combines the nonviolence movement with the greening movement. One of the goals of Raw Tools is to build a database filled with stories and photos of gardens, food, flowers, and people in the act of cultivating life using hand tools made of materials that once were used to take life. Rather than tracking a gun after it has been used in a crime, Mike dreams of tracking garden tools as they nurture life.
The Peace Maker Tour has traveled to university campuses, cathedrals, churches, and to Wild Goose. Everywhere it goes, it depends upon local artists whose work is rooted in life, peace, and nonviolence to offer their work during the program. A person whose life has been directly affected by gun violence shares his or her story. A local theologian/pastor shares words about life, creation, nonviolence, and peace. Previous speakers include Shane Claiborne, Christian Piatt, Corey Benjamin. Sharletta Evans, John Dear, and Jennifer Bailey. The assembly sings songs of the faith and hears sacred scripture recited. And, while all of this is happening, Mike is outside dismantling a gun and turning in to a garden tool.
The Well presents the Peace Maker Tour in Seattle on November 19 at Queen Anne UMC. Rory Graves, board member of the Center for Gun Responsibility will share her story about how gun violence visited her family. Peter Francis Gallagher, a member of the local Catholic Worker community, and Chris Hoke a jail chaplain, gang pastor, author, and member of Tierra Nueva Ministries will offer music. Kurt Willems founding pastor of Pangea Community and blogger at patheos, will be the clergy speaker. And Mike will be there, too, turning a gun into a tool for life.