calendar February 22, 2024 in News

Join the “Toll the Bell” Project for Gun Violence Awareness

The City of Philadelphia is experiencing an unprecedented level of gun violence. On the first Friday in June, and the weekend immediately following, people across the country wear orange to honor victims of gun violence, using the traditional hunter’s color of orange to draw attention to this national issue.

Penn Live Arts invites churches in Philadelphia — particularly Center City, West Philadelphia and North Philadelphia — to join in the “Toll the Bell” project to collectively ring their bells or other sonic devices at noon on Friday, June 7 for 10.6 minutes to represent 106 people killed by a firearm in the U.S. every day.

Participant sites will be open for quiet reflection, prayer, and meditation. PLA staff will be on hand to pass out a project description with links to more information on gun violence prevention and programs working for change in Philadelphia and nationally.

Can your church help? Check out full information