Washington National Cathedral welcomed Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and former Surgeon General David Satcher, along with two other leading physicians, for the twenty-second national observance of Children’s Sabbath on October 20. This year’s theme, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty,” explored some of the interrelated factors that make gun violence such a problem in our nation and such a danger to our nation’s youth (a child’s life is taken by gun violence in America every three hours and fifteen minutes). With news of the shooting at Sparks Elementary School in Nevada the next day, Cathedral Dean Gary Hall released a statement pledging that the Cathedral “will continue to explore gun violence, its public health consequences, and the toll it takes on children in the months ahead. We will continue to pray that other houses of worship across the country will join us in demanding an end to the easy availability of guns that so recklessly endangers the most vulnerable in our cities, our work, our gathering places, and—increasingly—our schools.”