From Gun Barrels To Garden Tools

The prophet Isaiah said it well:

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Over 2,000 years later we use guns, not swords. And we use them not only against other nations, but on ourselves.

This morning, the Unitarian Church in Westport took Isaiah literally (with a 21st-century twist).

Retired Episcopal Bishop Jim Curry preached on his work of taking guns off the street, and transforming them into garden tools. He was joined by Jeremy Stein, executive director of CT Against Gun Violence.

After the service, Rev. Curry fired up his forge in the courtyard, and demonstrated the transformation.

Linda Hudson and Bishop Suffragan (ret.) Jim Curry, hard at work.

Truly, he practiced what he preached.

“Swords into plowshares; guns into gardening tools.” (Photos/Stephen Axthelm)

4 responses to “From Gun Barrels To Garden Tools

  1. What a good idea!

  2. Nancy Axthelm

    Such a timely message and so needed. Fabulous.

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    This brings tears of joy to my eyes. Yes, as Nancy said, timely, needed and wonderful. I pray that more would follow Bishop Jim Curry’s lead.

  4. Jo Ann Davidson

    Linda Hudson still doing good works.