Gun Violence to be Discussed at Duke Chapel Oct. 15

The discussion is free and open to the public

Duke University Chapel will host a public conversation, “Every Life Sacred: The Urgency to End Gun Violence,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The discussion at Duke Chapel, to be moderated by chapel Dean Luke Powery, is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Rob Belcher, founder of Chance2Change; Durham Police Chief Cerelyn Davis; Duke public policy and political science professor Kristin Goss; and the Rev. Ben Haas, executive director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham.

“I believe that as surely as gun violence reveals a hatred of humanity, it also reveals a hatred of God,” Powery said. “I say this out of the Christian tradition that claims God came to us as a human in the person of Jesus within a broken world, embodying divine love for all humanity.

“Acts of gun violence deny the all-inclusive love of God for all people,” he said.

Free parking for the event is available on a first-come basis in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center surface lot at the same address.

The event is part of the chapel’s Bridge Panels public conversation series, which seeks to connect people from disparate walks of life in an effort to discover shared pathways toward the beloved community of God.

The conversation will be streamed live on the Duke Chapel website at