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Church to host event aimed at melting guns, creating gardening tools

"May our hearts be forged for a vision of peace."

There’s a Bible passage: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

At a Springfield church on June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., that verse will be taken almost literally.

Gardner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 368 Bay St., will host Swords to Plowshares Northeast, a nonprofit aiming to reduce gun violence by melting weapons and turning them into tools for community gardens.

The event, which will demonstrate the process, is planned as a way to call attention to gun violence, according to MassLive.

On its website, Swords to Plowshares says, “The process allows us to find a creative way to make something inspiring and symbolic out of a weapon of death, something that will symbolize the transformation we believe is possible if Americans step back from the heated gun debate and try to listen to each other.”

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In promoting the event on Facebook, the Massachusetts Council of Churches said, “May our hearts be forged for a vision of peace.”

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