May 2020 Update: Even as NDPC worship services have gone online, we continue to read aloud the names of Georgia victims of death by gunfire in our services. This month, youth from our congregation provided the voiceover to this Soul Box process video below. As the boxes were constructed and personalized step by step, three young members of our congregation solemnly named each life lost in April 2020.

The Soul Box Project is a national community art project collecting handmade origami Boxes. Each Box represents one person killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. The Project displays thousands of Soul Boxes in public spaces to illustrate the number of victims of gun violence, defense, accidents and suicides. These exhibits are designed to reach visitors on an emotional level, compelling and empowering them to choose actions regarding responsible gun use that reflect their values, priorities and beliefs.

The NDPC Craftivist Group (a part of the NDPC Peace and Justice Committee) is making boxes to remember Georgia victims of gunfire. The names of the victims are read monthly during worship, a practice that has run continuously since 2014. All are welcome to fold boxes at home. Video and print directions for folding boxes are available online at the project website.

Other Georgia groups and organizations are participating in the Soul Box Project as well. All boxes will ultimately become part of an event on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in October 2020, and there are plans underway to mount a public exhibit before then here in Georgia. Our collection point for Georgia is Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, where boxes can be dropped on the first week of each month beginning in March, M-F from 10a-12p. For more information, please contact Ellen Gadberry at [email protected].