February 21, 2021 – NDPC received extensive media coverage for its participation in the Soul Box Project from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, CBS 46, 11 Alive/WXIA, and WSB-TV Channel 2. To view, click images below.
February 21, 2021 – On the third Sunday of each month, we continue to say the names of men, women, and children killed by bullets shot by guns in the state of Georgia during the previous month. Please view this video and join us in prayer and in a response for justice as you feel led:
February 17, 2021 – TODAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY – the 12 Soul Box Panels will be on display from 3:30-6:30 pm in an outdoor installation on the church grounds. All are welcome to come, masked and observing distancing protocols, to view these Soul Boxes and participate in self-directed prayer and contemplation.
In an arts-based effort to raise awareness of the gunfire epidemic in Georgia, NDPC is creating a public installation of over 1200 origami boxes – Soul Boxes – to represent Georgia residents killed and injured by guns in 2020. The boxes are being individually hand-tied onto 12 panels to be displayed first virtually, and when appropriate*, at the Georgia State Capitol and in other public venues. Ultimately these panels will be contributed to the permanent collection of the nationwide Soul Box Project.
Click here to read Co-Pastor David Lewicki’s January 14, 2021 statement on gun violence.
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*Our January 27, 2021 display date at the Gold Dome is postponed due to health and safety conditions, as is the eventual display date for the national Soul Box exhibit, to which we will contribute our Georgia panels. Please share your contact information so we can keep you posted on updates.
We continue to read aloud the names of Georgia victims of death by gunfire during our online services on the third Sunday of every month. We have recently begun including photographs when available; our primary source is gunmemorial.org
We have also committed to create a Soul Box origami box memorial for each individual lost in 2020. These boxes are easy to make from two pieces of paper, and can be personalized with photos and data from gunmemorial.org and other media/obituary sources. We are creating boxes with general messages of compassion, protest, and calls for justice, as well as “unmarked” boxes to represent those who have experienced and witnessed shootings, and those whose names we will never know.
Video and print directions for folding boxes are available online at the project website.
Health and safety conditions permitting, we plan to display these memorials in a public art exhibit in Atlanta during the 2021 session of the Georgia Legislature. Dates and location will be posted here soon. In Spring 2021, we will contribute our boxes to a national display of over 200,000 Soul Boxes on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
All are welcome to contribute to this Georgia project. Video and print directions for folding boxes are available online at the project website. To make arrangements for dropping off boxes, or for more information, please contact us at [email protected]