Beating Guns Tour

Hope for people who are weary of violence

Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin are taking the “Beating Guns” book and their forge on the road with the Beating Guns Tour, a 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools. The event is free but registration is required.


Shane Claiborne is a bestselling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” He writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Executing Grace. Follow him on Twitter (@shaneclaiborne), on Facebook (ShaneClaiborne), and at

Michael Martin is the founder and executive director of RAWtools Inc. and blogs at RAWtools turns guns into garden tools (and other lovely things), resourcing communities with nonviolent confrontation skills in an effort to turn stories of violence into stories of creation.

This event is sponsored by Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, Eastern Mennonite Missions, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster Mennonite School, Landis Communities, and Mennonite Central Committee East Coast. It is part of “Following Jesus, Living Out Peace” — a series of events promoting past and contemporary peacemaking as an aspect of living as disciples of Jesus.