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Join religious leaders of every faith in every borough on the weekend of November 16 - 18 to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Sadly, the epidemic of traffic crashes is one that unites us all. People of every faith, neighborhood, race, class, gender, age, ability and political affiliation are hit personally by this issue.

Every 38 hours, someone is killed in NYC. Another 200 are injured each day.

On November 16 -18, sermons across NYC, of all faiths, will address this public health issue, offering New Yorkers the opportunity to join the United Nations and cities around the world in memorializing those who've been killed in local neighborhoods - and calling for safer streets.

Imagine if all peoples and all religions come together as one, to pray for a day when there are no more senseless deaths and injuries due to reckless driving. All faith leaders can use their pulpits, prayers and programming to remind communities it is up to each and every one of us to make sure this happens, that we are all responsible for each other and must:

slow downpay attention and support solutions that save lives
Sermons for Safe Streets will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving, the deadliest holiday on US roads. These sermons can literally save lives!

View our Sermon for Safe Streets Clergy Kit including sample sermon snippets, religious references, statistics, collective prayers, resources and more.

FAQ

What?

Sermons across New York City, of all faiths, will address the public health issue of reckless driving, offering New Yorkers the opportunity to join the UN and cities around the world in memorializing those who've been killed in local neighborhoods - and in calling for safer streets

When?

November 16-18 weekend, World Day of Remembrance, a UN initiative with commemorations taking place around the globe. This is the weekend before Thanksgiving, the deadliest holiday on US roads.

Why Sermons?

People listen to you! Faith leaders can use their pulpits and powerful voices to memorialize those who've been killed and to remind entire communities that it is up to each and every one of us to make sure there are no more deaths in traffic, that we are all responsible for each other and must slow down and pay attention.

Does it have to be a sermon?

No. We encourage you to raise this important issue in any way you can. These resources can be used for community events, children’s programming, adult education and more. Please feel free to share our content in your community newsletters, blogs and in all the powerful work you do.

Who suffers from reckless driving?

Everyone! Drivers, Passengers. People in other vehicles and on the streets. People often think this movement is about saving pedestrians and cyclists. Countless drivers and passengers are killed each year too. Reckless driving affects us all!

Is this connected to specific policies?

No! Sermons for Safe Streets is not political. This is a World Day of Remembrance, commemorated around the globe by people of all faiths, all affiliations and all political views. It is a day we find unity in mourning preventable deaths and praying for no more. Sermons will empower all individuals to slow down, take more care, be more conscious and ensure no more families know the pain of having a loved one stolen from them by a reckless driver.

What goes into a Sermon for Safe Streets?

Download our comprehensive clergy kit including statistics, religious references, sample sermon snippets, collective prayers, online resources and more. Families for Safe Streets can also assist clergy in obtaining crash/fatality statistics for particular neighborhoods. We may also be able to offer a guest speaker who has been personally affected by this issue. We are here to help!

How Can You Help?

Send your ideas!

We welcome input from religious leaders and thinkers on verses from sacred texts and other religious references for the sample sermon kits. Please send them to Chana Widawski.


Spread the word!

Encourage clergy to set aside the weekend of November 16 - 18 for Sermons for Safe Streets and share contacts with us for interfaith coalitions, denominational umbrella groups and others who can encourage each congregation to devote some or all of their sermon on World Day of Remembrance weekend to this public health issue.

Register Your Participation!

Let us know that you participated. Whether an entire sermon, a special program or even just a mention of World Day of Remembrance, let us know. Please complete this form.

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