The Soul Box Project

End the Year with Hope for a Safer Oregon
Take action on gun violence by participating in a powerful demonstration.


Since 2014, gun violence has killed or injured 220,000 people in the United States. It’s almost too big a figure to grasp. The Soul Box Project reveals this epidemic—through public displays of origami boxes, handmade by volunteers. Each Soul Box represents one life lost to gun violence. 

Join us as we draw inspiration from the national Soul Box Project as part of our own push towards state legislative action in February. 

Here’s how to participate:

  1. All it takes to make a Soul Box are two pieces of paper and time to contemplate one life cut short by gun violence. Use paper, words and images to celebrate a life or protest a loss. (Examples at soulboxproject.org/.) Simply follow the instructions on this flyer to make your Soul Box(es).
     
  2. Send your boxes by mail or drop them off at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland, 1126 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97205. The church is open to the public every weekday from 10 am–2 pm. Soul Boxes can be dropped off in the Chapel. Please deliver your Soul Box by February 1st.
     
  3. Join us as we take the boxes to the State Capitol on February 7, 2018. In addition to presenting the Soul Boxes, we will be visiting our legislators to let them know we are ready to stop gun violence.  The Soul Boxes will continue to make an impact beyond this time when they join the national pool for massive public installations.  RSVP with your contact information to belovedcommunityoregon@gmail.com so we can coordinate transportation on the day. If you know your legislator, please also list their name so we can set up appointments.

If you are unable to join us on February 7, you can still take action to reduce gun violence in our state. Check out www.ceasefireoregon.org/act/ and www.soulboxproject.org for more information.

Pass on this flyer! Copy/distribute it to all your friends, families, and coworkers. Spend time this holiday season remembering those lives lost to gun violence. True change is possible on the state level, and there is no greater gift than the gift of a safer Oregon