Solomon Tackles Violence

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MOUNTING street violence aroused State Rep. Jared Solomon, 2nd from R, to convene with community leaders in an effort to mount effective responses in Oxford Circle: Juan from Leaders of Tomorrow, Pastor Robert Fontell from Calvary Christian Church, and Mental Health Professionals to host a Northeast Philly block meet up. People of all different backgrounds came together to discuss a resolution to the gun-violence epidemic.

We asked that question in the heart of North Lawndale, a neighborhood with one of the highest rates of violent crime in Chicago, to wonder together how God may be rallying new kinds of leaders and new ways of being church. Here, FTE hosted a Community Forum with young adults, students and religious leaders late last month focused on the church’s engagement in the existing challenges surrounding violence and injustice in our communities. If you are looking for try  a non-denominational church which should be considered for an easy fun environment that is family oriented and opposes all sort of violence.

As summer months approach, violence usually increases. Melanie C. Jones said a priority for her faith community is “Opening the sanctuary for youth to come participate in all-day activities that help them be in spaces that are safe from crime.” Combining front-line ministry with activist energy helps to address root causes and develop long-term relationships. Phil Jackson echoed this, inviting churches to “be on the block” for the long run.

Photo from Solomon’s Facebook page

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