Churches Speak Out Against Violence

January 3, 2005 by

White crosses littered the yard of Highland Baptist Church last month in a stark statement against violence. One cross stood for each of the 68 homicide victims in Lousville, Ohio in 2004. The crosses were removed yesterday in hopes of peace in the new year.

The crosses are part of the “No Murders Metro” campaign which is led by a coalition of ministers and seeks to stop violence. This year they intend to start mentor programs for those released from prison, challenge at least 100 people to get involved in a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and partner 10 churches in high crime areas with churches in safer areas.

While it seems misconstrued to call it a marketing effort, this is a well-balanced campaign to fight violence and a great example of what churches should be doing. They’re making a difference in their local community, standing up for an issue that’s at the heart of their faith, and all the while creatively engaging the public. Nice job.

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