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Category Archives: Violence & Peace

I am not a fan of everything published in Philadelphia Weekly, but I do tend to pick it up on a weekly basis mainly for their excellent “Arts & Culture” Calendar. I’ve attended several cool events that I found in PW. Lately, I’ve been picking up PW for more than just making my weekend plans. This month their “News and Opinions” section has featured some good writing on justice issues in our city. While I’ve got my beefs with PW, I definitely have to give props to the publication for talking about these issues and for reporting on tragic and hopeful local developments. Also want to give props to the writers: F.H. Rubino, Tara Murtha, and Aaron Case. Keep up the good work!

In Kensington, Renewed Hope for Troubled Souls” (2/23/11) – For my liberti church people, this is a great gospel story taking place in our own ‘hood. We should be praying for and networking with these people.  Check out Innercity Missions website.

In Philly, More Safe Places for Child-Abuse Victims” (2/16/11)- Helpful information and resources for those in our community serving children. Check out the Philadelphia Childrens Alliance for more info.

For Americans in the Sex Trade, Still Little Hope” (2/9/11)- Tragic story, but there are developments both in the city and the state to fight the injustices perpetrated against girls who have been manipulated and in some cases forced into prostitution. Also check out the documentary “Very Young Girls” and the work of Covenant House PA and Dawn’s Place.

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Please pray for the peace of our city. If our city has as many violent crimes each month as we did in January, we will average out to about 1 murder a day, as we did a few years ago. Here’s a blurb from a Metro Philadelphia article I saw this morning:

As of Monday, the city’s official murder count was at 24, not including a woman and seven babies allegedly killed by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was charged two weeks ago. That number represents the highest year-to-date total since 2007, when 31 people were slain in the first month. Rapes are also up 36 percent from a year ago…

Many of these crimes take place within a few miles from where we worship. Let’s ask ourselves what it looks like to be the church in a city that experiences so much violence? What are some practical ways that we can serve our neighbors and work for the peace of our city?

We heard Steve preach on the beatitudes this past Sunday. One of them is “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” How can we pursue this call in our neighborhoods? How does the gospel uniquely equip us to be peacemakers?

It would be great if some of you could offer ideas in the comments section…

*Note: Photo found at http://www.malcomxpark.org

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