Lansing pastors band together to end gun violence in the city

LANSING, Michigan – A newly formed group of pastors in Lansing hope to reduce gun violence in the city.

Chris Maxie, pastor of Christ’s Kingdom Builders Church and a member of the Assembly of Lansing Pastors, says Lansing religious leaders have been silent for too long.

“We are aware that collectively we weren’t there and we want to change that and be part of it,” he said, adding: “We would like to invite community groups who are already working on these issues to join us. We know there is a benefit in working with people. “

The group consists of 33 religious leaders and plans to focus on several problem areas including the establishment of a police review committee, housing insecurity, racial diversity, discrimination, city budget matters and armed violence.

Pastors agree that COVID-19 has played a huge role in the rise in violent crime in the city and families need help.

“67 percent of our houses in Lansing are run by single women. When you talk to parents, when you talk to our sisters, they work. They do whatever it takes to raise their children. It’s a ‘us’ issue. It’s a fellowship, “said Pastor Sean Holland of the Epicenter of Worship.

The group has sent an official request to Mayor Andy Schor’s office asking for a meeting to work out some solutions, but has not yet received any feedback. Schor’s office also did not respond to a request for comment from FOX 47 News.

“We would like the City of Lansing to provide resources to the groups that are already in the community to offer these young people an alternative to their street life. The underlying problems of poverty and lack of resources contribute to the fact that young people feel they have no hope, “said Maxie.

The Lansing Pastors Congregation meets Monday evening and plans to have a public discussion on Wednesday evening at 6:45 p.m. at the Kingdom Ministries Center at 3000 W. Miller Road.

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