If you haven't noticed, we had a year of violent deaths here in our city. Local clergy gathered recently to discuss it. Any ideas on how the church can give a missional response and end violent deaths in 2008?If you have any good ideas, click through and let him know.
44 Died Violently in 2007:The Shreveport Times
I don't know that the church can do anything to "end violent deaths," which no one has seemed able to stop since Cain killed Abel. But I suggested in the comments that clergy seeking to respond to violent crime might look to the restorative justice movement, which emphasizes support for the victims of violent crime and their families, asking "who's been hurt, what are their needs, and what process can we use to meet those needs and help them transcend their victimization?"
Anyone seeking more on the subject should see Grits' coverage of last year's national restorative justice conference which addressed many of these subjects and linked to quite a few additional resources.