Following the shooting on the south side of Syracuse this week, the community is coming together to talk about violence. A group of local pastors gathered at the Immanuel Temple Church Saturday evening, pushing for anyone who knows anything about the shooting to speak up and tell police.
The pastors expressed their concern with the increase in gun violence in the City of Syracuse. However, they don’t want to become numb to cases like this one–involving a family potentially targeted while mourning the loss of another loved one.
“We need to address that, you know, we need to begin to talk to one another and make it unacceptable. I don’t know all of the answers but we need to do something,” said Pastor Nonnie Holliman with the Bread of Life Church of God in Christ.
While the solutions are difficult to come across, members of the clergy said it all starts with a conversation.
“Improvement in our relationships–okay. Improvements with police relationships, community organizations relationships, relationships the church has with the community,” said Pastor Erik Eure, VP of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. “I think the more we can get to know each other and become neighbors, to get to know one another have a vested interest in each other’s success, I think those things will bring about change–positive change in our community.”
The pastors mentioned services Sunday will be difficult, as the topic of gun violence will likely be brought up.