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McHenry County clergy organize to prevent violence

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 11:33 p.m. CST

McHENRY – At a meeting Aug. 23, seven local ministers met to form Clergy and Laity For Non-Violence.

This group is open to any clergy or lay members of congregations and religious groups in McHenry County and is committed to the principle of nonviolence whether it is in opposition to gun homicide, domestic violence, bullying in school or any other form of violence.

The group will meet again at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3706 St. Paul St., McHenry. 

Other religious leaders and lay persons are invited to join the conversation.

Last winter, members of the Social Justice Committee of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation decided to reach out to local religious communities in response to school shootings and other violence. 

The Rev. Dan Larsen, minister emeritus of the congregation, was selected to spearhead that effort.

After months of exchanging letters and individual consultations, the group decided to broaden its focus from gun violence to all violence and the culture of violence that inflicts our communities and nation.

For information, call Larsen at 815-338-2234.

– Northwest Herald

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