Church Security

Rev. Chris Ayers of Wedgewood Church addressed the crowd at Monday's vigil.
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Clergy, activists and churchgoers gathered in a show of support at Wedgewood Church Monday after an anti-gay slur was painted on the church's rainbow-colored front door last week. It was the seventh act of vandalism in seven years at the church, which reports half its congregation is LGBT. 

About 25 people attended the forum, organized by Mecklenburg Ministries, in the chapel at Park Road Baptist Church.
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One reaction by houses of worship to last month's mass shooting at a Baptist church in Texas has been to look inward, and think about church security. Another, discussed at a forum on gun violence Tuesday in Charlotte, is to look outward and ask how people of faith can help battle the problem.

CMPD Lt. Steve Huber talks to faith leaders about security
Gwendolyn Glenn

Local congregations are once again turning to Charlotte police for security advice, after this month’s mass shooting at a church in Texas. CMPD offered two safety seminars for places of worship Tuesday. Many church leaders left having second thoughts about their safety plans.

Houses of worship are known as welcoming places, but the recent mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church is a reminder to many that they also need to protect themselves.