St. James United Methodist Church reflects on recent shootings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Sunday, the congregation at St. James United Methodist Church prayed for guidance and clarity after the recent shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana.

Emanuel Cleaver III, the Senior Pastor, said "we should be outraged, if we are being honest. This nation is in turmoil and it is so because there is an elephant in the room, that's been around for a long, long time."

Cleaver also addressed the violence in our community, outside the police department. In 2015, there were nearly 150 homicides in Kansas City.

"We need to be angry that someone was so frustrated that they took their anger and began shooting police officers, even here in Ballwin, Missouri," said Cleaver.

Royce Turner, the Congregational Care Minister at St. James United Methodist Church, said "we have become a silent majority. That silent majority needs to start voicing its concerns and if we can get a town hall meeting all over the place... someone is going to take notice."

Cleaver said it is important to pray to God for peace and start a conversation on how to address the violence. On August 9th, a town hall meeting will be held on race relations.