Several local leaders met Tuesday in Royal Oak St. John Episcopal Church to share ways to reduce the violence around us.
Bullying was also on the minds of Rabbi Joseph Klein of Oak Park, Judge Joe Oster of St. Clair Shores, Father Paul Chaeau of Our lady of Fatima, Rector Linda Northcraft, host at St. John's, retired bishop Coleman McGehee, Jr., Pastor Hanna Sullaka of Dearborn, and Tom Zerafa, among others.
Junior high students need to be the focus, Rabbi Klein, proposed, hoping that youth and dating be addressed. He also wondered if coalitions on violence are sharing information enough.
One participant thought that Muslims need to be part of this meeting so people understand them more fully.
The rise in bullying among gays sparked comments from some in the group.
"All violence is not limited to heterosexuals," Tom Zearafa, said.
The group ended with prayer and said they'd meet again once they prioritize their priorites.