Faith leaders navigate church security

In light of the killing of 26 worshippers in a Baptist church in South Texas on Nov. 5, some faith leaders in the Chicago area are sizing up their security measures, if, in fact they have any.

A front-page report in Chicago Tribune (Nov. 7, 2017) notes that St. Peter’s Church in the Loop already has a security desk. According to Franciscan Father Kurt Hartrich, pastor, parishioners must cross two thresholds and pass muster with security guards before they can enter the worship space at the church.

In the past year, the report notes, hundreds of congregations have joined a coalition called Secure Church Chicago, a regional working group of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish clergy volunteers who want to take a proactive, professional, and pastoral approach to church safety.

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