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Michigan clergy members discuss ways to reduce youth violence

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(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
Rev. Ira Edwards addresses other Michigan clergymen and women during a recent meeting in Lansing

A new group is trying to organize clergy members statewide to address the problem of youth violence in Michigan.

The group Prophetic Voices gathered a Christian, Muslim and other religious leaders to a meeting in Lansing this past week. 

Reverend Ira Edwards is the spokesman for Prophetic Voices.   He says youth violence is hurting more than just young people in Michigan.

"Cause every time you have one youth kill another one…that’s two families that have been destroyed," says Edwards,  "And if we don’t do something to stem the tide…then we’re going to lose our youth.   And when Satan can destroy the youth…he can destroy the nation.”

The religious leaders hope to expand their membership in the year ahead…and come up with ways to lessen youth violence in Michigan.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.