National Security Minister, Robert Montague, is urging the Church to redouble its efforts and place more emphasis on community intervention to help fight against crime and violence.
Minister Montague was speaking today at the launch of the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches initiative – Jamaica Pray.
Minister Montague says the Church has unique strengths which may be put to better use in addressing crisis of crime facing Jamaica.
The Security Minister says the root causes of crime and violence are well known.
He says the Church may better help in addressing troubling behavior patterns which are wreaking havoc on society.
Opposition Spokesman on Security, Peter Bunting, called on the Church to go beyond mass prayer gatherings to address the roots of the problem at the community level.
General Secretary of the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches, Gary Harriot, says over the next four years the Church intends to rise to the challenge and place greater focus on communities.
On Sunday, the Umbrella Groups of Churches will be hosting a mass meeting in Half Way Tree to pray for the healing of the country.