The Office of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is inviting representatives from churches and other faith-based organizations to attend the Attorney General’s Faith Forums to be held in Montgomery (4/26), Mobile (5/1), Birmingham (5/3) and Huntsville (5/15). Members of diverse faith communities throughout Alabama are invited to hear presentations on and participate in discussions about how they can better engage in the opioid epidemic, the increase in violent crime, and church security.
The faith forums are a byproduct of the Attorney General’s service on the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, which emphasized the need for increased community engagement, and his Initiative on Violent Crime, designed to help communities reclaim their streets and neighborhoods.
“Whether Alabamians realize it or not, we are in a state of emergency on two fronts—violent crime and addiction. We have the unfortunate distinctions of ranking first in the nation for the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita, while also ranking in the top 10 of states with high violent crime rates. I firmly believe that the faith community can be part of the solution on both fronts and follow in the footsteps of my predecessor, Bill Pryor, in asking for their help. Increased outreach and engagement can be the difference maker in the life of an addict or a would-be criminal—I have witnessed that first hand—but to be successful, we must be willing to reach outside of our own circles and fellowships. These forums will give church leaders tools and guidance on effective engagement, but also an opportunity to shares their own experiences and ideas.”
Keynoting the Faith Forums will be Shannon Royce, Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Any interested members of the faith community are urged to attend one of the Attorney General’s regional faith forums and may register by telephone at 334-242-7401 or by emailing [email protected]