Urban Violence and the Grace of God

“Every day 1.5 million people commute to work in Midtown Manhattan – with 250,000 people found per square mile – making it one of the densest places on earth during the work week.  The Empire State Building area shooting today is a stark reminder of how violent urban life can be.  Today’s shooting is a terrible tragedy, whatever the reason or motive. 

The murder rate in New York City peaked at 2,400 murders in 1994.  Since then the murder rate has dropped dramatically – by 70%– as the result of very effective policing policies.  We salute and admire our New York City policemen and policewomen who put their lives at risk every day.  They are part of God’s provision of protection in our great city.  But I believe even more so that this is the result of the community of churches who have prayed daily and specifically for the last 17 years for the lessening of violent crime in our city.

This tragedy is a reminder that we need the presence of God and the influence of God’s people in more and greater ways to leaven our society against this great, daily possibility of large scale, senseless violence.” 

Mac Pier,
President and Founder, The New York City Leadership Center

As president of The New York City Leadership Center, Mac Pier and his team seek to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders.  The vision of The NYCLC is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center.  To that end, the national Movement Day conference was established.  Movement Day is focused on accelerating Christian leadership in the forty largest cities in the US, and in influential cities globally, to address spiritual and social issues facing our society today.  www.MovementDay.com

*Mac is available for comment and interviews.   

Grace to Embrace NOT Hate

Movement Day NYC 2012

Hilton New York

Thursday, September 27, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



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