Fort Wayne churches to address violence this Sunday

Several local churches will participate Sunday in a Fort Wayne UNITED initiative to bring the community together by sharing unified messages addressing violence and the impact of homicides on families and the community.

Churches participating in the “My Brother’s Keeper” event include Blackhawk Ministries, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Hope Community Church, Joshua’s Temple, Lifeway Bible Fellowship, New Covenant Worship Center, Pathway Community Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, The Chapel, Trinity English Lutheran Church and Wallen Baptist Church.

“We’re encouraged to have a diverse group of pastors and churches playing a role in collaborating with the city of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne UNITED and each other to share a cohesive message from a faith-based perspective,” Iric Headley, director of Fort Wayne UNITED, said in a statement. “By working together, we’re becoming a more unified community committed to making positive changes for individuals and families in Fort Wayne.”

Fort Wayne UNITED was started by Mayor Tom Henry in 2016 by combining two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to make a meaningful difference with an emphasis on listening, input, letting voices be heard, and engagement.

The mission is to advocate for and implement policies, practices and procedures to ensure equity and opportunity for black fathers, brothers and sons at home, work, school, and community through collaborative efforts. For more information, visit