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Balancing faith and fear: Northeast Ohio pastor is vigilant after mass shooting in Texas church

Posted at 11:29 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 23:29:30-05

A Northeast Ohio pastor is supplementing prayer with action.

"We're not talking to each other, we're talking at each other, that's a problem,” said Mt. Zion Church Pastor, Larry Macon. "Folk are talking about gun laws, that's a conversation that we need to have."
Macon wouldn’t breakdown security plans for his church, but did say certain members are scattered throughout his congregation for safety. Word of 26 deaths and 20 injured in the mass shooting inside a Texas church on Sunday has urged his staff to review its approach to possible threats.
"We have to say that non-violence is still the way,” said Macon. "The whole climate of violence in the community. We walk by faith and not by fear. Our prayers have extended into the nation."
Sunday, at Quicken Loans Arena, Macon is leading a 4 p.m. prayer service to honor victims of the Texas shootings. He said admission is free.