How can we make houses of worship more secure?
In the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, many people of faith across the country have expressed concern about their own houses of worship.
Are they secure enough?
What can be done to protect the safety of the congregation and leaders?
We want to talk about it.
A public conversation focused on security for houses of worship is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Oklahoma City Community College.
The conversation is the second in The Oklahoman's Instant Reaction discussions that focus on current local and national hot topics. The first in the series concerned DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Instant Reaction may be taped at our downtown offices or offsite before a live audience.
Participants will include Maj. Bill Weaver with the Oklahoma City Police Department; Travis David, former police officer, owner of Peacemakers Security and Consulting and head of security at Quail Springs Baptist Church; Roberta Clark, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City; and Tara Koetter, founder of Sheepdog Security and Investigative Services, LLC.
I will be moderator of the event which will be in College Union Room No. 2 at OCCC, 7777 S May Ave.
These conversations are open to the public, but seating is limited. To attend, RSVP is suggested but not required. To RSVP, send an email to OklahomanEvents@oklahoman.com.
I look forward to seeing you there.