Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Bevin recently called on pastors to engage their communities and address the issue of violence.  And his proposal caught much in the media by surprise. He told nearly 800 pastors who gathered at a public school in the West End of Louisville to pray and to engage their churches in their communities by having small groups walking and praying 2-3 times per week in parts of the city that have seen violence. Louisville is on track for a record number of homicides in 2017. And the governor believes that at the root of the problem is a moral and spiritual issue. The proposal has been criticized. But for Kentucky's highest elected official to appeal to God takes humility and courage. and implies that there is a spiritual element to our crisis—and a spiritual solution.