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Madison church urges religious groups to join the conversation after recent shooting

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Madison (WKOW)-- Comfort comes in many forms. At Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison, church leaders are reaching out to members in need by offering hope and understanding.

"People have been carrying emotions and they're not sure what to do with them," Rev. Alexander Gee Jr. explains.

"I want to let people that it's alright if we don't have all the answers. It's alright to have questions. It's alright to cry."

Hundreds of church members filled the pews at Fountain of Life Sunday morning during a two and a half hour worship service.

During his sermon Rev. Alexander Gee Jr. challenged members to get involved in the community conversations in order to promote peace and understanding.

"These conversations are going to push us out of our comfort zones," Gee Jr. says Sunday. "We're going to need to get out of our comfortable padded pews."

Church leaders asked members to keep the family members of Tony Robinson, as well as members of the Madison Police Department within their thoughts and prayers. They also encouraged members and other religious groups to join the rallies and demonstrations that call for an end to violence in the community.

"This is an opportunity for us to show empathy and support," Gee says. "I really want to see the faith community become the vibrant part of society that it's meant to be."

Church leaders held a support group for young African-American men Sunday evening. The meeting featured mentors at the church who answered questions and offered support. Church leaders are planning additional support groups and meetings to help community members in need.

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