Knife Crime Chair: Rebecca Swinson, Liverpool, Synod Representative Presented by: Becky Cavanagh, Wakefied, Core Group member Guest speaker: Dean Pusey, DYO for Southwark Becky Cavanagh, Wakefield: Welcome Dean! Dean Pusey, DYO Southwark: Welcome, explanation of his role in Southwark and would like to state that he‟s had an M16 rifle pointed at him, and been threatened with a knife. Film clip: “The Wire”, Anthony Hamilton. Dean Pusey, DYO Southwark: The scenes are harrowing, and Hollywood- like, but true – think simply of the young man machine-gunned in his bed in London. The title “‟Aint nobody worrying” – the challenge to CEYC is how we respond to crime. It affects us all – even some of you in quieter areas have experienced the repercussions of the combination of alcohol and violence. Jesus Christ calls us to consider (John 10:10) “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”, and question how we speak life in abundance to those affected by knife crime. In Derby, a 15 year old girl was shot – this is not a London-centric problem. Think of Romeo and Juliet; it is Shakespearean gang-warfare! Gang related crime is nothing new. We must question how it is that the church has become so far apart from the issue. This is not just for debating, but a question as to what we are proclaiming about life. Why is it that we have an inability to speak? Are we a white, middle class church? This is a challenge to global mission. One cannot be „namby pamby‟ with a gang. They ask you are consistent with what you believe? Are we tight with our gang-leader (Jesus)? We need to know ourselves and our faith before we speak to others. Becky Cavanagh, Wakefield: Thanks to Dean. Talks the Council through powerpoint. Rebecca Swinson, Liverpool: The Council will take 20 minutes to discuss the questions presented (included in the powerpoint) and to read the articles distributed about the room. Matt Rusk, Leicester: Amendment – the motion needs something relating to action Rebecca Swinson, Liverpool: We don‟t have an amendment to propose, so we‟ll carry on with the debate. Hannah Page, Derby: A lot of knife crime is linked to gangs – very much territorially based crime. The knives act as protection, like safety in a family. Nathan Wilson, Canterbury: It‟s a vicious cycle – the news makes people fearful, so knives are held for protection, but the carrying means more danger. Edward Keene, Oxford: What are the factors that have led to this? Family breakdown, loss of role models etc. There needs to be more research. Tom Leathers, Derby: We need unity. Segregation causes conflict – people need to be shown that they are not different. Caitlin Thomson, Carlisle: Support needs providing, like somewhere for people to go. Dan Leathers, Derby: We need to look at our hearts. Are the role models in the church conflicting with this message of unity that we should be proclaiming. We should go back to acting out the gospel. We need to know our faith to know how they fit together. Matt Rusk, Leicester: It‟s not enough to be speaking about these issues. There needs to be financial support, procedures, time and resources put into it. Hannah Page, Derby: My area is rough, but it doesn‟t phase me from going out. Someone in the street opposite mine was attacked with a knife, but it doesn‟t faze me. Tom Leathers, Derby: Every 52 minutes a knife related crime is committed – it should be publicised more widely. Simon Peters, FURY representative: It‟s great to hear you‟re concerned and understanding, but what if Synod is just another committee? This issue is about our roles; living as Christians in the world. Jesus lived an incredibly hard life, that most of us won‟t know. „Let us be prophetic, not pathetic.‟ We need an amendment to the motion that speaks for us as individuals too. Dean Pusey, DYO Southwark: We should ask „What would Jesus do?‟ Do we need a motion, or should we just get on with it. We are all human beings, but some do not have the same chances as us. Many have to make split second decisions („hustle‟ – doing anything to get money) – they do not have the money. These are symptoms, not causes. We also need to ask what the church is modelling. The factions are little more than gangs, and motions immediately provoke polarisation. Also, you are the answer to your prayers. We must trust the power of God and prayer. Currently, these are not our issues, but what will happen in 10 year‟s time? Matt Sorley, Newcastle: This is greater than simply our roles as Christians – it is a multi-faith issue, only then can we make progress. The National Church needs to make links so that we can actively deal with this. Rich Whitmill, Ripon and Leeds and Simon Peters, FURY offers an amendment: Vote. 20 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions. Carried. Matt Rusk, Leicester offers amendment: Vote. 20 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions. Carried. Rebecca Swinson, Liverpool: Offers to Becky Cavanagh to conclude – nothing to add. Vote on the whole motion: 20 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions. Carried.