The Pine Bluff Faith Community Coalition Ministerial Alliance recently met at St. Luke United Methodist Church at Pine Bluff.

“Pastors discussed racial reconciliation and unity and took a stand against the sin of racism united with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ for a better Pine Bluff,” according to a news release.

Topics included how churches could help stop or reduce murders in the city. Police Chief Ivan Whitfield discussed the enforcement and zero tolerance of the Juvenile curfew.

“Members of the FCC strongly believe the church must not sit back but lead the way,” according to the release.

Many FCC members greeted students returning to school on the first day Monday. They also visited the Merrill Community Center following the recent homicide to provide counseling, prayer and encouragement.

The Rev. Derick Easter presented a report from the education committee called “Pine Bluff Reads” aimed at students in first through third grade.

Assistant Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant and Cassandra Shaw, special project coordinator from the mayor’s office, also attended the meeting.