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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Peace was shattered in a Charleston church this week, leaving many in eastern Iowa asking: Is nowhere safe?

Local church leaders in Dubuque are asking the same question. And they're also trying to figure out how best to protect those that come to worship in their buildings.

Resurrection Church in Dubuque has security cameras and they lock their doors at night. But that's about all they can realistically do.

"It's pretty scary, but again, we have just kind of taken the mindset that we're not going to make this Fort Knox here," said Patrick Andera, the communication and volunteer coordinator for the church.

They must find that delicate balance between opening their services up to anybody and everybody, and also protecting those that worship with them.

"I don't think we want to put armed guards at the doors, you know, for mass, because -- again -- we want to be welcoming to people who want to come to Resurrection," Andera said.

Across town at St. Luke's, Rev. Dr. Okitakoyi Lundula is wrestling with the same situation.

"We do what we can to protect ourselves, our worshipers, our children, but we open up ourselves to the community and God's people because we are here in this location to serve the people," Lundula said.

He says the best way to prevent violence inside the church is to bring their message outside of it.

"We have to go out and transform our community," he said. "Because if we love one another, we will not act that way."

In the end, as with most matters of the church, Andera says it all comes down to faith.

"We gotta have faith in God that he's gonna take care of you, and that's he's going to protect you, especially in church," Andera said.
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