RNS | For houses of worship, interfaith collaboration is the future of security

(RNS) — Last month, on the last day of Passover, a man armed with an AR-15-style rifle stormed into the Chabad of Poway synagogue in suburban San Diego and killed one worshipper and left three others injured. Later, the gunman reportedly confessed to burning a nearby mosque as well.

The attack came exactly six months to the day after 11 worshippers were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack America has ever seen.

But according to religious leaders, virtually no faith community has been spared violence – firebombings, mass shootings and more – over the past few years.