What has perplexed me most is a general lack of action from the church. Wherever in the nation you are, and have been affected, it should have been a time for people of faith to open their doors to the community, provide chances to listen, engage and show situations of hope.
I was delighted to see (this morning) that Westminster Central Hall in London is to host such an event - on Saturday.
http://notinournamelondon.wordpress.com/the-big-event/ It’s aimed at young people and the idea is to get teenagers/youth talking about what has happened/is happening. It’s at Westminster central hall tomorrow at 1.30pm
As the name makes clear, the violence and looting wasn't done in the young people's name- yet as books such as the 'Gilted Generation' make clear, there has been a socio-economic storm brewing which has alienated generations of young people through lack of role models, aspiration and economic oppertunity.
Please, if you are in London (and involved in youth work etc) alert your young people to this fantastic looking event. It's the sort of work that churches should be engaged in and shows everyones true worth....