A moment of blessing in Fairfield, Calif. at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex takes place between clergy and law enforcement. Pictured here are, fire chief Vincent Webster, center right, Captain Darrin Moody, in uniform, center left, Brother Ray Courtamathe, reading in a brown jacket, the Rev. Vic Russel, second from right, and the Rev. David Isom, far right. A far left, David Derf and Todd Bertani hold poles that carry names of victims of homicide and violent death. The light pink flags stand for children killed. Photo by Jess Sullivan
(RNS) As racial tensions continue to simmer in the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere, churches have offered themselves up as trusted go-betweens for the police and angry residents, particularly in black communities.