LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 15: Police tape blocks off the scene of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church on May 15, 2022 in Laguna Woods, California. According to police, the shooting left one person dead, four critically wounded, and one with minor injuries. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Houses of worship are meant to be places of shelter, reflection and peace, where strangers are welcome. But after recent high-profile shootings nationwide, worshippers and leaders across faiths are facing uneasy decisions on the best ways to guard their sanctuaries. Some have hired armed security guards, installed cameras and developed an active shooter plan. Last month, two people were killed at a church shooting in Alabama. It was the latest in a series of recent shootings that include a racist attack that killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, and the shooting deaths of 19 children and two adults at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.