While we are greatly concerned about mass gun violence as experienced at Virginia Tech, Emanuel AME Church and Virginia Beach, and the hundreds of individual deaths of children and adults, we also want to increase awareness about the destructive seeds of hurt that ground the expression of violence in many forms. We want to expose the power of violence emanating from racism, economic inequality, environmental decay, criminal justice, imbalance, and community safety. We want to show how violence disproportionately impacts communities of color and faith, especially for the Muslim and Jewish traditions.
The September 17 symposium will lift the blinders and expand our awareness about violent acts as well as our use of violent language that denigrates human dignity and worth.
The Symposium will be a day-long event with keynote speakers and an interfaith panel providing a faith perspective of violence in the community. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops of their choosing. Lunch will be provided.
The Objectives of the Symposium:
- Be able to identify the key elements of a healthy community; addressing and combating violence in all of its forms
- Have the opportunity to interact with experts and leaders of organizations who are committed to reducing and preventing violence
- Become inspired, motivated, encouraged, and equipped to develop a personal action plan
- Feel empowered to make a difference in reducing and preventing violence in their community
- Make the connection between Virginia's legislative policies and their impact on the health of individuals and entire communities
The James River Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy looks forward to having you join us for this important and timely program.
We are also seeking organizations and churches to collaborate as partners for this event. If you are interested or need additional information please contact:
408 Darby Road
Yorktown, VA 23693
|Suggested Donation||$ 10.00|