Sponsored by the James River Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

REGISTER HERE: (free & open to the public)

The Symposium will be a day-long event with keynote speakers and an interfaith panel providing a faith perspective of violence in the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops of their choosing. Lunch will be provided.

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.

For more information contact:

John Gregoire: 757-506-9192, johngregoire185@hotmail.com
Charles Swadley: 804-502-2247, charles.swadley@gmail.com