Join the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for an Interfaith Discussion and Dialogue Breakfast in Observance of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month, November 20-December 20.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
8:30 am to 10:30 am
William Devine Golf Course Clubhouse,
1 Circuit Dr, Dorchester, MA
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org  by 11/26/10
In response to the recent tragic homicides in Mattapan, many of you reached out to the Peace Institute to ask how your faith community and you might respond. Although we all know community violence is an on-going concern, these murders touched us more deeply and left us with a greater feeling of dislocation, isolation, and disconnection. Many faith communities leaders preached on nonviolence and peace, opened their communities for prayer, donated funds, and found other ways to respond.
As we passed through the initial feelings of shock, the Peace Institute Interfaith Committee and staff sensed a need to come together as people of faith to reflect upon our experience and response to this particular tragedy and to the unfortunately continuing violence. Keith Harvey has agreed to lead us in discussion and dialogue.
Through this dialogue, we hope that we will share what faith community leaders found helpful within their own communities. We also will consider how we might develop interfaith community-wide approaches for healing within all our communities and for helping those families, individuals, and neighborhoods most deeply affected by these on-going tragedies.
Peace and Blessings
Tina Chery, Executive Director, Peace Institute
Connie Afshar, Second Congregational Church of Cohasset
Kathleen M. Kelly, Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Rev. Michelle A. Walsh, Tuckerman Creative Ministries for Justice & Healing
About our Facilitator:
Keith Harvey has been Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee New England region for 18 years. He administers Peace and Social Justice Programs in New England. Keith grew up working with the Service committee as his family integrated neighborhoods testing the fair housing laws during the 1960’s. Keith began working with the Peace Institute when AFSC's Healing Justice program (through fellow staff person of Jamie Bissonette-Lewey) connected with the Institute's program of reaching out to both families involved in community violence and murders. For Keith this is a true peace program, attempting to heal the wounds of violence. He feels privileged to work with both these wonderful organizations, where he can bring not only his community organizing, and organizational management experience but also his faith and spiritual commitment to the work.