Recent shootings and violence are prompting action from religious groups and colleges that are uniting to try to change that trend.
The Sisters of Mercy, Third Avenue Churches & Friends and area colleges are co-sponsoring two free workshops by Kit Evans-Ford, a survivor of violence, who will teach participants about violence prevention and how to respond to violence. Evans-Ford will present “Transform Your Life & Relationships: How to Live the Nonviolent Journey” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Lunch will be provided from noon to 12:30 p.m. before the afternoon session and free child care is available during the evening session. To register, visit www.stpaulsumc.org.
“We understand that everyone wants to see an end to violence,” said the Rev. Sherrie Ilg, lead pastor at St. Paul’s. “This is one step in the process toward God’s vision for peace and justice that we share with our community.”
The sessions are geared both to people for help in their daily lives and to professionals who work with victims, Ilg said.
Evans-Ford, who survived a sexual assault in 2008, is a trainer and speaker with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere. She will share what she has learned about preventing violence, healing from trauma and the power of creative nonviolence.