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October 8, 2018

Adult Education with Phil Andrew and Dave Kelly

Written by: Julia Smolucha

 

Think You’re Helpless Against Chicago’s Violence? Think Again.

 

On Thursday, November 8, join leaders in Chicago’s anti-violence work and North Shore residents in challenging long held beliefs and gaining practical solutions at “Think You’re Helpless Against Chicago’s Violence? Think Again.” The event, jointly sponsored by Kenilworth Union Church, Winnetka’s Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Parish, and Wilmette’s Saint Francis Xavier Parish features Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Father Dave Kelly, of Chicago’s Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation.

Andrew and Fr. Kelly will jointly present how suburban citizens can help curb Chicago’s epidemic of violence and conflict by going to undeserved neighborhoods, combining efforts with already existing non-profits, and offering jobs and training opportunities.

Kenilworth Union Church, Saint Francis Xavier Parish, and Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Host Anti-Violence Event
Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Andrew is remembered by many North Shore residents as a survivor of the 1988 Hubbard Woods shootings, calls on his former career with the FBI and his current work as an anti-violence activist to appeal for help for these problems. He recently founded PAX Group, a risk preparation, crisis, and conflict resolution agency that enables organizations to build resilience and safer environments while maintaining confidence. PAX Group uses sophisticated law enforcement and community engagement techniques to respond in today’s social environments.

Father Dave Kelly, of Chicago’s Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Fr. Kelly and Precious Blood Ministry organize peace circles between perpetrators and victims, in the south side’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. For many years, Fr. Kelly has lived adjacent to the neighborhood center that ministers to youth and families. He walks the walk and talks the talk.

The Thursday, November 8 event begins at 7 p.m. at Kenilworth Union Church in the Sanctuary. It is free and open to the public.