Peace activist speaks at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Staff Report

Kathy Kelly, director of Voices for Non-Violence, will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 North Church St., on Thursday to speak of “the Tender Revolution”. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 7.

Kelly is the director and co-founder of Voices for Non-Violence, a Catholic Worker peace activist, and has a master’s degree in theology. During the program she will discuss her latest exploits including a recent trip to Afghanistan. Kelly has lived with people in war zones and prisons during her trips.

The title of Kelly’s talk is “A Revolution of Tenderness,” and she will be speaking about consequences of state violence and possibilities for change. The title of the program comes from a theme emphasized by Pope Francis, where he called for tenderness toward all of being. Kelly will talk about people who cannot escape state violence, and the collective potential to make a difference.

This program is presented by Rockford Urban Ministries, and is free and open to the public.

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