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Workshop to address gun violence


St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

Thursday May 12th 2016 - 6:30pm to

How can we work to protect and sustain our children and young people in our nation’s current culture of gun violence? Three experienced professionals will share their experience with this subject on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Speakers include The Rev. Canon Stephen Brannon, president of the Law Enforcement Chaplains of Sonoma County. Rev. Brannon is an Episcopal priest and Rector Emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church in Sonoma. He is also an attorney who has worked with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Unit to provide pro bono legal representation for low income abused women and children in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Heidi Fortkamp is a veteran chaplain with the Law Enforcement Chaplains Service in Sonoma County, who heads the School Response Team of Chaplains, providing response by invitation to traumatic situations involving children and schools in the county. Fortkamp also heads the volunteer program at the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall and is very experienced in working with children and teens around difficult and traumatic issues.

Also presenting on May 12 is Gail Ahlas, retired superintendent of the Roseland School District. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service in Sonoma County and very familiar with concerns of school-age children, school safety, emergency plans and resources.

The evening is sponsored by the Gun Violence Prevention Group, which meets at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and includes members of St. Patrick’s and other churches, faiths, and groups. For more information about this and the May 12 meeting, please contact St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 833-4228, or Miriam Casey, 650-380-2747. St. Patrick’s is located at 9000 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.


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