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Saturday, April 14, 2018


"Weaving Hope with a Faith That Does Justice"
An Interfaith Social Justice Convening Day

Dear Friends,

With the tragedy in Parkland as a recent reminder of our fragile world 
and lives being taken every day in our nationwe must come 
together and act now for violence prevention and sensible gun laws.  
As we saw this weekend, our youth are poised to partner with us and help lead efforts to address and change the gaps in laws that help let the unimaginable happen.

One of the speakers  for our upcoming event will be intimately 
addressing the topic and the deeper forces at play.   Jeremy's daughter was tragically killed during the Sandy Hook shootings. He has devoted his life to  understanding and sharing with others the neurobiological and environmental factors associated with violence and  compassion.

With a heightened awareness of violence and intervention on so many people's minds, Jeremy and his presentation are vitally needed.  Read more about him below - and click on flyers below to register for the event or for more details.

 Interfaith Social Justice Convening Day Speaker
Jeremy Richman, Ph.D.
and Avielle Foundation 

Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist with extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and kidney disease. He has worked in the academic and drug discovery research areas for nearly three decades and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives.

Dr. Richman is dedicated to reaching out and educating youth and believes that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest through his teaching of biology, neuroscience, martial arts and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years.

In 2012, Dr. Richman and his wife Jennifer's beautiful 6 year old daughter, Avielle,was killed in the Sandy Hook School shootings. This tragedy motivated Dr. Richman to refocus his research and life's passion to better understanding the neurobiological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion.

Towards this end, Jeremy and Jennifer (Hensel) co-founded the Avielle Foundation which is committed to preventing violence, building compassion though brain health research, community engagement and education. The Avielle Foundation expresses their passionate belief that it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses.

Dr. Richman serves as the CEO of the Avielle Foundation as well as holding a Faculty Lecturer appointment at Yale's Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine.

To learn more about the Avielle Foundation, please visit:


"Weaving Hope with a Faith That Does Justice"
An Interfaith Social Justice Convening Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018 
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Anima International Foundation*** of the 
Sisters of Social Service Communityin partnership with our lead sponsor NETWORK, invite you to our Interfaith Social Justice Convening Day. 

This event is for all those who care deeply about social justice and who are passionate about challenging  the great inequalities being created by our current political realities.  

We invite you to join us for this engaging day devoted to social justice actions and collaborations.  This event will give everyone the opportunity to learn, reflect, 
network, create potential collaboration, and share effective action strategies for making personal and organizational responses to urgent issues. We hope our convening will also build a community of solidarity in which we can strengthen how we can, together, put faith into action.

To register for the event,  please click below:



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Weaving Hope with a Faith That Does Justice 
is a project of the Anima International Foundation (Anima) in partnership with our lead sponsor,  NETWORK,  and the Holy Spirit Retreat Center


Anima International Foundation (Anima)  is the newest initiative of the Sisters of Social Service Community. Founded in 2017, Anima empowers innovative and contemporary ways of responding in solidarity to those whose human rights and dignity are diminished by the violence of persistent poverty and injustice, especially women, children, immigrants and refugees. Anima does this in partnership with the most vulnerable through humanitarian aid, direct service, advocacy and building capacity building, collaborative solutions.
Sisters of Social Service
4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 91436
(818) 285-3355 

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