Northwest Unitarian Univeralist Congregation
1025 Mt Vernon HWY, NW,
Sandy Springs, GA 30327
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
A discussion on where we go and what we do post-Sandy Hook.
Join Alice Johnson, Gun Safety Georgia, Kathryn Grant, The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, attorney Michael Manely and Reverend Terry Davis, Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation for "Gun Violence Reduction," a discussion on where we go and what we do post-Sandy Hook.
This event is open to the public.
About the Speakers:
Alice Johnson has led the legislative effort to reduce gun violence in Georgia since 1993. She became involved with the issue as a direct result of working with high school students in her role as Executive Director of the Jean Childs Young Institute for Youth Leadership, a position she held for twelve and half years. Ms. Johnson heads both the non-profit, Georgians for Gun Safety, and Educating Georgians for Gun Safety, which seeks to provide guidance to local communities and law enforcement on violence reduction strategies. She credits her commitment to gun violence prevention to the young people and police officers she has known who face the dangers of community violence everyday. She has consulted on public safety issues to the Atlanta Police Department and the City of Atlanta. She convened the CitySafe Summit: Taking Action on Illegal Drugs and Guns in 2005 and 2006 for Mayor Shirley Franklin. Ms. Johnson received her undergraduate degree in English and Secondary Education from Mundelein College at Loyola University/Chicago, and a masters degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. March Committee, and participates in the Fatality Reduction Initiative against domestic violence. She is a member of the 12th class of the Atlanta Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy.
Kathryn Grant is the Community Catalyst for the Georgia chapter of The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus. Advocating common sense gun policy, Kathryn works to educate students, teachers, and administrators about proposed legislation that would allow guns in schools. Founded in 2008 by Andy Pelosi in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the Campaign has since formed a national community of over 355 colleges and universities in 40 states that stand in opposition to guns on campus, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). A graduate of the Valdosta State University Honors College, Kathryn received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, and Japanese). She is the recipient of the 2012 Roger N. Pajari Award from the Georgia Political Science Association for her research work on gun legislation in Georgia and has presented at numerous academic conferences including the Southern Political Science Association.
Attorney, Michael Manely has practiced law for over 23 years, and handled over 2,000 cases. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and federal courts in the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and The United States Supreme Court. Michael has built a progressive practice and a reputation for winning difficult, controversial and high profile cases. Michael has become one of the most sought after international family law attorneys in Georgia and the southeast. Michael graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1989 in the top 25% of his class. He was Student Bar Association President, Lead Counsel of two YLS Georgia Championship Mock Trial Teams, and named Outstanding Student Litigator by the American Board of Trial Advocacy.
Reverend Terry Davis, Northwest’s eighth called minister and first settled female minister, brings broad experience to her role, including management, marketing, development and pastoral care expertise. Prior to arriving at Northwest in August 2012, Terry served as Minister of Pastoral Care for Eliot Chapel, a 550-member Unitarian Universalist congregation located in St. Louis, Missouri. There she oversaw Eliot’s pastoral care program, as well as provided guidance and support to Eliot’s small group ministry program and hospitality team. She also led adult Sunday worship services and a monthly “children’s chapel” worship service for Eliot children in grades K through 5. Terry graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. She completed a one-year chaplaincy residency program at Emory University Hospital Midtown in 2009, where she served as the maternity center and women’s health chaplain. She was ordained at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, where she was a member for 20 years. In addition to her responsibilities at Northwest, Terry also serves on the board of trustees for the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, one of only two UUA-affiliated organizations. Prior to pursuing UU ministry, Terry had a 25-year career in marketing and communications, including 15 years as founding CEO of an Atlanta-based communications firm whose clients included The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, UPS, the United Way, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and other corporations and nonprofit agencies.