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Faith and violence topics for Discovery Hour

Published 4:19 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2014
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The Saint Luke's Discovery Hour at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the Parish Hall will feature Jack Calhoun, who will speak on "Faith in Action in the Violence Arena: The Faith Community's Role in Preventing Violence and Crime."

He will also discuss his faith journey and how it has played an essential role in his life's work.

Calhoun directs the 13-California City Gang Prevention Network for the National League of Cities and serves as senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for its National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence. He is CEO of Hope Matters and the author of "Hope Matters: The Untold Story of How Faith Works in America."

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Calhoun U.S. commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, overseeing such programs as Head Start, foster care and adoption. He helped to write the landmark Child Welfare and Adoption Act of 1980.

He was vice president of the Child Welfare League of America and, in 1983, the first president of the National Crime Prevention Council, where for 20 years he focused on building vital communities and involving youth as positive community change agents.

Calhoun earned a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's degree in theology from the Episcopal Divinity School and a master's degree with honors in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Saint Luke's Parish, 1864 Post Road, can be reached at 203-655-1456 or www.saintlukesdarien.org.