The Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council, with Main Street Methodist Church, Oasis Women's Center, and Bread for the World is sponsoring a free seminar on the problems of violence, hunger, homelessness, ill-health and poverty.

The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 23 at Main Street Methodist Church in Alton.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, also at no charge. The event is open to all members of the community.

Featured speakers will include Reverend Jame Hahs from Main Street Methodist Church, Reverend Tim Pate and Pastor Lisa Guilliams from Granite City, House of Hope Shelter Director Dani Robinette, certified healing touch practitioners Ruth Ann Meyer and Chaplain Jo Greenwood, client services team coordinator Marcy Jacobs from the Oasis Women's Center in Alton, and a representative from Bread for the World.

Bread for the World was started by Reverend Art Simon, a Lutheran pastor and brother of the late Senator Paul Simon, as a Christian organization to review, analyze, and suggest changes to the federal budget and U.S. policy.

"Bread" seeks ways to improve the safety net for the poor. Once these are identified, "Bread" asks churches to contact their congressmen and senators to support these improvements.

On display at the seminar will be the Oasis Women's Center's Madison County Clothesline project.

This is part of a national initiative that began in 1990 by a coalition of women's groups in Massachusetts who wanted to find a unique way to take statistics about violence against women and turn them into a provocative, educational and healing tool.

In the public display, a clothesline is hung with tee-shirts. Each tee-shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her.

For more information, contact Reverend Jame Hahs at Main Street Methodist Church at 618-462-2495 or by email at jame@mainstreetumc.net, or Tina Culp 618-465-1978 or email at tinaculp@oasiswomenscenter.com.

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