On Jan. 8, the third anniversary of the shootings in Tucson in which six were killed and 14 others injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church will host a special interfaith prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Bloom Music Center.

The service will include prayers and readings from a variety of faiths and cultures, augmented with musical meditations.

This will not only mark the third anniversary of the Tucson shootings, but is designed to help everyone affected by gun violence to move to hope and action.

Patricia Maisch will be the preacher. Maisch is a businesswoman from Oro Valley. On that day in January 2011, she attended Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner event at the Safeway, where she grabbed a fresh clip away from the shooter as he attempted to reload.

As a result of the shooting, she has become an advocate for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. She has testified before a U.S. Senate Committee, rallied at NRA conventions and spoken at shooting memorial events. The service is being sponsored by the St. Philip’s Committee for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

The service is free and open to the public.

St. Philip’s will also sponsor a special forum at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 12 in the Murphey Gallery. In a “community conversation” format, the dialogue about how to prevent gun violence and how it relates to mental illness will be continued.

St. Philip’s Committee for the Prevention of Gun Violence and St. Philip’s Mental Illness Ministry will be present to provide resources and information.

St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.

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