REVISED SCHEDULE: Sunday event brings together four faiths for peace

September 15, 2009 by

A commemoration of the International Day of Peace this Sunday will feature prayers from Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims and Protestants.

The day begins with 11 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Concordia, followed by lunch with the sisters. Those planning to be there for lunch are asked to RSVP by Friday, Sept. 18, to Sister Esther Pineda, 785-819-2762.

At 1:30, there will be a Christian prayer and reflection, led by the Rev. Sandra Moore of the First United Methodist Church. That will be followed by a Buddhist prayer and reflection, led by members of the Buddhist Temple of Kansas in Salina, and then a Muslim prayer and reflection, led by a student at Cloud County Community College. A closing ecumenical prayer that includes all the faiths represented is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be available in the Motherhouse dining room after the service, which is open to people of all faiths.

The United Nations’ International Day of Peace — marked each year on Sept. 21 — is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, “Peace Day” has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small. The Motherhouse event on Sunday is presented by the Sisters of St. Joseph Justice and Peace Center in Salina.

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