Community gathers to celebrate a day of peace

September 18, 2017 by

A crowd of about 60 people gathered in the auditorium at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia on Sept. 17 to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in celebrating an International Day of Peace.

 

The featured presenter was the Rev. Janai-Robinson-Makarov, of the Concordia Lutheran Church. Her presentation was entitled “Now the Time has Come.” A link to a transcript of her presentation is included below for those unable to attend the event.

Now The Time Has Come International Day of Peace

“It was an exceptional prayer,” said Sister Anna Marie Broxterman.

This year, the International Day of Peace focused on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. The theme was “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” This theme was based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

People from around the area joined the event, coming from as far away as Abilene and Assaria, said Sister Jean Rosemarynoski.

The celebration included fellowship, prayer, meditation, music and a peace walk. Refreshments included foods from a variety of countries, including Mexico, Ireland, Guatemala, Germany, Italy and Brazil.

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is a holiday traditionally observed on Sept. 21. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.
For more information about the International Day of Peace, visit www.un.org/peaceday.

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