Jan. 18, 2013: You can even HEAR peace in Concordia

January 18, 2013 by

By the Year of Peace Committee

Since the Concordia Year of Peace began in September 2009 — or, more accurately, since it was proclaimed by then-Mayor Greg Hattan — there have been a wide array of very visible (and very peaceful) components.

Patrick Sieben

This column, for example. The Blade-Empire published the first Year of Peace column on Sept. 25, 2009, and from that Friday through Dec. 31, 2010, there was a column every week. We even published a book of those first 15 months worth of columns.

Then throughout 2011 and 2012 — and now into 2013 — there have been two columns a month, on the first and third Fridays.

And every month throughout that same time frame — nearly 3½ years now — there has been a Year of Peace radio spot on KNCK in Concordia.

There have been films and book studies; we’ve had National Night Out for the past two years in August; we’ve had booths at Fall Fest and even a float; we’ve had buttons and T-shirts and signs in merchant’s windows. And for three years we’ve asked citizens to make a public statement by signing the Civility Pledge. (We’re doing that again this year, by the way; civility never goes out of style.)

All very visible signs that folks in Concordia — a name derived from concord, of course, meaning harmony — are serious about peace.

But there are a couple of less visible signs that most Concordians may not be aware of, even though they’ve been a part of the Year of Peace from the very beginning.

When the Year of Peace Committee was first coming together in early 2009, members talked about all kinds of activities and events, and even themes. As the committee got ready to kick off the idea during Fall Fest 2009, Sue Sutton thought we really needed a song to go with that theme — and she even had a songwriter in mind.

Sue volunteered Patrick Sieben, and within just a couple of days, the Year of Peace had its theme songs.

Here are the lyrics for “A Little Piece of the Peace”:

Get a little piece of the peace
and pass it on to each other.  
Give a little piece of the peace
to ev’ry sister and brother.

Verse 1:  
Happiness and freedom all over the land,
this is what we like to see;
the people of the planet living together
in peace and harmony. (Chorus)

Verse 2:
Ev’ry where a story of hatred and strife,
darkening the brightest day.  
A better way of living is loving each other
so let me hear you say: (Chorus)

Composer Patrick Sieben leads a sing-along of     “A Little Piece of the Peace” at the Nazareth Motherhouse on Sept. 18, 2011.

“A Little Piece of the Peace” has been performed a number of times, including once by Patrick  during the International Day of Peace Fair at the Motherhouse in September 2011. (Just to get the tune, you can listen to a not-very-good-quality video of that on YouTube; just CLICK HERE to see it.).

Patrick’s second song is titled “The Power of Peace.” Here are the lyrics:

Verse 1: 
We live in this world here together
in a time of concern for us all. 
And so many sad faces in so many places
may cause our hearts to stall.

Days are coming for all mankind
when hate is banished and war shall cease. 
All the people on earth will find
the gift of love in the power of peace.

Verse 2:
With violence and hatred abundant
we must carefully watch where we tread. 
But the hope for all people is that we might unify.
Peace to all instead. (Chorus)

Both offer powerful messages — and “A Little Piece of the Peace” has such a catchy tune that you might even find yourself whistling it.

If there are other peace activities or events that you’d like to suggest — or if you would be interested in joining the Year of Peace Committee to help spread the message — we’d love to hear from you. Sister Jean Rosemarynoski can give you more information and answer any questions you have; contact her at 785/243-2113, ext. 1225, or sisterjean@csjkansas.org.




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