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Interfaith Service and Discussion at Dominican Center

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Women of many faiths will speak on how their faith traditions instill values of peace in the community.
In support of the International Day of Peace

In support of the International Day of Peace

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Prayer Service and Discussion Sunday, September 16

In support of the International Day of Peace, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are hosting a prayer service and discussion. All are invited to Dominican Chapel at Marywood this Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. A prayer service will begin at 2:00 - 3:00 pm with discussion and questions. Refreshments will be served after the service in the lower level from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. This year, women of many faiths will speak on how their faith traditions instill values of peace in the community and home. Located on East Fulton and Lakeside, NE, free parking is available on Lakeside. Please link to map to view location of the DCM east parking lot and entrance to DCM. (This is also the entrance for the Dominican Chapel).

About the UN International Day of Peace

The annual observance of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, was proclaimed by Mayor George Heartwell to “commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The Institute for Global Education has planned several important community events to celebrate and observe peace here in Grand Rapids in connection with this international day of observances around the world.

1. A Peace Festival at Eastown’s Annual Street Fair, on Saturday, September 15, 9:00--8:00 p.m. where families can merge justice and fun, learn and practice peaceful win-win activities.

2. A Week of Peace Education by proclamation from the Grand Rapids Public Schools, September 15—22 (now in its 28th consecutive year) in the public schools with a program guide from the UN IDP website containing age-appropriate activities for observing peace and celebrating people of different cultures.

3. Hands Across the Cities Grand Rapids and Mizak, Haiti. September 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 11 Fuller SE. Inspired by the work of Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI), Grand Rapids artisans and justice workers will share practical ways to create peace through art and friendship.

The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a UN-designated "Peace Messenger Initiative" with participants in all the world's regions. Its purpose is to unite the strengths of organizations and individuals who are working to make Peace a practical reality. The highlight of the Initiative is International Day of Peace (Peace Day), which is celebrated annually on September 21. On this day, millions of people worldwide come together to create one day of Peace.  Learn more about the Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) at their website.

submitted: Rosemary Steers, Dominican Center at Marywood

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