Wednesday, September 7, 2011

24 Hour Celebration for Peace in Bridgewater

This year, much of humanity will conduct the largest global observance of the International Day of Peace ever. The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981. Its mission is to provide a common time for individuals, organizations, and nations to create practical acts of peace on or near a shared date, September 21st. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. In recent years, this observance has included significant portions of humanity due to the proliferation of technology via the internet and cell phones.

The 7th Annual Celebration for Peace in Bridgewater, Massachusetts will take place on September 17th and 18th at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street. Held in concert with the United Nations International Day of Peace, this 24 hour community event includes children's programs, music, a round-table discussion at Bridgewater State University, poetry, and peace-themed services from various spiritual traditions. Guest Minister Reverend Michael Walker from Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton will deliver the sermon on Sunday morning, preceded by acclaimed acoustic guitarist Peter Janson. More information and a complete schedule of events can be found here.

This year, special guest Shay Kelley of Project5050 will be visiting Bridgewater as a part of the Celebration for Peace. "Voluntarily Houseless", Ms. Kelley is living in her truck, traveling to all 50 states in 50 weeks, collecting donations and distributing them to those most in need. Her stop in our area is in aid of two Brockton organizations: School on Wheels, which collects school supplies for homeless children, and A New Day, a homeless shelter for families who have experienced domestic violence. On Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM, Ms. Kelley will join the Social Justice League of Bridgewater State University and the Celebration for Peace at BSU's Saint Basil's Chapel to give a talk on the work of Project5050.

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