Friday, June 4, 2010
In this video, Jeremy Gilley explains how he got every country in the world to adopt his idea of World Peace Day, which First Parish has been celebrating with 24-hour Peace Vigils since 2004. The official World Peace Day is always September 21, but we celebrate the weekend before, to enable more people to participate.
This year our vigil is scheduled from 1 pm Saturday September 18 to 1 pm Sunday September 19. A tentative schedule will be posted on the blog soon, and will include music, food, poetry, dance, meditation, and religious services -- all celebrating peace.
Consistent with Gilley's vision, the First Parish vigil celebrates and advocates peace, rather than protesting or dwelling on war. The Peace Vigil Committee meets periodically to update the schedule, and encourages participation in the vigil itself, extending the vigil to other parts of the community, and supporting related activities, particularly service projects that might be organized on September 21 itself. Contact Betty Gilson or James Hayes-Bohanan (jhayesboh--AT--bridgew.edu) with any questions or suggestions, and watch this blog for further developments.