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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Celebration for Peace

Bridgewater Celebration for Peace
The Seventh Annual Bridgewater Celebration for Peace will be observed with a new expanded program. The traditional 24 hour Peace Vigil will be held from Sat., Sept.17 at 1:00 p.m. through Sun., Sept. 18 at 1:00 p.m. with activities and programs at First Parish and Bridgewater United Methodist churches. All are invited to make banners and doves before the Saturday Procession around Bridgewater Center at 2:00 p.m. This will be followed by Peace Games for children, creating a Sand Mandala and other activities. After a light supper there will be Peace Offerings, a program especially geared for children. The movie "Peace Pilgrim" will be shown at First Parish and Sacred Dances for Peace will be held at the Parish Hall of Bridgewater Methodist Church. At 9:00 p.m. there will be a special Peace Program at First Parish followed by the Fire of Forgiveness. Throughout the night the church will be open for silent meditation.

At 6:00 a.m. on Sunday there will be a Sunrise Meditation. After breakfast will be a service of Sufi poetry. Before the morning worship Peter Jansen will play Gathering Music. Rev. Michael Walker of Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton will be the preacher at the morning service. Rev.Walker and his parishioners will then join us for a Peace Picnic in the lane. At 1:00 p.m. we will gather round the Peace Pole for the closing ceremony of the vigil.

However this year there's more! Mon. evening Sept. 19 a special Round Table will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University (BSU). The topic will be "Work with Street Children" This will tie in with the One Book One Community selection "Dragon House" by John Shors, a novel about street children in Vietnam.

Tues. evening Sept. 20 back at First Parish all are invited to a Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 p.m. back at First Parish where our guests will be International Students and Staff from BSU.

On Wed., Sept. 21 EarthView, the amazing globe that Vernon Domingo and James Hayes-Bohanan have shared with us the past two years, will be on display at BSU. Watch for more details so that you can take a stroll through. Later in the day we will be presenting the gifts and donations gathered to the two charities "School on Wheels" and "A New Day". Shay Kelley of Project 50/50 will be here to help distribute these donations. At 7:00 p.m. Shay will speak about her inspiring work traveling around 50 states in 50 weeks to gather gifts for those less fortunate. Her program will be at a BSU location TBD. (See

There's a lot to participate in and we certainly need to be thinking of peace in all its aspects - personal, local and global. Come find some peace during this celebration.

1. Donate to help "School on Wheels" and/or "A New Day" See weekly church emails or contact Betty Gilson for information.
2. Attend the programs and activities.
3. Help with the Peace Picnic on Sun., Sept. 19. Contact To St. Thomas, who is our chief host and coordinator, at 508-697-8637.
4. Come to the Tues., Sept. 20 Pot Luck and bring a dish of typically American food. This will be a crash course in American Cuisine for our International guests. RSVP
5. Join us for the finale and hear Shay Kelley's inspiring story.

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