Lynchburg's First Peace Fair Held Sept. 21
On Saturday, September 21, Lynchburg saw the launch of an event that will hopefully become an annual tradition. Various peace-related groups from around the city gathered at the Church of the Brethren as participants in Lynchburg’s first community-wide Peace Fair. Held in conjunction with the International Day of Peace, the event also marked the 30th Anniversary of the Lynchburg Peace Education Center (LPEC), dedicated to encouraging action and education on peace and justice issues from a local to worldwide level.
The fair was a joint project of the participating groups, including LPEC, Church of the Brethren, Legacy International, Harmonic Waves Wellness Center, The Peace Practice, World Community Education Center and Church of the Covenant St. Francis Groups. The afternoon program included a message for cultivating peace within, presented by Rev. Mary Sue Purcell, as well as information booths, videos, a “pinwheels for peace” craft project, and refreshments. The purpose of the fair was to inform the public about ideas and local programs that encourage ongoing efforts that are being made in moving our society toward a culture of peace.
Special thanks go to Jan Ramsey and the church hosts, Jeff and Jennifer Foust-Meyer, who spearheaded the organization and legwork needed for the fair. As more and more world citizens become aware and involved in cultivating peace in our turbulent world, we will embody the wish of Mahatma Gandhi, to “be the peace we wish to see in the world.”
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Thanks To All Our Phone-a-Thon Donors!
"If the only prayer you ever said in your whole life was "thank you", that would suffice."
- Meister Eckhart
Our annual phone-a-thon fundraiser has finished and we want to send out a sincere "Thank You" to those long-time and new supporters who have contributed to our campaign. In these difficult times we are especially appreciative of the dedication of donors who make a commitment to support peace efforts in the community, and we offer our heartfelt gratitude.