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September 16, 2009 > Day of Peace holds local observance

Day of Peace holds local observance

By Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By courtesy of Louise Lynch

In theory, peace would seem to be what everyone wants and values; yet it is not easily attainable, and is ever elusive.

On September 21, in an effort to shine a worldwide light of awareness on wars and conflicts around the globe, and to focus on peaceable endeavors, International Day of Peace will be celebrated.

Created in 1981 by the United Nations to mark the opening of the General Assembly, the event has been gathering support and momentum each year.

In Fremont, the organization Pax Christi (Peace of Christ), part of an international Catholic peace organization, is sponsoring the local observance of International Day of Peace at the Holy Family Motherhouse.

Pax Christi was first established in France in 1945 as a means of reconciliation between the French and the Germans after World War II. It has chapters in more than 60 countries working on the issues of human rights, peace building, education and spirituality.

According to local member Faye Butler, Pax Christi is committed to the study and practice of non-violence. The chapter with current members from Fremont, Union City and Hayward, is open to anyone who is interested. The group meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Holy Family Motherhouse. Participants have studied and learned about peace activists, leaders, and writers such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Mandela.

After discussion and consideration, the group decides to act on certain issues like feeding the homeless or protesting against the death penalty and nuclear weapons.

"We are a very social justice-oriented group and it really nourishes me to gather with people who are pursuing the same goals and working to bring peace to our world," says Butler.

On a grander scale, the entire international community will be engaged and focused on a myriad of activities for involvement in this universal peace day. During the 24-hour period, the United Nation's main purpose, of ending war for future generations will be emphasized by global telecasts on radio, television and the internet.

Hours of programming and live streaming will be seen from various locales around the world. Main websites and will provide information and highlight organizations and individuals who are working to create a better and more peaceful world.

This historic event will conclude with a one-hour television special on the day's ceremonies from UN Headquarters in New York, featuring various peace activists, people of note and celebrities.

Join our community's celebration in support of world peace and do what you can to make a difference for future generations.

In the words of Mother Teresa, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

International Day of Peace Observance
Monday, September 21
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Holy Family Motherhouse
154 Washington Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 791-8186

Gathering at Peace Pole on grounds
All are welcome.

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