The TRUE Christian Perspective on Waging Peace vs. War (Reflection at the end of first Peace Week Delaware)

For 15 years I have been traveling from Wilmington DE to Philadelphia to be a part of a large interfaith, peace loving, just culture movement and the many meetings offered by groups there.  I became involved particularly with the Philadelphia Walk for Peace and Reconciliation that was started after 9/11 from vision of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim activists who wanted something good to come out of such tragedy.

What's Up with 13

Some say avoid 13 at all costs

The Interfaith PeaceWalk debunked that superstition and ushered in our Bar Mitzvah

with overwhelming spiritual showers of blessing! 

Turning 13 has great significance:

moving from tween to teen,

enlarging expectations, seeking to have a greater voice, 

becoming more aware of the world around you………and its brokenness.

And starting to take responsibility for reconciliation.

13 in dog years equates to being a senior citizen.

Peace - a Poem by Children at Al Aqsa

Peace

Peace is an act of humanity

An act of kindness

That should be brought upon everyone

Peace, peace, peace

Islam meaning peace

Peace meaning faith

Peace meaning interlocking within religion, culture and ethnicity

Diversity amongst the world

Equal but yet separate is what we lived through for many years

An expression that touches many of us so dearly

Nothing in life comes easy

So the thing you may have to do is go that extra mile for it is worth it

So don't be afraid

Channels of Peace

For 13 years we’ve been having these now. The Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. Growing out of the example of an Albuquerque, New Mexico Rabbi and Imam whose congregations’ walked the 6 miles from their mosque to their synagogue in a show of post 9-11 fraternity, we tried something similar. We added a Christian church and in 2004 we were off to our first peace walk. Over the years we’ve been to many Philadelphia neighborhoods...to West and Southwest Philly, from Center City to Kensington, to Germantown and Roxborough, to Overbrook and so on.

Peace Walk Planning Meeting

Visitors are invited and welcomed to our monthly meetings which occur on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Al Aqsa Islamic Academy:

1501 N Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122 - map

May the Band Play On

Peace Drums Steel Band Comes to Philadelphia

There were about 20 of them. Muslim, Jewish and Christian middle school kids from the Galilee region of Israel. They call themselves the Peace Drums Steel Band and their mission is to promote reconciliation and peace among its members and among Jews and Palestinians. 

IPCR 4th Annual Professional Exchange - Women Peacebuilders

Sponsored by Arcadia University's International Peace & Conflict Resolution Master of Arts Program 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Registration Deadline: Monday April 18, 2016

Click Here to Register

AGENDA

8:30am: Continental Breakfast (Mirror Room, Grey Towers Castle)

9:00am: Opening Remarks and Panel (Rose Room, Grey Towers Castle) 

A Young Person's Perspective on the Peace Walk

Everyone is pure, unique, loving, and important. We don't always act that way, but we all are loving and beautiful people inside. No one is born a racist. No one is born a homophobe. No one is born a terrorist. Yet, this kind of behavior is all too frequent in the world.  You always hear these stories about little kids who don't see any difference between people of different races or cultures or religions. They’re happy to play with all kinds of kids. But sadly, as they grow up, they are taught to fear those who are different. They are taught to stereotype.

2016 Peace Walk

2016 Interfaith Peace Walk.  More info here

Peace Walk Planning Meeting

Visitors are invited and welcomed to our monthly meetings which occur on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Al Aqsa Islamic Academy:

1501 N Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122 - map

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