The Franciscan Peace Center in Clinton Iowa held a Stop the Hate/Show the Love Walk Sept. 18th and 19th to celebrate diversity in the community and encourage area residents to live together in peace and harmony.
Lori Freudenburg, one of the organizers, said that they had about 75 people show up. After the walk they released Monarch Butterflies. Then, they showed the movie “Occupy Love” – A film that shows that love can unite as much as greed can divide.
The next day – The International Day of Peace – they had programs in their Chapel which included meditation, Buddhism, The Life of St. Francis, and other “peace-mongering” topics! We also had 5 other churches who participated that day by opening their doors for quiet meditation as well as one showing the movie “Romero.”
The Franciscan Peace Center celebrated the International Day of Peace on Friday, September 19th with a day filled with prayer, meditation and music at The Canticle – home of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa. The day started with prayer and a reflection from Sister Nancy Miller, followed by guided meditation led by Marcia Flory, R.N. and Usui Reiki Master Teacher. Rev. Duane Larsen of St. Paul Lutheran Church led us in song, and a Mass was conducted at 11am. Sister Michael Marie Burns gave a reflection on “Franciscan Prayer – a Gospel Way” and Sister Marilyn Shea spoke about St. Francis the Peacemaker. A trio from Lyons Methodist Church sang and led prayers and the day concluded with a presentation from Buddhist April Wise. The local newspaper, The Clinton Herald, carried this story, read it here!
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