Campaign Nonviolence organizers in Salt Lake City, UT Jane Baker and Catherine Kreuter recently took part in a walk through downtown Salt Lake to raise awareness about gun violence. Catherine described the event below and also sent along a great Youtube video from the walk.
The Episcopal Church Bishops of the U.S. are in Salt Lake City for their Triennial General Convention, 6/28 through 7/3. On the first day, Sunday, they led a one mile peace walk downtown to call Americans to “CLAIM COMMON GROUND AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE”. Wearing vibrant red robes, in brave defiance of an already very hot desert morning, they made a festive swath of color under a clear and richly blue sky. American flag colors calling attention to a very American problem—gun violence.
Several women—known to one another through the St. Ambrose weekly peace prayers group, the Engage nonviolent living study group, and through the St. Ambrose peace and justice committee—shared a joyous excitement at being together at another group’s peaceful uprising in Utah. Previously they held an event with the climate activist Tim DeChristopher. We walked with two thousand people (!) from the Salt Palace to Pioneer Park (and back) on June 28, 2015, beginning at 7 AM.
Participants were asked to forego conversation, to refrain from littering, and to sing together a prayer refrain while walking. The words of the prayer, sung in repetition for the duration of the walking, brought tears to many eyes and hope to many hearts. Here the words: Out of the depths I call unto thee, O Lord Consider well the sound of my longing soul.
It was for us women friends a deeply moving experience, and we treasured the intent of the gathering as well as the privilege of walking and praying with our Episcopalian brothers and sisters on this momentously important occasion!
Below is a video from the recent SLC, UT event.
Catherine and others will be participating in the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions in September this year, as they did last year. The event will be on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 3 PM at the Tracy Aviary amphitheater in Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Gandhi Alliance for Peace will hold a birthday party for Mohandas Gandhi. Anyone and everyone interested is invited to attend!
The event features music and musicians, the performance of dances of India, the community planting of a tree as gift to the Aviary, and the announcement of the recipient of the annual peace award granted by the Alliance to a deserving peacemaker. Come join us!