Pace e Bene

  • Sign Up for Email Updates


    Pace e Bene on FacebookPace e Bene on Facebook

Episcopal Bishops Lead Walk in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by Ryan Hall
06.30.15

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!

Recent Posts

Spotlight Stories arrow

A Call to Mobilize the Nation Through 2018

by Ryan Hall // Campaign Nonviolence

By Rev. John Dear.

While the media and the nation sit transfixed over the Trump scandals and attacks on democracy, those of us who work for justice and peace know that we have to keep working, resisting, and mobilizing people across the country if we are going to have the social, economic and political transformation we need for our survival. read more

Read More

No Just War

by Erin Bechtol // Campaign Nonviolence

By Sandi Dollinger // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice   Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance is not an easy train read. It is, however, a “Must Read” and very compelling. In a culture where war is taken for granted, whether … read more

Read More

Nonviolent Lives Book Review

by Erin Bechtol // Pace e Bene

  Review by John Smith This book is an inspiring catalogue of contemporary compassion, courage and conciliation. It is largely USA centered, but it includes a few individuals with an international reputation, such as Wangari Maathai.  Among the 35 names celebrated … read more

Read More
Image 01 Image 02