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Prayer at the Fargo Peace Pole

Posted by Erin Bechtol
09.26.17

Submitted by Cathy Schwinden in Fargo, ND

Our Peace Pole at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo was given to the fifteen years ago, one of the first in Fargo – Moorhead.  To celebrate this week of peace, I invited the teachers at Nativity Elementary School to take their students on  a “mini-field trip” to the Peace Pole with me.

I visited ten classrooms, kindergarten to Grade 5, where we talked about what they could do to create a peaceful classroom.  We then walked to view the pole, defined the word “prevail” (“May peace prevail on earth.”) and discussed possible reasons why the other three languages – Spanish, Lakota and Arabic – were chosen. I then asked them to intentionally be a peacemaker – in the classroom, in the lunchroom, on the playground or at home – by taking at least one peaceful action on this day.

We ended our visit by joining hands and offering a prayer for the children of the world who are not living in a peaceful home or community, with special emphasis on the girls who are not permitted to go to school.

Part of the 2017 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions

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