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