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Interfaith Prayer Service and Silent Peace Walk in Akron, OH

Posted by Erin Bechtol

Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates in Northeast Ohio hosted an Interfaith Prayer Service to observe International Day of Peace on Thursday, September 21 at the Akron Motherhouse. Valerie Shaul, OP; Madeleine Breen, OPA; The Rev. Joseph Kraker; Cathy Lee, Elinore Evans, and Janet Naher Snowden, members of the Buddhist community; The Rev. Carl Wallace, a retired pastor in the United Church of Christ; Surinder Bhardwaj, a state licensed Hindu priest; and Imam Nader Taha, spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, offered prayers.

Local parishioners Carla and Jason Davis, Our Lady of Elms student Caroline Fang, Pearl Redman, and Angel Valentine, and James Geisey, a member of the Baha’I faith, provided music.

After sharing in a litany for peace and singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” those in attendance ended the evening by participating in a Silent Candlelight Peace Walk–carrying signs that read “PEACE” and candles down the driveway of the Motherhouse to West Market Street and back to the front door of the Motherhouse.

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Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017

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