The community is invited to attend a service of prayer and reflection in celebration of the International Day of Peace on Monday, Sept. 21 at Lake Junaluska Memorial Chapel.
The service begins at 6 p.m. with the ringing of the assembly bell. It will conclude with a candlelight processional from the chapel to the edge of the lake, where a raft carrying a paper crane mobile will be released onto the lake symbolizing the release of prayers for peace for our community and the world.
In addition to the worship service, peace conversation boards have been placed around the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. These temporary chalkboards allow trail walkers to express their own ideas and prayers for peace with the community.
The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981 as a day devoted to strengthening ideals of peace among all people and all nations. The first International Day of Peace was observed the following year, in September 1982. The theme for this year's International Day of Peace is "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All."
Reverend Susan Giles, the dean of the Chapel, will lead the service. All who are interested in promoting peace are invited to attend.For more information, please contact Susan Giles, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Junaluska will also hold a Peace Conference on Nov. 12-15. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference works in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. For more information about the Peace Conference, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center