Blue Mountains Peace Vigil April 24th

by Sarah Daniel

On April 24th we will be holding a Peace Vigil in Katoomba to pay our respect to peacemakers, mourn the devastating effects of war, and to kindle the fire of peace within our own community. Peace is an active process. It is not something in the future, it is something we take part in now. It starts in our communities as we strive for justice for humanity and Mother Earth. This means respectful and honest acknowledgement of the history of place and country, beginning with recognition of the frontier wars and the continued struggle for sovereignty of the first nation Peoples.

Program

Kindling the Peace Fire 5:30pm, Katoomba Community Gardens: Lighting the fire of peace and opening with Jacinta Tobin and Rosemary Morrow. Followed by offerings of music from our community while we light lanterns and prepare to walk.

Carrying the Light of Hope and Peace leaving Katoomba Community Gardens at 6:30: A lantern walk up to the Peace Memorial, Civic Place Park. BYO lantern (or come and make one this Sunday 19th at Kindle Hill School – 14:00–18:00)

Silence and Singing for Peace, Peace Memorial at 6:45: Shakuhachi Flute by Bronwyn Kirkpatrick and a moment of reflection, followed by community singing. If you would like to come and learn some songs we will have a song sharing session on the 19th (details below).

Soup, Stories and Song by the fire, 7pm onwards at the Katoomba community Gardens. BYO blanket, torch, chair, mug, spoon, stories and songs to share. (please be aware there is no lighting in the garden).

Preparation for the Peace Vigil, 19th of April at Kindlehill School 2pm: The Blue Mountains Free School will hold a lantern and art making session, followed by a poetry workshop, and song sharing circle.
Free School film Screening: Waging Peace, 19th April Kindlehill School 6pm: Waging Peace is a documentary about peacemakers in Australia. There will be soup available by donation.

Contact Sarah for enquiries @ sarahs_not@hotmail.com or on 0422652830

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