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Celebration of International Peace Day

More than three dozen area organizations, government officials, and citizens gathered at the Lucas County Courthouse to celebrate the International Day of Peace at noon Friday, September 20, 2019—in view of the statute of former US President and Ohioan William McKinley.

Peace activist Sister Sharon Havelak addressed the gathering, stressing the need for nonviolence, peacemaking, and love of enemy.   “This can coalesce into international grassroots efforts and connections eventually leading to the prevention of war,” she said.

Members of the Social Justice Subcommittee of the Toledo Chapter of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests described the importance of efforts like this to highlight the importance of peace. Ed Hoover: “We talk about Peace and at times it's an ideal that is hard to visualize. Today, we try to show the myriad ways that an individual can take to bring about peace… in our lives, in our community, in our town—ultimately in the world.”

“We need a cultural revolution in all our domestic, social, economic, and political relationships,” Fr. Tony Gallagher said.  “As many have indicated, if one wants peace, one needs to work for justice.    Hopefully our Peace Day and our local march will enhance a community-wide commitment to non-violence and compassion in all aspects of our lives, " Fr. Gallagher added.

Fr. John Blaser, Chair of the AUSCP Social Justice Subcommittee, said, “Peace is much more than the end or absence of violence, conflict, or war, but in order to overcome these agents of separation and destruction, we need Understanding, which allows us to stand-under another in service and humility and not stand over them; Respect, which allows us to honor the dignity and uniqueness of each person regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or religion; and Dialogue, which allows us to speak with and not down to others and helps us discover and honor our common experience and mutually shared ideas.”

The event is inclusive, non-violent, and non-partisan. The annual march in Toledo is in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21), the annual Compassion Games (September 11-23), Pace e Bene’s National Convergence/Moment of Truth in Washington, DC (September 21-22), and Welcome TLC’s “Welcoming America” project.

At the event, songs were song, including “We Shall Overcome.”

Event sponsors:  
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests
Black Catholic Ministry Office, Diocese of Toledo
Broadmead Friends Meeting (Quaker)
Call to Action Toledo
Rev. Larry Clark
Compassionate Toledo
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace, and Justice
Interfaith March for Peace & Justice
Jobs with Justice Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition
Lifeline Toledo United Methodist Church
David Longacre
Lourdes University Campus Ministry
Lucas County Commissioners
Monroe Street United Methodist Church
MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
Ohio Coalition against Gun Violence
Padua Center
Pax Christi at Corpus Christi University Parish
St. Lucas Lutheran Church
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Community
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (downtown)
Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E.)
Sisters of Notre Dame
Sylvania Franciscan Village
Sylvania Franciscans
Sylvania United Church of Christ
Toledo AUSCP Social Justice Subcommittee
Toledo City Council
Toledo Coalition against the Death Penalty
Toledo Police Department
Tree Toledo
United Way of Greater Toledo
Ursulines of Toledo, living in holy relationship
Welcome TLC

2019 marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, prompting the United Nations to set the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace as “The Right to Peace—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

The UN declares this day as devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples with goals of building a peaceful world by taking steps to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere and ensure that their rights are protected through work on a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment, and social justice.

The event was organized by the Social Justice Subcommittee of the Toledo Chapter of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.




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