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YS to celebrate International Day of Peace

All over the world, people are getting ready to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Friday, Sept. 21. Yellow Springs is no exception, and the village will be celebrating with a few special events of its own.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, the community is invited to participate in “Be Well — Be the Peace!,” a silent meditation hour in recognition of International Day of Peace, at 100 Corry St. The event is part of a global observance called “BeThePeace,” which features public meditation and prayer events in hundreds of cities worldwide, starting at 6 p.m. in local time zones. The event, led by local meditation teachers Denise Runyon, Tom Malclm and Lynda Terry in collaboration with the Yellow Springs Experience Wellness Fair Weekend, is free and open to all at any experience level. Participants may want to bring a cushion, pillow or a lightweight folding chair. For more information, contact Lynda Terry at 937-767-1239. For more about BeThePeace global events, visit www.bethepeace.com.

The Presbyterian Church and the Friends (Quaker) Meeting will hold a service to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. The program will be held at the Presbyterian Church. Bill Meers, of the Dayton Peace Museum, will speak on this year’s theme, “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” Rev. Derrick Weston, minister of the Presbyterian Church and director of the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College, will talk about the spirituality of peacemaking. Dr. Carl Hyde, an activist against the death penalty and a member of the Friends (Quaker) Meeting, will focus his remarks on the injustice of the United States penal system. The program also features the Peace Choir conducted by Cathy Roma, director of the acclaimed Muse Choir of Cincinnati. Additionally, the Presbyterian Church choir will perform. Refreshments and conversation in Westminster Hall will follow the program.

For more information on the International Day of Peace, visit www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

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