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June 18, 2022

The Interfaith Peace Project continues its ongoing observance of the International Day of Peace, September 21, by sending out a reflection on the twenty-first of every month. We invite you share in this effort by sending any articles or information that you would like to share to:
 
Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P
[email protected]
925-787-9279
 

We pause for a moment to remember and celebrate the great people of history who defended and fostered the human rights of all people. We are especially moved by those who spent their lives pursuing the Beloved Community in which we might live in peace and mutual respect (Thank you, John Lewis). We recognize and cherish the self-sacrifice of so many who give us the hope that one day soon mutual respect might be a reality.

Many people who have suffered greatly have been a source of great blessing to others. Think of Nelson Mandala, Sojourner Truth, and the African American Slaves. Juneteenth (June 19th) is rapidly becoming an international observance. The delayed announcement of emancipation (Galveston, Texas, 1865) now celebrates the heritage, culture, and courage of a people who suffered cruelty, hatred, and enslavement.

Juneteenth is now a conscious part of American history, and its observance is one more step in the honest portrayal of America’s past sins as we seek a more just and loving future. May the ideals of freedom promised to a few become the reality of all.

Throughout history, people have risen up in the cause of what is good and right. It is customary on Juneteenth to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  It is an anthem of hope and courage. Consider these touching words the next time you find yourself with a broken-heart:

 Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won

Let us lay aside the weapons in our hands, may we dispel any hopelessness in our hearts, let us embrace the light of our souls as we stand up for what is right, just, true, and beautiful. 


Notice
 
As things begin to return to a new normal, we at The Interfaith Peace Project are here for you in any way that you need us. The Antioch Center is now open to fully vaccinated people on Wednesdays, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are vigilant and will adjust to any and all recommendations from the state and county. We will continue our work through Zoom as we add in person programs. If you would like to schedule an in person or Zoom program or would like a phone appointment with any of us, give us a call. You may call or email Tom at:
 
Tom Bonacci
[email protected]
925-787- 9279