Notice During the Covid-19 Outbreak
In solidarity, we at the Interfaith Peace Project stand together in these times of heart break and upset. Some of you may have lost friends or family members. Some of you may have lost your job and your income; some may be working overtime to help with the crisis. Some of you may be home and alone and some may be trying to figure out a new way to live. Please let us know how we can help. If you would like a phone appointment with any of us, give us a call.You may call or email Tom at:
Tom Bonacci
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925-787- 9279
September 20, 2020
Dear Friends,
In honor and celebration of The International Day of Peace, Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P., is sharing a daily reflection from various sources from September 11 to September 21, 2020. Today is Day 10 of those reflections. If you missed some of the reflections, you can find them on our website (under Blogs),
“The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.” 
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Eleven Days of Peace: Day 10
Celebrating The International Day of Peace
The life of “peace” is both an inner journey toward a disarmed heart and a public journey toward a disarmed world. This difficult but beautiful journey gives infinite meaning and fulfillment to life itself because our lives become a gift for the whole human race. With peace as the beginning, middle, and end of life, life makes sense.
John Dear, S.J.
The peace found in the depth of our hearts radiates like concentric circles in the ocean of the World with all its concerns and upheavals.
It is not natural for our hearts to be anything other than broken out of compassion for all suffering beings or joyful in the blessedness we hope others enjoy.
We practice peace in all the affairs of our lives so we may be a source of peace in the World.
Like light shining in the darkness, our peace radiates to calm the World and offer serenity of heart to others. We are truly human and utterly humane when we release the love in our hearts for the sake of others.
We have no attachments other than to be a source of peace in the midst of conflict and division.
Peace begins anew when we see the dignity in those who have failed. Peace has a chance when we risk to be respectful to those who are rude to us. Peace is born again when we do to others what we wish they would do for us. Peace shines forth boldly when we embrace the darkness of the moment with serenity of heart and peace of mind. Peace rises whenever we realize we can be the peace we long for in the present moment.
Today I commit anew to being the peace I seek.
I will confront others, if I need to confront, with compassion of heart seeking only their well-being.
I will release how free and liberated I am when I am no longer motivated by revenge or tempted by retaliation.
I will practice, with an alert heart, peace in every step I take. I will eat peacefully, talk peacefully, pray peacefully, meditate peacefully, and journey peacefully.
I will come to the realization of how blessed I am to be a source of peace for all.
September 21, 2020
7:00 PM
Online by Zoom
Sponsored by:
The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Social Justice Alliance of Contra Costa County
The Interfaith Peace Project
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International Day of Peace Celebration 2020 Schedule

6:50 pm  Welcome and get to know folks
7:05  Welcome, history and opening prayer, as invitation to the practice of peace from Father Tom Bonacci
7:15  Quiet music for the meditative process
7:19  Sing-a-long to Imagine, by John Lennon 
7:26  SOJA Introduction and Welcome, Kristina Martin
7:29  Introduce David Hartsough, Will McGarvey
7:30  Presentation from David Hartsough
8:05  Questions and answers 
8:15  Reading:  Randy Thomas
8:20  Reflection questions:  What did you experience during the program?  Time for a few who have to leave to share…
8:25  St. Francis Prayer in song.   
We will have an option to stay after the song for those who want to stay and share more in reflection and dialogue.