In celebration of International Peace Day, Saturday, Sept. 21, a Sussex County working group is planning local events for Peace Week Delaware, scheduled to take place throughout the state from Saturday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 29.
“We encourage organizations in Sussex County to join us in creating the fourth annual Peace Week Delaware,” said Don Peterson, coordinator for Sussex County. “They can do this by developing their own programming or by joining with others.” Possible activities include worship services for peace, lectures, films, exhibits, community dinners or music. "We encourage all organizations to be creative in finding ways to celebrate peace,” he said.
Peace Week Delaware is an expanded vision of peace led by the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which began organizing annual peace marches in Wilmington in 2014, and has held monthly public forums on how to achieve peace and address the impact of violence. The week-long event also commemorates International Peace Day and the efforts of the United Nations to achieve international harmony.
The first 2019 Sussex County Peace Week Delaware event will be a concert organized by Seaside Jewish Community religious leader Reb Lisa Levine. The peace concert will take place at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. Levine, a renowned musician and composer, said, "Music is such an important way for us to express our desire for peace in the world. This concert will reflect both the great diversity of our community and our common hope for peace."
The Rev. Vicky Starnes of Epworth United Methodist Church said, "We at Epworth are happy to host the peace concert this year in partnership with Seaside Jewish Community. This demonstrates, in very real terms, that the search for peace is important to all faiths and all people."
The Sussex County working group welcomes churches, schools, libraries, community organizations and others to join the planning effort. To get involved, contact Don Peterson at 703-963-1871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.