Peace Day Philly 2014 Gathering

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
9:30-11am; 11am – 12:01pm; 12:01 – 1pm
People’s Plaza – South side of Market Between 5th & 6th St., Philadelphia

Join us as we connect with each other and people across the world for our Peace Day Philly 2014 gathering! Participate in all or any part of the activities as you wish.

9:30am -10:15am – Free vinyasa style yoga*
10:15am – 11:00am – Free Be The Peace Meditation**
11:00am – Peace Day Philly Program – will include global and local reflections on peace and healing, declaration on our Right To Peace, performance by Aschak and The Earth Day Kids, music and collaborative art activities.
12:00 noon – Minute of Silence for Peace (global activity in all time zones)
12:01pm – 1:00pm – Participatory Drum Circle – All welcome to join.***
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* Peace Yoga offered by Elyse Venturella – In Vinyassa yoga, the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath.
**Peace Meditation -“Be The Peace You Wish to See in the World” Mediation with Jeff Carreira – If we want to witness the source of violence in the world we only have to look inside. Our inner world is often a commotion of criticism, judgment, blame and insistence on having a problem. We do violence to ourselves in subtle ways everyday. There is a source of peace that always already exists even in chaos. To be the peace we see in the world we must rise above the violence we habitually do to ourselves. In this session Jeff Carreira will introduce a form of meditation called “The Practice of No Problem” that shows how we can become the peace we want to see in the world.
*** Drumming facilitated by Philadelphia Area Community Drum for Change. Bring your own drum and chair, if possible. For those who don’t have a drum, the group will have extra instruments!Learn more about the inspiring and unifying improvisational form of a drum circle, CLICK HERE.

Also part of xCultural Passport Week.

International Day of Peace, Medford Lakes NJ

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
10:00am – 1:30pm

The Protestant Community Church
100 Stokes Road, Medford Lakes, NJ 08055

A time of reflection – and contemplation on what each can do to bring peace to our community, the world, and ourselves. The Rev. Bob Moore will provide a morning worship centering on a call to peacemaking, followed by interactive workshops, forum on decreasing gun violence, community lunch and musical closing service.
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Co-Sponsor: Coalition for Peace Action

There is no charge for this program, however RSVP’s are greatly
appreciated. Please call 609-654-4220.

Footprints of Peace

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
11am – 4pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia

Tickets: $10 per person; Access Card holders: $2 (up to 4 people); STAMP card holders, free. Admission is free for Penn Museum members, PennCard holders and children under 5

We invite you to join us for this spectacular and life-affirming celebration, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE of Peace Day Philly 2014.

In a city, a country, and a world where violence is too often in the news, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE brings together a multigenerational lineup of concerned poets, musicians and other artists, plus Philadelphia children and families, in a call for and celebration of peace.
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Philadelphia’s Sonia Sanchez, an internationally renowned peace activist, lends her vision and hosts a joyful and transformative day designed for all ages. Among the artists musicians, and poets scheduled to appear at the event include American singer and television actor T.C. Carson; poet and hip hop artist Black Ice; composer/performer Karma Mayet Johnson; poet, abstract painter and Founder/VP of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Danny Simmons, Jr.; and Philadelphia’s new youth poet laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah.

The event includes the art and poetry of hundreds of Philadelphia children, many of whom worked with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s “Peace is a Haiku Song” curriculum materials throughout the summer.

The presentation of a Peace Warriors certificate and the unveiling of a new City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Peace Bench for a community location—celebrate a brighter future as they mark the intentions of the day.

To download the flier, CLICK HERE

The Right To Peace & Environmental Justice Rally

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)

A support rally for International Day of Peace/Peace Day Philly and the People’s Climate March – The largest environmental march in history, demanding action as the World Climate Summit opens at the United Nations.

Speakers include: Bob Smith, Brandywine Peace Comm., Father Michael Doyle, Camden 28. Folksinger: Tom Mullion
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Sponsored by: The Peace Community at Sacred Heart, Campaign Nonviolence (Pace e Bene), Center for Environmental Transformation and Brandywine Peace Community.

P3: Philadelphia Plays for Peace

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Edgeley Field, Diamond Street and E. Reservoir Drive – off of Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park. Plenty of parking and SEPTA accessible.

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World Cup style final tournament will also include activities for kids provided by  the Philadelphia Union and community organizations. P3 is a collaborative group of organizations including the United Nations Association of Greater Phila. and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA).

Also part of xCultural Passport Week.

Hip-Hop Sanctuary

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
1:15pm – 3:15pm

Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (Southwest side of the Square)

Hip-Hop Sanctuary “Peace You Seek, Peace We See” asks, What is the role that music plays in our lives, in our community? How does it help us reach the answers to meaningful questions in our lives?
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Featuring DJ John Morrison and Spoken Word Artist Genesis, Hip Hop Sanctuary seeks to connect those invested in Hip Hop Culture, and offer a space to process life. This event will explore striving for peace.

This is an all ages event, but be advised there may be explicit and difficult material.

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Brundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt

Peace Day, September 21
3:00 – 4:00pm
Old Saint Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley (near 4th and Locust Sts., Old City)

An original, inspiring version of a children’s opera that tells the story of the children who gave 55 performances of the opera Brundibar in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII. Free will offering.

“Opera was meant to be a human experience, a form that could transform society,” said Saillant. “The children understand that we’re all singing a prayer for peace. We’re taking small steps, one child at time understanding.” - Karen Saillant, Artistic Director

Presented by International Opera Theatre
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Article: Why Philly Children are Passionate about Brundibar and the Children of TheresienstadtCLICK HERE

Lives of Commitment: Working for Peace

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
3:30pm – 5:15pm

Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (Southwest corner)

Julie Rainbow – author, playwright and oral historian – got to know the Granny Peace Brigade, and in this film depicts the group’s commitment to a life-time of hard work for peace and justice. Ms. Rainbow will lead a post screening discussion, and Evelyn Alloy and Sherm Libovitz, both active in the Grannies, will add some of their experiences. Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Ethical Society, will add additional perspective. More info: 215-510-3465.
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Newsworks Article, May 2014 – CLICK HERE

Concert for Peace

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
First Presbyterian Church In Germantown
35 W Chelten Ave, Phila.

Philadelphia Sinfonia and Keystone Boychoir, two organizations supporting the development of young performers and global citizens, again join in collaboration to present a Peace Day concert. Selections, both classical and modern, from last year’s concert included I Need You To Survive and Da Pacem Domine. Free Will Offering.
Germantown Concert Photo

For the concert flier, CLICK HERE.

See Philadelphia Keystone State Boychoir’s video, CLICK HERE
See Philadelphia Sinfonia’s video, CLICK HERE

From Philadelphia Sinfonia’s Artistic Director Gary White:
Our daily interactions with each other shape the world. We must and should learn to interact with each other in ways that show respect and appreciation for all. Peace Day Philly’s message has a great appeal to our local, as well global communities. Our students want to help spread this universal and critically important message however we can.

Music is often viewed as a “common language” we can all share and shared experiences have the power to bring us together and help us to get to know and respect each other. Our musical interactions are often very powerful shared experiences for both our audiences and the performers. Many times long lasting friendships and continued communication and discussion are the result of a concert long after it is over! This helps to bring us all together and better understand and appreciate each other.

Jazz Vespers @ Holy Communion

Sunday, September 21 (Peace Day)
5:00 p.m.

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
2110 Chestnut Street; Philadelphia, Pa 19103

The Warren Cooper Sacred Jazz Quintet invites you to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace with this jazz vespers event. An inspirational closing to Peace Day. All welcome.

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For the flier, CLICK HERE.

Free will offering accepted.