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Wonderful Events; More to Come!

Official International Day of Peace on Wednesday

We are in the throngs of another world-leading Peace Day collaboration. Events focused on peace building have reached thousands of people in the Miami Valley, with the official kickoff on 9-11 with the Peace Heroes Walk, the veterans cleanup of Greencastle Cemetery, a garden event on Salem Avenue, and Marianne Williamson at Urbana (which this week proclaims officially as a city of peace!). This week, more extraordinary actions from all sectors of our community — education, celebration, reflection, and just plain appreciation for the peace we relish in Dayton. The world is watching. We are setting the bar high. Many other cities around the globe are using the “Dayton Model” of collaboration and multiple venues as a guide to bolster a culture of peace in their community.

Please attend others’ events. Much appreciated.

Tuesday, September 20

2:00 p.m. Welcome Dayton reception for the Peace Day Delegation from Pirwadhai, Rawalpindii, Pakistan, meeting with the Dayton Pakistani community, Tour of the City Building, and reception by Commissioner Joseph, Melissa.Bertolo[at]

6:30 p.m. “Lighting of the Miamisburg Mound” and Global Feast for Peace, sponsored by the Fiver Rivers Chautauqua, 900 Mound Rd., Miamisburg, Ohio. For info: Tom Bensman, t.bensman[at]

Wednesday, September 21

From dawn and other times during the day, “Faith-Based Bell Ringing for International Day of Peace” where all faith-based churches, synagogues, mosques, ashrams and others ring the bells for peace. For info: Tom Bensman, t.bensman[at]

9:00 a.m. Students from the DAYTON JOB CORPS CENTER will host a Peace Walk beginning at Dayton Job Corps Center 3849 Germantown Pike on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 kicking off at 9:00am, as part of the national, Job Corps student-led anti-violence initiative, Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace. The Walk coincides with the Y2Y mission to promote anti-violence initiatives both on- and off-center. For info: Terry Cooper, Cooper.Terry[at]

12:00 p.m. Reception for 19-year old Kainat Khan, Youth Ambassador for Peace and leader of the International City of Peace in Pirwadhai, Pakistan at the Dayton International Peace Museum. For info:

5:30 p.m. 2nd Annual Peace Day “Heartfulness Meditation” on Courthouse Square; 5:30 Yoga; 6:30 Meditation; Bring a water bottle and your own yoga mat or blanket. Free and open to the public. For info: dayton.oh[at]

7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion “Is the Death Penalty an Idea Whose Time has Passed?” featuring two women who lost family members to murder, Melinda Elkins-Dawson and Rev. Crystal Walker, plus former Governor Bob Taft and local defense attorney Jon Paul Rion. Sponsored by the Miami Valley chapter of Ohioans to Stop Executions, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, and the Catholic Social Action Office. Summit Christian Church, 4021 Denlinger Rd., Dayton, Ohio. For info: Bob Stoughton, stoughtonb1[at]

Dayton Metro Library regular house. “Pinwheels for Peace”. Drop in and make a pinwheel, then add it to the collection for display outdoors on International Peace Day, September 21. All supplies provided and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, September 22

6:30 – 8 p.m., Autumn Equinox Prayers for Peace & Earth Care & October Native Plant Labyrinth Walk” at the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC), St. Joseph Hall, Mount St. John. Park in Lot C. RSVP: (937) 429-3582 or meec[at] Directions under Visitor Information:

Saturday, September 24

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Peace Alliance booth at the Springfield Culture Fest, downtown, celebrating as part of Campaign Non-Violence Week. For info: Peggy Hanna, peghanna[at]

Tuesday, September 27

5:30 p.m. “Ministering in the Mercy Mode” with Msgr. East at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville. A light dinner will be served, donation of $10. Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office and Weavers of Justice and proceeds go to the Choice Food Pantry. Laurie Cornett Cross, (937) 223-7217

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