[IMC-Boston-Dispatch] Fwd: [SMUJP] The Prayer Flag Project Davis Sq. March 19
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Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 00:23:58 +0000
Subject: [SMUJP] The Prayer Flag Project Davis Sq. March 19
THE PRAYER FLAG PROJECT TAKES FLIGHT IN SOMERVILLE:
INTERFAITH SYMBOLS OF PEACE TO FLY IN DAVIS SQUARE SUNDAY, MARCH 19
March 7, 2006, Somerville, MA: Members of Somervilles Clarendon Hill
Presbyterian Church and Congregation Bnai Brith are joining together to
create and display Peace Flags as a symbolic representation of their shared
commitment to peace. These handmade flags will fly as part of a march and
vigil for peace on Sunday, March 19 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in Davis Square.
This interfaith collaboration is part of The Prayer Flag Project which
borrows from the ancient Tibetan tradition of creating and hanging flags
inscribed with prayers which are then picked up by the wind and carried all
over the world. The project is also reaching out to Muslims and other faith
groups in Somerville.
This is a creative and beautiful way to express our mutual longing for
harmony, believes Clarendon Hill Church Pastor Karl Gustafson. He was
approached with the idea of joining the Prayer Flag Project by Susan
Berstler, director of ARTSomerville (which has an art gallery at the
church). The churchs Peace, Justice and Mission Committee then approached
Temple Bnai Brith with the idea.
For more information:
Liz Cavano, 617/426-4783, x147 or lcavano at eco.org
The synagogues Social Action Committee embraced the Prayer Flag project as
a creative expression of our faith and our hope for peace, according to
Ruby Poltorak, a committee member. We are delighted to be sharing this
project of peace with another faith community in Somerville.
All are welcome to explore what peace means to them by participating in the
march and vigil, or by making peace flags at tables set up with pre-cut
fabric squares ready to decorate, inscribe and hang in the Square.
Temple Bnai Brith is home to an independent egalitarian congregation with
historical roots in the Conservative movement. The Temple shares a
reverence for the traditional texts, languages, and ways of life of the
Jewish people, coupled with an awareness of the many ways in which they may
be interpreted. Membership reflects the wide variety of choices people make
in living Jewish lives, and is respectful of those differences. Any who
care about enriching Jewish life in Somerville and surrounding communities
The synagogues Social Action Committee works with the community for tikkun
olam (repairing the world). The committee organizes discussions on issues of
Social Justice, of local, national and global political interest. As part
of its involvement with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, it has
been mobilizing members around the campaign for affordable Health Care. For
more information on the synagogue, call (617) 625-0333.
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church is a Peace with Justice church, working
for justice and peace in the community and the world. Celebrating racial
and ethnic diversity across generations and the equality of women and men in
word and deed, it is a more light church, which supports the full inclusion
of gay and lesbian members within its diverse and active community. Since
1926, Clarendon Hill has served the towns of Arlington, Medford, Somerville,
and greater Boston. It is a part of the Boston Presbytery, the Synod of the
Northeast, and the Presbyterian Church, USA. Weekly worship is held at
10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday School and child care are offered, as well
as programs on current issues, retreats, classes, potlucks, and social
gatherings. For more information on this or any other issue related to the
church, please call Pastor Karl Gustafson at (617) 625-4823.
The Prayer Flag Project is an extension of The Faith Quilts Project, a
three-year initiative bringing together faith groups and quilters to
collaborate on quilts which explore their faith and reach out to the wider
world. On April 6, 2006, an exhibition of 60 Faith Quilts will open at the
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. For more information, visit
www.faithquilts.org. Artistic Director Clara Wainwright is also cofounder
of the First Night New Years Eve celebration.
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