‘Hope For Peace Day’ Shares Vision

May 19 at EMU was set aside for hope.

Nearly 200 people celebrated “Hope for Peace Day,” which brought 125 to campus to join Summer Peacebuilding Institute learners in Saturday workshops, forums, storytelling, youth activities, music, dance and fellowship — organized by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Katherine Morgan adds a symbol to the 'welcoming table' at the opening ceremony of 'Hope for Peace Day.'Katherine Morgan, Staunton, Va., adds a symbol to the ‘welcoming table’ at the opening ceremony of ‘Hope for Peace Day.’
Photo by Jim Bishop

An opening ceremony paired flowers with qualities symbolized, such as black-eyed Susans signifying justice; dahlias, eloquence.

Citing grass-roots peacebuilding successes, CJP faculty member Lisa Schirch said,”We keep getting asked, when can we go to higher levels?”

Security and Foreign Policy

The “3D Security Initiative” attempts that, Dr. Schirch said in a workshop titled “Influencing US Foreign Policy”