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UTM Interfaith Center plans peace pole

UTM Interfaith Center plans peace pole
The Interfaith Student Center at UT Martin will hold a peace pole dedication ceremony on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
A peace pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer, “May peace prevail on Earth” on each of its six sides. The message is repeated in 12 different languages including English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Cherokee, Swahili, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.
“Our hope is that the peace pole will help to unite all members of our community by calling us to work and pray for peace,” Interfaith intern April Merritts said.
According to the Peace Pole Project, which manufactures the monuments, there are tens of thousands of peace poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments of peace. They serve as constant reminders for individuals to visualize and pray for world peace.
The dedication ceremony will begin with a peace meal potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the monument will be installed and dedicated at 6:15 p.m.
The event is part of a semester-long emphasis on peace. Each weekday at 5 p.m., individuals gather on the Interfaith front lawn to pray for peace. Students are also crafting a peace quilt, which will be auctioned off in the spring to fund a peace initiative. Weekly worship services are also focused on practical methods for achieving peace individually, communally and globally.
The Interfaith Student Center is located on the eastern edge of the UT Martin campus at 312 Lovelace Ave.
For more information, contact Rev. Jolinne Balentine-Downey at 587-2603.

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