Interfaith Council Pleads for Peace

September 23, 2008

Author: Justin Graeber

Source: Duxbury Clipper

Rev. Catherine Cullen’s final words echoed across the Millenium Green Saturday afternoon: “We can guarantee we’ll be back next year –– unless, of course, there is world peace.”

The remark drew a chuckle from the crowd, but it was a reminder to those gathered at the Duxbury Interfaith Council’s Peace Vigil of the monumental nature of their stated task. The vigil was held as part of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global day where individuals, communities, nations and government highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

“By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of humankind to work in cooperation for this goal,” said Cullen, who is the pastor at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church.

The vigil involved religious leaders from Duxbury’s varied religious community, and scripture readings and other speeches were punctuated by song, a Tibetan chant and the Jewish tradition of the blowing of the Shofar horn.