30 Days of Peace observance continues

Courtesy Photo Liz Cavanaugh and BJ Sander of the Alpena Senior Citizens Center created this Peace Pole that will be dedicated there on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.

Alpena will see the dedication of another Peace Pole during this year’s 30 Days of Peace observance, which began Sept. 11 on Patriot’s Day and continues through Oct. 13 with a wide variety of activities.

The pole will be dedicated Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center, where it is being installed in the garden area at the front of the senior center building.

Peace Poles already exist on the grounds of six area churches, Alpena City Hall, Thunder Bay Junior High School and Rotary Island, but unlike those more uniform poles, this one features a unique design.

The other poles follow the original concept of declaring the phase, May Peace Prevail on Earth, on each of four sides and in four different languages. This newest testament to the cause of peace was created by senior center staff members Liz Cavanaugh and BJ Sander.

“Peace is very important in my life,” Sander said. “I’m a very spiritual person. I worked with Liz, and together we’ve been painting the pole and doing the lettering on it. We chose four very powerful words for our Peace Pole.”

Those words include empower, engage, enrich and enlighten.

“We chose these four particular words because that’s what we do to bring peace to our seniors’ lives,” Sander said. “That’s what we do here at the center.”

Besides the Peace Pole dedication ceremony, next week’s 30 Days of Peace activities also include a Sacred Creation Taize Service and a screening of the movie, “Mother Theresa.” According to Alpena Peace Coalition member Carol Skiba, the Taize Service has become an important part of the month-long peace observance because it speaks to the heart of the matter.

“We as a peace group define peace as anyone who reverences and cares for all people, all creatures and all creation,” Skiba said. “This service expresses a deep appreciation and gratefulness of the pristine creation we’ve been given and asked to care for.”

Through chanted songs, reflective readings, candlelight and moments of silent meditation, participants are mindful of the sacredness of creation, she said.

Next week’s movie focuses on the life story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a selfless missionary who brought hope, love and salvation to the poorest of the poor.

All events are free and open to the public. Next week’s schedule is as follows:

∫ Sept. 24 – Sacred Creation Taize Service, 5 p.m., United Methodist Church

∫ Sept. 27 – Peace Liturgy, noon, Trinity Episcopal Church

∫ Sept. 28 – Dedication of Peace Pole, 1 p.m., Alpena Senior Citizens Center

∫ Sept. 29 – Screening of “Mother Teresa” movie, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church