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Another week of activities planned in the name of peace

September 16, 2011
By DIANE SPEER - News Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News

The Alpena Coalition for Peace continues its 30 Days of Peace observance with a varied roster of activities over the next few weeks.

Highlights in the coming week include a service on "Silencing the Drums of War" facilitated by the Rev. Keith Titus at First Congregational United Church of Christ. It will take place Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and feature dramatic readings and music.

"This will be a worship service that involves all the senses sight, sound, touch," said Betsy Adamus, an active participant in the 30 Days of Peace. "Keith spends weeks and weeks of intense planning for this service. It is a highlight of the whole 30 days because it coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace."

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Betsy Adamus light candles for a contemplative prayer service held Mondays at noon at First Congregational Church.

The Rev. Robert Case also will be doing a program at First Congregational on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. His talk is entitled "Looking at War with New Eyes."

"Bob is a scholar and studies all the time," said Carol Skiba, a member of the Alpena Coalition for Peace. "His current reading has been in this area, and he's anxious to share what he's learned."

A film depicting the life of assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is another highlight of the coming week. This 1989 film, called "Romero," will be shown at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church and followed by a discussion.

"Oscar Romero stood up for freedom and human rights," said Sister Catherine Anderson, who has been touched by his story. "He became a thorn to the authorities and while saying mass, was shot. He is still the greatest inspiration in El Salvador."

Other activities for the week are a contemplative prayer service, peace liturgy and open prayer for peace.



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