Bluefield College will be recognizing an International Day of Peace with a series of student-led observance activities, Thursday, September 21, 2017.
Members of the community are invited to join the college in its Peace Day events, which will include a Spoken Word for Peace at noon, Prayer for Peace at 3 p.m., and the showing of a documentary at 6 p.m.
"The idea is to promote a culture of peace in our community," said Dr. Maria Zalduondo, director of BC's Global Education Program. "Many organizations around the globe will be joining in some sort of observance. That is why we have events planned for the day. All are welcome."
Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on the 21st day of September. Peace Day provides a globally-shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.
During Bluefield College's noon Spoken Word for Peace, students, faculty, staff and local residents will be invited to read or share reflections on peace. The readings will take place outside on the front steps of BC's Lansdell Hall (or inside Easley Library in the event of inclement weather). The Spoken Word portion of the day will also include the singing of "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" by Bluefield College alumnus Chaz Stonestreet.
The Interfaith Prayer for Peace will begin at 3 p.m. around a Peace Tree on campus, designated by the school's Art Department. At the same time, students, faculty and staff will place messages of peace written on ribbons around the Peace Tree.
"Many of the ribbons have messages written in different languages," said Dr. Zalduondo.
Coordinated by the college's Global Education Program in conjunction with its Honors Program, English Department, Art Department and Art Club, BC's International Day of Peace activities will conclude with the showing of a documentary titled "The Uncondemned: Rwandan Women Who Changed History" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. inside Harman Chapel. The documentary, also open and free to the community, tells the 1997 story of an underdog group of lawyers and activists who prosecuted rape as a crime against humanity and of the women who braved witness assassinations to testify. A discussion will follow the film.