GENEVA – The International Day of Peace, observed annually on Sept. 21 across the globe, will also be observed from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St., Geneva, according to a news release.
The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create acts of peace on a shared date.
In the spirit of peace, diversity and humanity, several local faith groups combined efforts to host this year’s local International Day of Peace event: “Diverse Voices: Come Listen & Converse.”
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors in Geneva, the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles, and the Islamic Center of Kane County in St. Charles organized this year’s event in Geneva, which is free and open to the public.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. with opening comments followed by a discussion on “The Muslim Experience in the Tri-Cities,” with Haroon Qureshi and other members.
A “Tri-City Environmental Panel” discussion will begin at 3:15 p.m. with Ralph Grathoff, chairman of the St. Charles Natural Resource Commission, Jay Womack, Geneva Natural Resources Committee chairman and Batavia 5th Ward Alderman Abby Beck.
Children’s Peace Activities will be open to children ages 4 and up during this time, include making a peace day mosaic quilt.
The afternoon will culminate with a Diverse Music for Peace concert, with performers from a variety of faith-based and other groups. The performance included will be an opening dance with Jane Siarny & Friends from InterPlay Chicago, musical performances from Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions, with a closing performance by Yolanda Lozano on crystal bowls.