The Charlotte Red Bench Garden Cooperation Circle, a member of the United Religions Initiative commemorated the International Day of Peace with the erection of a Peace Pole on September 21.
Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, located at 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, hosted the event in September 21, 2017 at 11:00 am in partnership with Charlotte Red Bench Garden, Central Piedmont Community College, Refugee Support Services, Charlotte Community Kitchen, Catholic Charities, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, and Cross Cultural Counseling; the residents of St. Andrews Homes and the Merry Oaks Community.
The Peace Pole was erected in the garden inscribed with words of peace from various languages, including Nepali, Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, French Creole, Karen and Farsi, among others.
Charlotte’s community artists, Kate Hinen, Gracie Hinen and Shannon Drennan, led this artistic expression of peace which will permanently stand as a token of Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte’s mission of feeding mind, body and spirit.
Prayer ribbons were also tied to the fence as part of the celebration and anyone that was interested in offering silent prayers for peace was welcomed to share in this moment of meditation and reflection.
The partners at Galilee Center work together to address our community’s needs for education, counseling, and nutritional assistance. Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte also partners with Christ Central Church to support the senior residents of neighboring community, St. Andrews Homes by creating social activities.