Peace March Sept. 20

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Coming Soon: March for a Culture of Peace
Sunday Sept. 20 – 3:30 pm
Cool Spring Park

MCP_2015_datedsquareWhile the focus at church is (rightly) on Ingathering, many of us are looking beyond this celebration to the week ahead—and the second annual March for a Culture of Peace.

This year, the broad coalition of faith and community groups called Movement for a Culture of Peace has decided to march through one of the city’s most troubled areas—West Center City. Judy Govatos, Marie Oakberg, and Jeff Lott are members of the Movement’s steering committee. First Unitarian Church is a principal organizer of the Movement and the March.




Brother Terry Walls of Wilmington Peacekeepers (left) with Jeff Lott at the Peacekeepers Childrens’ Rally in July. The Movement for a Culture of Peace has brought together dozens of faith and nonprofit groups that envision the transformation of Delaware from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

The march will begin and end in Cool Spring Park, one of the city’s gems. So if you don’t feel able to walk the 1.2 mile route through city streets (map is here), you may remain in the park for the rally that follows the march.

The march steps off promptly at 3:30 and the rally will begin at about 4:30. Jeff Lott will co-emcee the rally with Chandra Pitts of One Village Alliance. It will feature drumming, musical performances, and three brief talks by community leaders, including Attorney General Matt Denn.

If you have a bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirt or hat, wear it to the march. (SSL gear will be on sale Sept. 13 at the Ingathering Picnic and again the morning of Sept. 20.) With high visibility, First Unitarian will be walking together behind our Standing on the Side of Love banner.

Volunteers Needed:
Contact Jeff Lott if you can volunteer to:

  1. Carry our banner (need two or three families to take turns)
  2. Organize carpools to and from the march (one person, good with email)
  3. Sell Standing on the Side of Love gear after church on Sept. 13 and 20
  4. Take photos at the march (particularly of First U marchers)
  5. Work behind the scenes at the rally (PA system will be loaned by FirstU)
  6. Set up and take down stage (it’s heavy and we could use a pickup truck)
  7. Clean-up crew in the park after the rally

Don’t worry. We’ll think of more! But the most important thing for you?



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