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“Goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death” were words spoken by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa.
This was the message passed on as the Corona-Norco Interfaith Association commemorated the International Day of Peace.
This event was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Community in Corona, California. Each participating faith presented a topic and tradition of peace. Speakers from eight different congregations shared inspiration on a variety of topics.
- Jessica Quintero from Congregation Beth Shalom spoke on the effect of military on peace keeping.
- Deacon Karen Chavez from St. John Episcopal Church chose William Wilberforce.
- Camille Page from St. Matthew Catholic Church enlightened us on the French Trappist Monks from Algeria.
- Derek Bowen from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke about Elder Jeffrey Holland.
- Dr. Nelroy Jackson from the First Congregational Church UCC and Corona United Methodist Church shared Memories on non-violent Civil Rights Actions.
- Jordan Haynes from the Faith Bible Fellowship remembered Princess Diana and her contribution to world peace.
- Imam Osman Umarji from the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco contributed prayers and traditions of peace.
- Dorothy Day and Dottie Fillipek from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Community also shared messages.
Beautiful music was also a highlight of the evening and featured harpist Joanna Mell, The Children’s Praise Team from The Faith Fellowship Church, Soloist Cherie Petersen and Accompanist Melonie Rainwater from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As each faith gave their individual presentations a single candle was lit and the audience repeated this phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Each candle added a glow and generated a beautiful light.
They were a visualization of each faith and the hope for peace. The light began to grow as more congregations shared in the program until the gathered light formed the “one light lantern”. A symbol of bright force, power and unity. “May these candles represent to us the light of shared memories, the light of comfort and strength, and the light of hope. In memory, comfort and hope God abides now and forever. Amen.”
The members of CNIA which were unable to participate in the program were: Baha’l Faith, Common Ground Spiritual Center, Corona AME Church, Peace Lutheran Church, St. Edward