Editors note: The scheduled International Peace Day rally has been moved from Miami Beach to the Stephen P. Clark Government Center building at 111 NE First St. in downtown Miami. The event will happen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The column has been updated to reflect the change.
In 1981, the United Nations created International Peace Day to “strengthen the ideals of peace among nations,” said Marjorie York, a local community/peace activist. She went a step further and came up with the idea of a peace pole as a permanent place for the community to hold peace-related activities.
The peace pole, created by art teachers Winsome Bolt and Denise Marlow, is a hand-crafted monument with carvings of doves and the word “peace” inscribed in eight languages. The Miami Beach Peace Pole was dedicated in October 2013.
The Peace Pole is a reminder that if there ever was a time for us to pursue peace, it is now. With that said, the Miami Dade Community Relations Board (CRB) will celebrate International Peace Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center building at 111 NE First St. in downtown Miami.
“The mission of the CRB is to intervene and reduce community tensions at times of crisis while promoting understanding, communications and respect among diverse groups,” York said. “Our theme of Peace Day 2016 is ‘Let’s Be Building Blocks for Peace: Creating a harmonious Community Where We can Rely on Each Other.’”
Peace Day 2016 promises to be stimulating for everyone, she said. The day’s events will feature activities aimed at strengthening the ideals of peace among a diverse people. It will include a peace march; the singing of peace songs; and other musical, artistic and theatrical performances.
Also, Police Explorers and Youth Council directors and students from area middle- and senior-high schools will participate. Elementary- and middle-school students from the area will create symbolic drawings of peace that will be displayed at the botanical garden. Peace signs made by the students will be used for the march. A brown-bag lunch for children and adults will be provided by Miami-Dade County Schools and the Beach Witch.
After the activities, the CRB will have its monthly general membership meeting at 2 p.m. and community members are welcome to attend. York said the meeting’s agenda will include “a conversation about ways to promote peace in our community” and members of the community will be invited to comment.
If you are unable to attend the public celebration of International Peace Day at the botanical garden, the CRB wants you to know that engaging in Peace Day can take place privately, as a part of a group, or as a participant in an event or program.
For more information and for ideas on ways that your or your organization can join the celebration and to see more about what others are doing, go to internationaldayofpeace.org.
SWEET HOME MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Members of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St., Perrine, invite the community to join them in the celebration of the third pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Theo Johnson. The celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 with a midweek worship service to feature the Rev. Anthony Reed and the Martin Memorial Church Family.
On Sept. 23, the celebration will continue with the 2016 Sweet Home Spirit Fest. Billed as a night of music, poetry and laughter, the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature comedian Broderick Rice; the gospel singing group The Milk & Honey; singer/songwriter Roxanne Trissia; spoken word artist Rudy JeanBart; and the Sweet Home Sanctuary Choir.
Rice, who has worked close to three decades as a comedian, is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, author and motivational speaker. He has performed with gospel greats such as Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, the Winans, CeCe Winans, Kurt Carr, Israel Houghton, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett and actor Tommy Ford.
The anniversary celebration will culminate on Sept. 25 with worship services at 7:30 and 11 a.m. The Rev. Emory Berry II, former pastor of Sweet Home’s Christian Education, currently serving as pastor of the Fourth Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, will preach at both services.
ROSH HASHANAH HOLIDAY PACKAGES
Jewish Community Services of South Florida will deliver its 10,000th Rosh Hashanah holiday packages on Sept. 18 during its annual Milk and Honey Jewish New Year food program for home-bound seniors.
The Milk and Honey program makes the holiday season sweeter for those seniors who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Funds raised support the JCS Kosher Meals on Wheels, Senior Meal Sites, Home Shopping Program and the JCS Kosher Food Bank.
Hundreds of JCS volunteers assemble and deliver gift baskets filled with food and other items specially chosen for Rosh Hashanah to over 600 seniors throughout Miami-Dade County. Most recipients are JCS home-bound clients who depend on the agency’s meal delivery program or have free hot kosher lunches at one of the five meal sites or at JCS Senior Adult Center. Their average age is in the early 80s. Many are Holocaust survivors.
The Mildred Pallas Levenson Endowment Fund underwrites the gift baskets.
From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, volunteers will meet at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., to assemble the food baskets. Deliveries to home bound seniors will be from 10 to 11 a.m.
For more information and to register as a volunteer visit, jcsfl.org/milkandhoney
DEATH PENALTY SYMPOSIUM
Miami First Church of the Brethren, in conjunction with the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University, will sponsor an all-day symposium on the death penalty titled “A Death Penalty Symposium: Where Do We Go From Here?” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The focus of the symposium:
▪ To hear the account of those who have a personal experience with the death penalty.
▪ To have an opportunity to explore current laws, facts and information.
▪ To enable participants to have a number of ways of joining in the journey to end the death penalty.
Speakers will include Herman Lindsey, a former death row inmate in Florida, until he was exonerated and freed by the Florida Supreme Court, and SueZann Bosler, a survivor of a brutal attack that resulted in the death of her father, who at the time was the pastor of Miami First Church of the Brethren .
Other speakers are Laura Cepero and Warren Hoskins of Amnesty International, Bill Pelke of Journey of Hope, Hannah Gorman of Florida International University Law School’s Center for Capital Representation, and Bob Gross of the Death Penalty Support Project.
The symposium will be in Room 112 in the Andreas Building at Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Admission is $5 — free for Barry students with ID — and includes lunch.
The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers after their presentations.
For more information, call Brad Ginter at 305-373-1073, ext. 205.
‘LIVING PROOF’ LIVE BROADCAST
Church women are invited to a live broadcast of “Living Proof,” a simulcast with Beth Moore from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, 14800 Ludlam Rd., Miami Lakes.
Registration for the one-day event begins at 7:30 a.m. The simulcast intends to empower and lift up women in faith, and will be broadcast to all over the country and include Bible study, teaching and worship, as well as the opportunity to connect with like-minded women.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Tickets cost $20. Register online at www.hopemlumc.com/bethmoore. Call 305-821-7274 for more information.
MODERN-DAY BIBLICAL STORY
“Whipped,” the modern-day story of the biblical characters Hosea and Gomer, will be performed at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday in Lehman Theatre at Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave.
The play, written and produced by Tracie Bonnick, tells a story of love, scandal and faith as Hosea, a preacher, struggles with his cheating wife, Gomer.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased at www.whippedmiami.eventbrite.com. Group tickets are available by calling 854-228-5536.
EXTRA MILE WALKATHON
Christian Homes for Children will have its Extra Mile Walkathon from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Amelia Earhart Park, Shelter 7, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah.
You are invited to put on your walking shoes and walk two miles in support of abused and neglected children throughout South Florida.
Christian Homes for Children welcomes support from entire families, church groups, school groups and civic organizations. Walkers will receive free T-shirts and refreshments.
For pledge forms and more information, call Mary Menzies, executive director of Christian Homes for Children, at 305-825-0517.
The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 54th independence anniversary on Aug. 31. And on Sunday and Monday, local members from the island community at Christ the King Catholic Church in Perrine will have a Thanksgiving Mass and Healing Service to commemorate the milestone.
The Thanksgiving Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday will be dedicated to the memory of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the late Rev. Reginald Hezekiah, who served as pastor of St. Charles R.C. Church, Tunapuna, Trinidad. The Healing Service begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The Rev. Alan Hall of Trinidad will be the celebrant with the Rev. Leslie Tang Kai of Tonago as the co-celebrant. The worship services will also feature Kay Pierre, musical director, and Kevin Millien, musician, from Trinidad.
The Thanksgiving Mass and Healing service has become a tradition for the South Florida Trinidad and Tobago community. Last year, more than 500 people, including the Caribbean Consular Corps, attended the services.
Christ the King Catholic Church is at 16000 SW 112th Ave.
COMMUNITY FIRESIDE GATHERING
A Community Fireside Gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Bah’a’i center, 9300 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 209.
This month’s topic is “Universal Love” and the event will be hosted by Andrew Moo, an instructor at Miami Dade College who serves as administrator in the College Prep Department.
The event is open to the community. Light refreshments will be served after the discussion. Call 305-915-7247 or visit MiamiBahai.org for more information.
Also, the center will host a Community Devotional at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25. There is never an admission charge or a solicitation of funds.
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