Last year’s Art of Peace Festival is being expanded from a daylong event to a weeklong event this year, and features a diversity of activities to recognize the importance of efforts toward world peace.
On Sunday, area places of worship are being asked to take a moment during services to offer a blessing for peace.
At 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Tyler Public Library, a screening will be held of the film “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.” The film follows a teacher and his fourth grade class as they learn how to better make a difference in the efforts toward world peace.
The “Peace Meal” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Veranda Restaurant in the Ramada Inn on 3310 Troup Highway.
The Peace Meal is an effort to bring together a “diverse cross-section of the Tyler community - representing the various racial, cultural, and religious identities that make up our community,” according to the website.
Registration for the dinner is required by Sept. 14. The dinner will be $10 per person.
East Texas story-tellers will gather at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the patio at Fresh to tell stories of peace.
A “Prayer on the Square” event will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday. Local religious leaders will gather and pray and a proclamation for Peace from the city and other events will be featured.
Friday is the International Day of Peace, declared by the United Nations. Global celebrations include a moment of silence at noon.
A peace art display will be featured at the Gallery Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m. during the Tyler Artwalk. Keep Tyler Beautiful will help make origami peace cranes out of recycled materials and give away wildflower seed.
An Art of Peace Worship Service will be held from 11 to 12 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler. The event will include peace-themed worship. Katz will speak and Anne McCrady will read the winning poems of the “Speak Your Peace” poetry contest. Tyler Unity Center is also hosting a peace service on this Sunday. The community is invited to attend.
“Peace is not something you simply think about, pray for and talk about,” Katz said. “Peace is something that you actively have to construct, build, mold, and nurture. It certainly takes our hearts, but it also requires our hands.”