Two wards join: Family Peace Festival

RICHMOND, Va. — Two wards from the Richmond Virginia Chesterfield Stake took part in the Family Peace Festival, an inter-faith commemoration held at the Bon Air United Methodist Church memorializing the tragic events of 9/11/2001.

The idea for the event started when the Methodists formed a peace march to a nearby Islamic center as a goodwill gesture just a few days after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The gesture was so appreciated that the Islamic Center delivered 100 long-stemmed roses to the women and children of the Methodist congregation.

This started an effort to bring multiple faiths together in a program of exhibits, seminars, children's activities and performances. Among the other groups involved were the Islamic Center of Virginia, Midlothian Friends meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Baha'i of Richmond, the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship and the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond.

Performing for the Church were 50 Primary children from the Clover Hill Ward and a professional entertainer, Russell Rowland, of the Midlothian Ward.

"The children really enjoyed learning the music and participating in this community event," said chorister Kim Bracey. "I told them what a wonderful opportunity it was for each of them to share their testimony of the gospel through music."

A seminar about family home evening was presented by the Dave and Katie Wilson family of the Midlothian Ward. Their presentation with their three sons consisted of an explanation and demonstration of family home evening.

"Everyone involved in the Family Peace Festival felt that an important contribution had been made toward the goal of promoting peace by increasing tolerance and understanding among those of different faiths," said Carol Gill, media relations specialist for the Richmond Virginia Chesterfield Stake.

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