The 2020 Peace Pole will be dedicated at Mt. Calvary AME Church, Concord on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. Rev. Idola Batson invites everyone to attend this special event to be held directly after the “Parking Lot Praise” worship service, which begins at 10 a.m. Please wear your mask. Mr. Daniel Hopkins will offer a special song of peace, and Ms. Francene Joseph will read her peace poem. Rev. Batson will officially accept the Peace Pole, and Ms. Emma Trammell will deliver a special message.
This will be the fifth Peace Pole planted in Sussex County by Mac Goekler, a member of the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, and a longtime peace activist. Mr. Geokler’s vision is a vast field of Peace Poles all over Sussex County to remind people to envision and work for peace and justice. Each pole has the words, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four different languages printed on its sides.
The Peace Pole dedication caps off Peace Week Delaware 2020 which took place virtually Oct. 3-11. Peace Week 2020 was the fifth annual in a state-wide series of events and actions raising awareness and hope for peace in our community, nation, and world. While Peace Week Sussex County had an in-person Peace March in Georgetown, the rally was rained out; however, recordings of the messages from some of the speakers, as well as Belief as it Relates to Action for Peace, a multi-faith panel of local clergy, are available on the Peace Week Sussex County Facebook page. In addition, entries for the virtual photography exhibit, Generations for Racial Justice are being accepted now through Oct. 23, and will be displayed Nov. 15-30, 2020.