Mary Baldwin University joins the United Nations and people around the world in observing the International Day of Peace with events throughout the day on September 21.

Celebrate #PeaceDay and the 2017 theme of “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.”

Schedule of Events at MBU

International Day of Peace 2017 poster

All day: Share your thoughts about peace! Small, white peace doves and markers will be available in Hunt Dining Hall and the Spencer Center for sharing thoughts about peace throughout the day. Please write what peace means to you or share a quote, and then the doves will be displayed at the Spencer Center as an inspiration to our community.

12:15 p.m.: Moment of silence at Page Terrace (meet at 11:55) led by MBU Chaplain Katie Low. MBU choral groups will sing a special piece to honor the International Day of Peace.

Followed by Mindfulness and the Power of Inner Peace, a discussion and meditation practice led by Nell Desmond.

4–4:45 p.m.: Join yoga instructor Tarenne Robertson at the Spencer Center for yoga, calm, and inner peace.

4:45–5:45 p.m.: Workshop on Collaborative Art and Peace-building led by artist and Peace Activist, Claudia Bernardi in Hunt Dining Hall, West

MBU Day of Peace poster6–7 p.m.: Hour of Peace at the Spencer CenterInspiring writings on the power of peace. Listen as others read and consider choosing an excerpt or quote yourself to read about peace-building. Resources will be provided or you can bring your own reading.

7:308:15 p.m.:  The film Admissions (22 minutes) at the Spencer Center, starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell, tells a powerful and transformational story about what it might take to find forgiveness and peace. The movie features an Israeli couple and a Palestinian man and is set in an “admissions room” for the afterlife, and the aim is to start a conversation that could eventually lead to dialogue and healing. Prof. Roderic Owen, with assistance from students Dianna Tran and Qadira Muhammad, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

Planning Group includes Stephanie Sebolt, Nell Desmond, Katie Low, Christina Harrison, and Roderic Owen and several students including Valerie Baires.
Co-Sponsors include Art, Chaplain/Quest Interfaith, Latin American Studies, Music, Peace-building Minor, Political Science, Philosophy/Religious Studies, Social Work, College of Education, the Spencer Center, MBU Vantage Point, Theater Department, and Asian Studies.