Weekly Peace Vigils to Commence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Weekly Peace Vigils to Commence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

GENEVA, N.Y.-In the weeks since September 11 and since the onset of military action in Afghanistan, many voices on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and around the world have called for justice. And, many of those voices have emphasized the need to understand the situation, to avoid revenge mongering, and to seek a solution balancing justice with commitments to civil liberties and peace. Among these voices have been some who lost loved ones in New York reminding us that “our grief is not a cry for war.”

In the spirit of peaceful justice, Susan Henking, associate professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, invites the community to join for 10 minutes of silence at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in front of Scandling Center on Pulteney Street. The gathering in support of peaceful justice will occur every week until the attacks on Afghanistan stop.

“The silence both memorializes those lost and allows us a moment to think forward to peace. If you are unable to join us at that time, we hope you will take those minutes to do something – sit silently, read an article, order a book for the library, meditate, plan a peace action, donate to a fund for victims or to organizations working for justice for Afghani women, write a letter to your senator or a newspaper – contributing your efforts to creating a more peaceful and just world both here in Geneva, across the United States, and across the globe,” Henking said.

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