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Interfaith Peace Vigil in Claremont, CA

by Barbara B. Troxell Saturday, Jan. 05, 2008 at 9:42 PM
btr867@verizon.net 909-625-1402 Claremont United Methodist Church, Foothill Blvd/Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA.

Peace-making Task Force of the Claremont United Methodist Church is sponsoring an Interfaith Peace Vigil on January 6th, Sunday evening at 5:30.

Imam Ali Siddiqui will speak at the Interfaith Peace Vigil offering an Islamic Prayer for Peace. Imam Siddiqui is an Expert of One Nation (onenationforall.org), President of California Muslim Institute and the Vice Chair of Peace with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley, CA:

When: Sunday, January 6, at 5:30 PM

Where: Claremont United Methodist Church (between Pacific Western Bank and the School of Theology), Foothill Blvd/Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA.

Information: Please contact Barbara B. Troxell, ,

-----Original Message-----

From: BARBARA TROXELL btr867@verizon.net>

To: siddiqui@aol.com; dyagi7@earthlink.net

Sent: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 12:11 pm

Subject: RE: Interfaith Peace Vigil



Dear Imam Ali,



Thank you for your prompt and gracious response to Dickson Yagi stating your willingness to participate in the Interfaith Peace Vigil by offering a brief Islamic Prayer for Peace. We will meet on Sunday, January 6, at 5:30 pm at the Symbol of Peace, which is on the front lawn of the The Symbol is in the form of a tree on a rock, surrounded by gravel into which people have place small “flags” on which are written prayers for peace.



We held a planning meeting today directly after morning worship at the church, in which we agreed upon the schedule for the vigil. We will begin at 5:30 with some singing to gather people. Individual candles will be lit. I will make a short opening statement. We will then invite the brief prayers of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian representatives. Between each prayer, I will ring a Tibetan bell. Following the prayers, we will enter into silence for five to ten minutes (depending on the air temperature!). At the close of the silence, a bell will be rung. A closing prayer will be offered and we will close the vigil. We expect to end our time together between 6 and 6:15 pm.



I have appreciated your presence and presentations at Pilgrim Place and at other community peace and justice events. I like your addition of the word “Please!” to the “Peace on Earth” greetings! Thank you for agreeing to be with us next Sunday. Please call me if you have any questions.



New Year’s blessings of salaam, peace,



Barbara



Barbara B. Troxell

692 W. 8th Street

Claremont, CA 91711

909-625-1402

btr867@verizon.net or barbara.troxell@garrett.edu

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: siddiqui@aol.com [mailto:siddiqui@aol.com]

Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2007 5:11 PM

To: dyagi7@earthlink.net

Cc: barbara.troxell@garrett.edu

Subject: Re: Interfaith Peace Vigil



Arigato, Yagi San.



I trust you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

I like the banners, flags and cards with the greetings during this season: "Peace on Earth!" I wish if an other word may be added to it during this and all other holidays across the world: "Peace on Earth! Please!"

Anyway, Dickson, I will be very happy to participate and make the Islamic Prayer for Peace.

Happy New Year to you and to your family. I pray to God to give us guidance and some sense to resolve our conflicts through negotiation using peaceful means and establishing justice for all. Amen! Aameen!

With Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Salamat, Shanti, Paz, Gassho.

Your friend,

Ali



-----Original Message-----

From: Dickson Yagi dyagi7@earthlink.net>

To: Siddiqui Imam Ali Siddiqui@aol.com>; Barbara Troxell barbara.troxell@garrett.edu>

Sent: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 12:08 pm

Subject: Interfaith Peace Vigil

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Imam Ali Siddiqui;

I trust that all is well with you and your wonderful family.

The Peace-making Task Force of the Claremont United Methodist Church is sponsoring an Interfaith Peace Vigil on January 6th, Sunday evening at 5:30. They would like for you to a short Muslim prayer for peace—perhaps about 1 or 2 minutes. They plan on a Jewish, Muslim, and Christian very short peace prayers. Then about 20 minutes of silence. Then a closing prayer. Everything should end in about 30 minutes.

They have created a peace sculpture (tree?) near Foothill and Indian Hill. The ceremony will take place there. This would involve people for peace from nearby churches—United Methodist, Presbyterian, UCC and others.

A good friend, Barbara Troxell (Pilgrim Place resident) is Chair of the Peace-making Task Force. She will contact you for further information if you think you can do the brief Muslim prayer.

Salaam,

Dickson

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