PEACE PRAYERS: Back row (from left): Rev Mark Harris (Anglicans), Sibomana Nzaramba (Baptists), John Allen (Buddhists), Rahul Thacker (Hindus), Rev John Thornton (Uniting Church), Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Sabina Baltruweit (RaH). Front row (from left): Larisa Barnes (RaH), Judith Light (Baha’i), Ruth Haig (Quakers), R J Poole (RaH), Margaret Loong (RaH), Liora Claff (Jews), Fr Paul Pidcock (Catholics), Angela Pollard (Atheists).
PEACE PRAYERS: Back row (from left): Rev Mark Harris (Anglicans), Sibomana Nzaramba (Baptists), John Allen (Buddhists), Rahul Thacker (Hindus), Rev John Thornton (Uniting Church), Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Sabina Baltruweit (RaH). Front row (from left): Larisa Barnes (RaH), Judith Light (Baha’i), Ruth Haig (Quakers), R J Poole (RaH), Margaret Loong (RaH), Liora Claff (Jews), Fr Paul Pidcock (Catholics), Angela Pollard (Atheists).

A Baptist, a Buddhist and a Baha'i

WHAT do you think would bring representatives from the Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha'i, Quaker, Jewish, and Catholic faiths together at the Lismore Library?

The answer is Prayers for Peace, held last Friday to mark the International Day of Peace and hosted by members of the Lismore group Remembering and Healing (RaH) Inc.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell attended and launched an exhibition, A Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future, being promoted by the international organisation Mayors for Peace. It will be on show in the library foyer for the coming fortnight.

In a well-attended ceremony, people from different religions, as well as some atheists, offered a prayer or a wish for peace, followed by a minute of silence.

Former member of the Australian Army's crack SAS regiment, RJ Poole, who is now a spokesperson for RaH, said as a young soldier he had a very different attitude towards peace from that which he holds now.

"My change of attitude helps me to trust that everyone has the potential to change," Mr Poole said.

He said he would encourage the wider community as well as others who have seen military service to challenge themselves about how they might contribute to making this world a more loving, more peaceful place.

Established in Lismore, RaH now plans to extend its reach Australia-wide. Its main focus continues to be the expansion of the values around Anzac Day; the group also mentors and supports people who want to work for peace.

"All commemorations of war need to be all-inclusive and relevant to all modern Australians, irrespective of ethnic or cultural background," RaH coordinator Sabina Baltruweit said.


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