Residents invited to Gladstone event to pray for peace
GLADSTONE will hold its first-ever International Day of Peace event next weekend, and it's not just international bloodshed that's prompted the effort.
Organiser and Catholic nun Beryl Amedee said the region's growing diversity showed what could be achieved in our community, to help promote peace worldwide.
"The fact that we've got Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Aboriginal, and the Baha'i, coming together to pray for peace, shows we can own the fact we are a multicultural city - and we're inviting everybody to participate in it!" Sr Amedee said.
Established by the United Nations in 1981, the International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21.
Sr Amedee, who has lived in Gladstone for 11 years, said residents were realising that all faith backgrounds shared the same commitment to "the golden rule", to treat others as you want to be treated.
And while Gladstone's a long way from Syria, Sr Amedee said peace was just important here, as in war zones.
"It's a universal value, whether you're religious or not - we all want peace in our homes, our city, our country, and internationally," she said.
"But people are struggling in terms of how busy they are, they haven't got time to sit still and find peace."
All Gladstone residents are invited to join the prayers for peace at the Tondoon Gardens on Saturday, September 21 from 2pm.