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These are tumultuous times for the United States. More so than any time in recent history, this once great country has become fiercely divided. Families are being forced apart and friends are no longer speaking to each other, as fear, hatred and distrust seem to be spreading like a plague.

Fortunately, the month of September brings both the International Day of Peace on the 21st as well as Campaign Nonviolence from Sept. 16-24. Both offer opportunities to pause and reflect on how we, as a nation and as individuals, can work towards healing and forgiveness.

We can take a look at how others have taken steps to resolve civil strife. The decades-long conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis is one such example.

“Disturbing the Peace” is a story of former enemies - Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters - who have joined together to become non-violent peace activists. While based in the Middle East, “Disturbing the Peace” evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.

On Sept. 21, the city of Clinton will come together for the annual Stop the Hate – Show the Love walk at Jefferson Elementary school. Following the walk, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of “Disturbing the Peace” at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. North, Clinton. 

Laura Anderson


Editor’s note: Anderson is marketing director, Franciscan Peace Center