“Over The Rainbow” – 31st World Peace Day, December 31st

World Peace Day

By Jeannie Breeze

We are living in a time of monumental shift – a time that can feel both exhilarating and challenging, a time that can feel both enlightening and terrifying. As with any birthing there is a sense of urgency, a sense of pressure. Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed and unhappy following recent events in the world around us. Do not despair. “Remember the seed, breaking open to sprout. So the heart opens to let love out.” Now, more than ever, we need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, to feel compassion for all our relations, to bless those who curse us, and to BE the change we want to see in the world.

How can we best respond in such monumental times? Surely we draw strength from discovering the place of peace within, from experiencing our connection to our brothers and sisters, joining our energies to realize the vision of a peaceful world we all share. So it is that I invite you to support and attend “Over the Rainbow”, the 31st annual World Peace Day Celebration, the Universal Faith Service, held at 6 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway), St. Louis 63108.

Music, Message and Meditation will inspire and uplift you. Rabbi Randy Fleisher always makes us feel welcome in Central Reform Congregation’s Shabbat Shalom (Shelter of Peace), while J’Asa inspires with readings from her personal journal, “The Book of Now”. Green Jean Ponzi entertains and educates us with Earth Wisdom, and event organizer Jeannie Breeze guides us into the sacred space within our own hearts. Along the way we hear the bells of JOIA, the flute of Raven Wolf C.Felton Jennings, the beautiful vocals of Bridgette Kossor and Tim Mead, and Pati Pellerito creates meditative vibrations on the Tibetan Singing Bowls. Everyone always ends up dancing at the end of this wonderful gathering as JOIA World Percussion Ensemble explodes with their amazing percussive finale.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Doors open at 5:00 a.m. for silent prayer and meditation, and a potluck breakfast follows the 6 a.m. service (no pork or shellfish please). A love donation is invited to support the continuation of this wonderful event. We need volunteers to help with setup from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, and at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 to light the luminarias and help with breakfast prep. You can help support this event by buying a listing in the program by Dec.21, or by donations of any amount via PayPal, sent to jbreeze46@icloud.com, or you can go online at GoFundMe.com/wpday.

Please come and join other peacemakers and lightworkers in this joyous celebration. YOU ARE the light of the world. Please do not let your light be dimmed by anyone or anything. Stand up and speak out for truth and justice, for honesty, for charity. Remember the injunction “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” We are the ones we have been waiting for! May love and peace prevail on Earth!

Visit www.wpdaystl.com for full details or call Jeannie Breeze at 314-601-3789.