Friday, August 18, 2006

Mahasangha~Multifaith Peace Vigil

Wednesday September 6th, 2006 7:00-8:00pm
At the Cenotaph on the corner of Belleville and Government Streets

Please join the Victoria Multifaith Society, members of the Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, and Unitarian communities, and many others that are interested in Peace for a brief Vigil.

Everyone is welcome, so please bring your friends. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact me at

Ron Stirling, the organizer of the Vigil has the following suggestions for a successful vigil:

  1. Use lots of banners & signs. We have quite a few but if you folk can bring some that would be great.
  2. Maintain the position of them so they can be easily read from the streets.
  3. Make sure to leave a clear space on the sidewalk and in front of the signs so that the public feels welcome to approach participants for conversation.
  4. Make eye contact with pedestrians and people in cars and be ready to acknowledge indications of support.

We have good relations with the Legislative Police so we do not hang anything from the Cenotaph or attach anything to it.

It is our practice at the end of the Vigil (7:55pm) to make a circle, hold hands and after allowing a few minutes for people to make brief announcements, sing a secular song – "Go Now In Peace."

Go now in peace, go now in peace,
May the spirit of love surround you,
Everywhere, everywhere, you may go.

I hope to see you all there!

Venerable Eshu Martin,
Resident Monk, Victoria Zen Centre
Buddhist Chaplain, Interfaith Services, University of Victoria

4970 Nagle Road RR#6
Sooke, BC V0S 1N0
(250) 642-7936

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