World Peace Day cel­e­brated in Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead’s Stone Cir­cle was a busy place this week­end when peo­ple gath­ered there for sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the Au­tumn Equinox and the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace, held on Septem­ber 21st to cel­e­brate the Gen­eral Assem­bly Dec­la­ra­tion on the Right of Peo­ple to Peace. On Satur­day af­ter­noon, about twenty-five peo­ple took part in the Dances for Univer­sal Peace led by Heather Web­ster and Mu­nira Avinger at the site.

On Sun­day, the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace, about thirty-five peo­ple took part in a med­i­ta­tion at the Stone Cir­cle led by Fred­eric Klein, of Mon­treal, join­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple across the globe who were also med­i­tat­ing for world peace. An ear­lier group med­i­ta­tion, led by Jas­mine Beaudet, of Sher­brooke, also took place on Sun­day at the Dell Rhi­an­non Labyrinth on the Weller Farm in Stanstead East. Both of those med­i­ta­tions be­gan with Kim Pran­g­ley play­ing a crys­tal bowl to help ‘cen­tre’ the med­i­ta­tors.

“We had a few Americans at the event, and some­one from Mon­treal who was ‘told’ she had to come to Stanstead on the week­end. What bet­ter use of the Stone Cir­cle than for a med­i­ta­tion for World Peace?” com­mented Kim Pran­g­ley, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event. After the med­i­ta­tion, ev­ery­one there formed a hu­man Peace sign which was pho­tographed from the air by He­lene Hamel, rid­ing in George Weller’s plane.

On a more dis­cour­ag­ing note, to mark the fifth an­niver­sary of the Stone Cir­cle, on Mon­day, some­one stole the large metal sun, for the sec­ond time, which hung on the Stone Cir­cle’s Wel­come stone. “They had to use a lad­der to take it down – that was pretty bla­tant! The sun was very heavy, it’s been adapted with steel to hang on the stone,” ex­plained Ms. Pran­g­ley, hop­ing to get some help in find­ing the dec­o­ra­tive piece. “It was due to be taken down to­day but when I got there, it was gone,” she said. Col­or­ful wind spin­ners that grace the site in the sum­mer are also of­ten stolen.

Photo cour­tesy

A hu­man Peace sign, cre­ated on Sun­day at the Stanstead Stone Cir­cle, was pho­tographed by He­lene Hamel rid­ing in George Weller’s plane.

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