The Northern Rivers peace group ‘Remembering and Healing’ (RaH), now in its twelfth year, is organising two public events for ANZAC Day to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence.
Former mayor of Lismore Jenny Dowell is a patron of RaH. ‘This is an annual opportunity to gather to reflect on our personal role in promoting peace,’ she said.
‘Through the sharing of beliefs and experiences, we can appreciate the common humanity that unites us and the diversity that makes us a rich interesting community where everyone belongs.’
At 5pm on 24 April there will be an ANZAC Eve gathering at Lismore’s St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Zadoc Street, on the theme of ‘Celebrating our Diversity and our Commitment to Peace’. The public is invited to join with community leaders and representatives of different religions and non-religious groups.
Anglican Bishop Murray from Grafton will be one of the speakers.
The gathering will remember war and the suffering it brings. It will also promote a violence-free future, both locally and globally. The event will conclude with a ceremony of lighting candles for peace.
At 11am on 25 April there will be an ANZAC Day Reflections event at Lismore City Hall: ‘Valuing Peace on ANZAC Day – Reflections on War and Possibilities for Peace’.
Organisers say this will be an opportunity for participants to explore individual experiences and reflections on ANZAC Day in a safe and facilitated group. Lismore’s ex-deputy mayor Simon Clough will be the facilitator.
The gathering will offer an opportunity to share deeply about the impact of war on us, our families and our country. Orgainsers say the intention is to provide an opportunity to visualise and join efforts to create a different world.
Everybody is invited to both of these gatherings, which will be followed by refreshments.