Unveiling Peace Plaque at Community Garden

Frankston Interfaith Network’s Peace Day celebrations with Joy of the Earth Community Gardeners on Sunday 22nd September 2013 was a beautiful, shining example of how two very different communities can come together to celebrate in harmony and peace.

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The Community Garden at Joy Street Reserve in Frankston, had earlier in the year invited the Frankston Interfaith Network to plant a special peace tree in the garden. So we were pleased to be back at the garden to unveil the peace plaque - and what better day to do it than on Peace Day.

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Representatives from Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’i, Muslim and Sathya Sai faith traditions began the day with a peace offering/blessing. Then the unveiling of our beautiful plaque. Created by Antoinette and Ken Bonnici, from Mermaids Tale Sculpture Studio, to incorporate clay decorations that we had made and designed to fit into the garden setting.

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Then we all shared a barbeque with vegetarian burgers generously donated by a local business to support the local community gathering.

The day was also an opportunity for the Joy of the Earth Community gardeners to celebrate ‘ Spring in the Garden’ - such an inspiration to see the beautiful vegetables and produce growing so abundantly and to see how much a group of passionate and determined volunteers can achieve in such a short time. A heartfelt thanks to these volunteers for making the interfaith community feel so welcome and appreciating our presence in the garden.

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Our Peace Day theme this year was, "Who will You Make Peace With?”  As part of a global event 'Peace One Day ' we joined with others around the world to focus on and reflect on Peace.  Peace within ourselves, our communities and around the world, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation was very natural and appropriate.

So Peace Day 2013 was a very joyful and happy community day for Frankston Interfaith Network.

By Ginette Everest
Frankston Interfaith Network