The community is cordially invited to join the Chaplaincy Program of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital for the annual International Day of Peace on Monday, September 22 from 2:00–3:00pm at the Hospital Courtyard by the New Patient Registration Building. Patients, Hospital staff, and members of the community will join together in an hour of Prayer/Meditation for Peace and Healing for our World. Participants will share music, prayer, and meditation.
Event organizer Reverend Tanya Wyldflower, MCDH Chaplain Coordinator, comments, ”After the 9/11 tragedy, our Chaplaincy Program was asked to do something to help the Hospital staff with the shock and grieving of that event. MCDH has continued to offer this event each year because as an institution of healing, our hospital endeavors to bring people back into a place of peace and healing within their bodies and spirits, if possible. In this we are no different from hospitals around the world. Unlike some hospitals, we conduct our business in an atmosphere of relative peace—most of the time. We do not have to contend with bombs and a constant stream of war victims. Yet, even at this small rural hospital, we do have to deal with the effects of violence and drug wars. At times our emergency room and ICU feel like they are under siege or under lock down due to potential violence. In unity with all our brothers and sisters across the world, we acknowledge that healing is supported best by an atmosphere of peace.”
This International World Day of Prayer for Peace was set on September 21 — the Equinox, a time of balance — by the United Nations, The first UN Proclamation establishing an International Day of Peace was issued in 1981 and called for an observation to be set for September 21. The UN Resolution declares that “the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global cease fire and nonviolence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. ” For the past 33 years, the International Day of Peace has been a catalyzing opportunity for individuals, nations, and civil society to unite in shared yearning for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
The Fort Bragg City Council, in support of the UN Proclamation has issued a proclamation recognizing September 21 as the International Day of Peace.
For more information, contact Chaplain Coordinator, Reverend Tanya Wyldflower at 961-1234 ext 208.