Peace in NEW ZEALAND
Bernie Thomas OFM assisted in the planning of the Spirit of Assisi service in Auckland Cathedral. Hosted by Bishop Pat Dunn, there were ten denominations represented and approximately 150 people in the congregation. The “Decalogue of Peace” was used as the main focus for the evening. Each religious denomination which included a Buddhist monk, a Muslim Iman, and a member of parliament, was invited to read one of the statements from the Decalogue and then to respond to it with their own style of prayer or reflection.
A member of the congregation was invited to give to each religious representative a native seedling which they were invited to plant somewhere as a symbol of our desire for peace and unity. The evening finished with supper.