The following piece was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment:
Watertown Free Public Library’s Savings Bank Room was filled with joyful bustle last week as Project Literacy students from around the globe gathered with members of Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment to share food, culture and thoughts about peace.
The Annual Potluck found people of all ages eager to share their memories, stories and dreams. After dinner, each table of attendees pondered their personal as well as the universal meanings of peace to share with the whole group. Poems and tales were crafted, including this one: “Walking in the forest with peace, listening to children playing, thinking of the world with no war, no conflict and equality for all.”
Others described beautiful sunsets, watching a baby sleeping, waking up to hear birds, and living with people of different cultures who all love each other. One table even decided to teach each other the song “Peace, Salaam, Shalom,” for which other tables later joined in singing. Attendees expressed great appreciation for the instant camaraderie, depth of feeling and intimate sharing that took place.