Remembrance Service

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Remembrance Service

Sunday, April 11, 2021

“Walking together as active peacemakers”

and

“Remembering those who have died at the hand of violence, their loved ones, those who commit violence, those who live in fear, and those who work for peace.”

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Music by Fire and Brimstone Duo

Featuring Lori and Phil Norris

Invocation

Father Warren Harvey

Opening Remarks

Caroline Stevenson / Pilgrimage for Peace

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Selection from The Hill We Climb

Read by Denise Ennett / Arkansas State Representative District 36

“…We are striving to forge a union with purpose,
to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true,
that even as we grieved, we grew,
that even as we hurt, we hoped,
that even as we tired, we tried,
that we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat,
but because we will never again sow division…”

                                                                                    Amanda Gorman

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Hamid Ebrahimifar

Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice

Nicky Anthony, Kelly Morris, Danny Bennett, Shawn Mckeough, Jr., Odell Gilkey, Alvin Walls, Jr, Jose Castro, Michael St Clair, Ernest McCoy, John Gill Jr., Lavernal Williams, Tilton McDonald, Tyler Burnett, Jeremy Chambers, James Harold Griffin, Dontreice Hughes, Sydne Bolden, Ramonda Holes, Shavone Williams, Gregory Michael Stricklen

Let us remember…. Silence

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PEACE WILL COME

Read by Annabelle Tuck

Congregation B’nai Israel

Peace will come,

Through the grace of God

And the work of humanity:

Compassion and kindness,

Forgiveness and love,

Patience and gratitude,

Justice and mercy,

Empathy and understanding,

Each act a yearning,

Each deed a longing,

For wholeness and tranquility

In our world.

You who makes peace in the high heavens,

Guide our hearts and our hands

In service to each other and Your world,

To bring peace to all the nations of the earth,

All people, everywhere.

Alden Solovy

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Jessica Scott

Moms Demand Action

Daniel Burnett, Donald Colbert, Shawn Price, Justin Bell, Jarvis Kolen, Kevin Criss, Seth Taylor, Anthony Curenton, Charles Gant, David Ayala Jr., OC Cooper, Steven McClendon, Roderick Wesley, Isaac McCoy, Marcus Fleming, Cameron Pearson, Clinton Burrell, Jr, Allah-U Akbar, William Carney, Quanita Baker

Let us remember…. Silence

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The Beatitudes

Read by Rosalyn Pruitt

Diocesan Council of Black Catholics

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.  Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Dr. Donnal Walter

World Beyond War

Emmanuel Cooper, Anastasia Brewer, Alex Blueford, Reginald Moore, Cedric Pennington, Kadavieus Sanders, Christopher Little, Kissick Lowery, Keyaria Thompson, Deaunte Davis, Jeremy Dennis, Shameika Eason, Mallida Webb, Shondra Miller, Sonya Glover, Steve Lutman, Britney Alyse Belle, Varn Brown Jr., Mark Peacock Tay Welsh

Let us remember…. Silence.

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Walking Meditation

Read by Lisa Reiju Kessler

Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Short Silent Meditation

Closing Prayer

May all beings be peaceful

May all beings be happy

May all beings be safe

May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature

May all beings be free.

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past year at the hand of violence…

Names read by Mary Hunt

Pax Christi Little Rock

Odetric Hill, William Wade, Deangelo Sargent, Jennifer Salcido-Barreda, John Word, Joshua Dylan Watson, Brittnay Dunyae Tate, I’Quira Tate, Murphy Atkins, Kassius Ephriam, Fred Wesson, Avery Cooksey, Kristopher Dacus, Craig Goodman, Suzanne McCarty, John Floyd, Kaylon Luckdale, Corenthia Davie, Omnii Miller, Tremell Overton

Let us remember…. Silence.

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Verses from the Doctrine and Covenants

Read by Priest LeeAnn Fowler

Community of Christ of North Little Rock

5a. Do not be defined by the things that separate you but by the things that unite you in Jesus Christ. 

b. Over and over again you have been counseled to be reconciled, to seek the unity that is imperative to the building of the kingdom. Again the Spirit counsels the church to not allow the forces of division to divert you from your witness. 

c. Listen together to one another, without judgment or predisposition. Do not assume that the answers to matters of conflict have yet been perceived. There is much labor to be done. Reason together in love, and the Spirit of truth will prevail. 

6a. From the earliest days you have been given a sacred principle that declares the inestimable worth of all persons. Do not forget. 

b. The One who created all humankind grieves at the shameful divisions within the human family. A prophetic people must work tirelessly to tear down walls of separation and to build bridges of understanding. 

c. You hold precious lives in your hands. Be gentle and gracious with one another. A community is no stronger than the weakest within it. Even as the One you follow reached out to those who were rejected and marginalized, so must the community that bears his name.   

Doctrine and Covenants 162: 5a-6c

(Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of revelations, given to members of the Community of Christ through the Prophet/President and accepted by World Conference resolution.)

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey

Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

Jeremy Bonds, Howard Tate, Karl Lewis, Kiero Turner, Jarvis Washington, Porcha Gibson, Chad Thomas, Richard Pickard, Deanthony Perry, Travorrye Whitaker-Lemon, Keith Cobbins, Brent Martin, Jordan Roberts, Keshawn Cameron, Nicholas Winter, Chesrick Martin, Devan Wiggins, Vence Lee Jr., Shameka Stewart, Freddie Dorn Jr.

Let us remember…. Silence.

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Islamic Prayer of Unity

Read by Madiha Shahid

Madina Institute and Mosque

God says in the Quran: و لقد كرّمنا بني آدم which means, “we have honored the people of Adam.” From this we understand that all life is sacred and all people deserve to be treated with honor and dignity. People as a whole need to love each other simply because they are humans and a creation of God.

The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: “None of you has attained true faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” So, if we are true believers, we must want peace, love, safety and understanding for others just as we want it for ourselves.
We ask Allah today to unite our hearts, set aright our mutual affairs, allow us to look past our differences so that we may treat each other in the best possible way with which God may be pleased with.

We pray to Allah to guide us to the path of peace, love and understanding; liberate us from darkness by His glorious light; save us from transgressions whether open or hidden; bless us in our health, time, hearts, spouses, and children; and turn to us, for truly He is the Most Merciful, Most Gracious.

Amen. 

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter

Braver Angels Central Arkansas

Jeremy Parks, Ruben Smith III, Bobbie Hambrick, Melvin Parham, Keyshawn Simpson, Nicholas Jones,  Xanus Robinson, Raymond Gary III, Ruben Smith III, Daishaun Allen, Joe Nathan Henderson III, Patrick Smith,  Gayle Reynolds,  Jeffrey Reynolds,  Ray Angelo Boyd,            Brayla Stone, Aloysius Keaton, Bobby Wilkins, Larry McCristian,     Donald Edward Charles

Let us remember…. Silence.

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Friends Conference 1920

Read by John Coffin

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Our conviction is that Christianity has this to say to the world:

 “Your reliance upon armaments or outward weapons is both wrong and futile.  Such armaments are the weapons of organized violence and outrage.  Their use is a denial of the true laws of good living.  They involve the perpetuation of strife.  They stand in the way of the true fellowship of humans. They impoverish the peoples.  They tempt individuals to evil, and they breed suspicion and fear and the tragic results thereof.  You cannot foster harmony by the apparatus of discord, nor cherish goodwill by the equipment of hate.  They are therefore not legitimate weapons in the Christian armory, nor are they sources of security.”                                         

Friends Conference (Quakers), 1920

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Sr. Deborah Troillett

Arkansas House of Prayer

Jeff Welch, Courtney Mays, Dekeesha McPhearson, Antony King, Shawn Ellis II, Kelly Williams, Edmond Daniels, Devin Collins, Robert Smith, Daniel Dewitt, Amanda Dewitt, Debra Allen, Alexander Davis, Braylon Parks, Donnell Williams, Netilian Juniel, Dante Jones, Alice Cawly, Kentarius Scott, Dean Bailey, Nicholas Taylor, Christopher Bersett

Let us remember…. Silence.

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“Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you are capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.”

Thomas Merton

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Remembering those in our community who have died in the past two years at the hand of violence…

Names read by Kathy Webb

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Dorian Withers, Dailon Tyler, Kimeisha Harris, Brandon Simpson, Michael Oliver, Zachary Ester, Tameka Banks, Terrace Harris, Christopher Gaskill, Kendrell Smith, Jacob Robinson, Trakeyah Thomas, Dylan Carr, Jermaine Kelly, Brian Britt, Danhtay Stanley, Khyree Allison, Donney Keith, Xavier Crosby, Devonta Miller, Ja’Aliyah Hughes and four unidentified persons

Let us remember…. Silence.

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Never Give Up

Read by Dr. Sherry Simon

Pax Christi

Never give up

No matter what is going on

Never give up

Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country

Is spent developing the mind

Instead of the heart

Be Compassionate

Not just to your friends

But to everyone

Be compassionate

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world

Work for peace

And I say again

Never give up

No matter what is happening

No matter what is going on around you

Never give up.

Dalai Lama

Journal of the Tibetan Society of the UK

Winter 1999/2000

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The Beacon of Peace and Hope

Designed by Jerry Currence

Taggart Foster Currence Gray Architects

The Symbolic Design

The highest light represents PEACE and the lower, HOPE. PEACE is elevated because it is tangible and achievable. It represents one of the highest and yet most elusive goals in today’s violent world. The HOPE light is lowered and reverent. It is below the surface. It is not tangible. It is personal and represents individual dreams.

The main structure resembles heavy timbers lashed together. These represent strength and stability. These structures are designed to be strong enough to hold massive ships in the place against moving currents, tidal forces and the strong winds that would sweet them away. It is symbolic of the steadfastness required to secure the ideas of Peace and Hope in a world where both are in constant peril.

PEACE and HOPE are held by a single element, not separated by supports, but by a single elegant curve. This curved armature represents the connections between these two ideas. It symbolizes the common thread the binds PEACE to HOPE and HOPE to PEACE.

We desire that this sculpture will inspire those who view it to think of a world where PEACE and HOPE survive hand in hand. It is our goal that the Beacon will inspire people to find ways to advance the ideals of PEACE and HOPE and to share them with their descendants. Without the young there is no one to carry on. Without PEACE and HOPE, there is no reason to.

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Make peace is the soldier’s cry

To the angry world outside.

The shells that “purge” the cities and villages

Will not silence their voices.

No blame is to be placed. No shame is to be lived.

Please no more screams.

By Frederick “Sandy” Phillips

One of 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland

December 21, 1988

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BEACON OF PEACE AND HOPE

A gift to the people of Arkansas.

Dedicated to all who aspire to live in a world

of peace and justice and who are

actively working to accomplish that goal.

With thanks to all who

contributed to make this memorial possible.

Arkansas Women’s Action for New Directions

City of North Little Rock

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