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Nov
01
2019
Friday, November 01 2019
The Origin of the Peace Pole

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."  Matthew 5:9
 

In 2011, the Junior Youth class, our 4th-6th graders, heard about the Peace Pole Project one Sunday.  This project had its beginning in post-World War II Japan and a desire on the part of some people living there to draw attention to the need to work together for peace.

By the early 1980's Peace Poles had begun to appear in places outside of Japan.  It is estimated that there are over 200,000 Peace Poles erected around the world...in places as diverse as Ground Zero and Baghdad, on Mt. Everest and Machu Picchu, and in Bethlehem and in front of a McDonald's in Serbia. 

On one side of each pole, the words "May Peace Prevail On Earth" are written.  The children decided they wanted Broadus to have a Peace Pole too and worked with the Christian Arts Committee to make that happen.   

On its remaining three sides, Broadus' pole has "May Peace Prevail in Me", "May Peace Prevail in America", and "Peacemakers are the Children of God." 

Our pole reminds us that God is the source of our peace and that we are called to be peacemakers in our families, our community, and our world.

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At Broadus Memorial Baptist Church we believe we are called to love God and love our neighbors. The stories you read on this blog offer a witness to the ways we respond to God's love and seek to share that love with others. 

Scripture describes the church as a body, made up of many parts. Just as your tiniest toe isn't aware of the intricate work your heart or brain do, it can sometimes happen that people in the church body only see what is happening immediately around them. Our hope is that reading these stories will help forge connection and inspire greater love and understanding for one another.

At Broadus we are a community defined by warm-hearted fellowship and thoughtful inquiry. We hope you see evidence of that in the stories we share here. We hope you know, or come to know, that you are a part of God's grand story and that you are welcome to join us, on a Sunday, a Wednesday, or any gathering in between. 

The life of faith is a journey, and we are not meant to walk it alone. Our stories connect us and we are excited to share some of ours with you. 

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