Members of Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, will gather on Sunday, September 11, with hopeful prayers of reconciliation and a newly-constructed Peace Pole to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In the morning worship services, the congregation will write prayers of peace on white ribbons. Following the 11:00 a.m. service, these prayer ribbons will intermingle with prayer ribbons from local Jewish and Muslim leaders and be buried together at the dedication of the new Peace Pole. Highland’s Mission and Justice Ministry Group, the sponsors of the new Peace Pole, hope that this visual sign for peace will serve as a beacon to all who pass the corner of Grinstead Drive and Cherokee Road. “May peace prevail on earth” is inscribed into the pole in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.
The Peace Pole Project, an international movement of The World Peace Prayer Society, traces its beginnings back to Japan in 1955. Led by Masahisa Goi following the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Peace Poles have been erected around the world from Cambodia to Canada as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.