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Peace Light Comes To GSC

Peace Light Comes To GSC

Peace Light

            The Duty To God Committee is bringing the Peace Light to Garden State Council.  Peace Light is a flame of hope and peace that has been burning for over 1000 years and is brought to the U.S. in a very special way.  Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna  Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent.  Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City.  From New York City it is carried across the United States.  Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to houses of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance - to anybody who appreciates the significance of the "gift.

            Scouter Bob Foley is traveling to New York on Thursday December 11, and bringing the light back to Garden State Council to carry the message of peace and hope to all who seek it.  The Peace Light will be displayed at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Blackwood, NJ. 

            We are making the Peace Light available to anyone that seeks it.  It will be available to share at 3PM on Saturday, December 13, at Our Lady of Hope Parish and again on Sunday, December 14, at the new Training Center at the Rancocas office annex at 12  noon.  We ask that you contact Bob Foley at Robert.Foley@Comcast.net so we know how many are coming to share the light. The light will be available to individuals, units, districts, fellow Scout Councils, anyone who seeks the light of peace. It is strongly suggest to construct a carrier built for this purpose to transport the peace light in an automobile. Instructions to construct a carrier can be found at: http://www.peacelight.org/documents/Peace%20Light%20Lantern%20Carrier.pdf .

            This is a tremendous service opportunity for units to provide a service to their local church by delivering the Peace Light to area houses of worship and other places where this symbol of peace can be a light of hope.

            More information about Peace Light can be obtained at http://www.peacelight.org/ .