Peace Pledge Day events planned

A Community of One, the City of Evanston and several not-for-profit and faith-based organizations will host the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Peace Pledge Day on Jan.17.

This community-wide event is a day of celebration recognizing the life of Dr. King and a day to make a personal pledge for peace in the Evanston community.

The day’s events will begin with a Community Coffee and Service Fair from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, 516 Church St.

Evanston based non-profits that serve the Evanston community will be in attendance and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will discuss the Volunteer Evanston service-based website that will launch in February.

Following the fair, a Peace March will be held from the church to the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave.

At the Music Institute, the group will join Y.O.U. Inc. for the 5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration “Diverse Evanston Walks United” and proceed to Second Baptist Church of Evanston, 1717 Benson Ave. where the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Convocation to be held at noon. Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet the Free Synagogue will be the keynote speaker at the convocation.

After the Convocation, there will be a panel discussion on “Religion, Diversity and Keys to Community Building” from 2:30-4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. The day’s events will draw to a close with a Candlelight Vigil at 4:30 p.m. at Second Baptist.

Event organizers are asking residents to bring one or more non-perishable items with them to any of the events. Collection bins to support Connections for the Homeless-Evanston will be available at all event locations.

The various religious groups are calling upon each individual to make a personal pledge of peace through service for 2011. The community is invited to be part of some or all of the day’s activities.

Sponsoring organizations include: A Community of One; the City of Evanston; Volunteer Evanston; Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.; Beth Emet the Free Synagogue; First Congregational Church of Evanston; First United Methodist Church of Evanston; Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Lake Street Church of Evanston; and Second Baptist Church of Evanston.

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