DSC_0040Bethany College students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the International Day of Peace celebration during Chapel on Monday.

Since 1981, this day has been set aside by the United Nations. All forces in combat are called to observe cease-fires, and all peoples and nations are invited to reaffirm their commitment to non-violence and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

DSC_0038The Bethany community gathered in the Amphitheater to create, hang, and dedicate strings of prayer flags, a common custom in Nepali and Tibetan Buddhism. In Christian and Jewish traditions, offerings and incense are burned so that prayers might rise to God on the smoke. In a similar way, wind carries prayers written on these flags to all places in the world. What better place for them, than the windy Kansas prairie?