Peace Witness at Livermore on Good Friday

April 02, 2009

The Ecumenical Peace Institute, one of the groups the California-Nevada Annual Conference supports through ecumenical grants, is co-sponsoring, with Livermore Conversion Project, a Good Friday observance, "We Thirst for Peace," early in the morning on Friday, April 10 at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory.


The Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, retired UM clergy and a survivor of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, will preach, speaking from his personal experience and that of his family. This year's theme, "We Thirst for Peace," commemorates the burned victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who desperately sought water. The service will incorporate the water offering ceremony practiced in Japan, in remembrance of the victims and survivors of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.


To take part, gather at Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore, California at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, April 10 for opening music.


Worship will be at 7 a.m., followed by a procession to the gate and nonviolent acts of witness.


The event will be wheelchair accessible.


Afterward - from around 10 a.m. to noon - there will be a community gathering and time of sharing at 5720 East Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided.


For more information call 510.655.1162 or 510.654.4983 or visit the EPI/calc website at