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Peace Week 2017

Peace Week 2017
Peace Week 2017

A preview of Peace Week 2017

An annual tradition at Friends, Peace Week follows Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday with an array of all-school activities. This year we are excited to invite you to a few of these events that will happen before, during and as an extension of Peace Week.

Lama Tenzin and the Sand Mandala of Infinite Compassion (Dolan Center Atrium)
Monday, Jan. 9 - Thursday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open to all

Ordained Buddhist monk Lama Tenzin returns to Friends to construct a Mandala of Infinite Compassion "to ease or pacify our tension, to understand and respect and to embrace the differences by looking from open heart and holistic way." Lama Tenzin welcomes observers, questions, and dialogue.

Look back at the construction of last year's Mandala below.

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Multimedia Art Exhibit (Dolan Center Gallery)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Friday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open to all

Visit the second floor of the Dolan Center Atrium to experience a multimedia Peace Week-inspired art exhibit.

Music in the Atrium (Dolan Center Atrium)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Thursday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Open to all

Come and listen to student and faculty/staff musical inspirations.

Parent Meeting for Worship (Final Parent MFW of the year, Matinecock Meeting House)
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m.
Open to all

Join other parents and friends at our Peace Week Parent Meeting for Worship, the final parent MFW. Sponsored by the Parent Quaker Life Committee.

PEACE WEEK THEMES

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Education and Inspiration

Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Our Community
Community Group Activity: Students in Kindergarten to 12th grade gather in community groups to sing and act out "We're All A Family Under One Sky."

Thursday, Jan. 19 - Reflection
Global Studies Scholar classes present to the Upper School on the global refugee crisis.

Friday, Jan. 20 - Action
Middle and Upper School students participate in the long-standing annual Hunger Awareness Day. As an empathy-building exercise, breakfast and lunch will be simplified – fewer choices and simpler meals – so that we may all briefly come to an understanding of what the hungry and food insecure experience every day.

Middle and Upper School worship buddies will make sandwiches to distribute to food shelters/pantries around LI and NYC. Upper and Lower School worship buddies will work together on a Peace Chain Design Challenge and use that to talk about what is challenging about making connections and how they can be beneficial.

Monday, Jan. 23 - Upper School speaker "Khaled Almilaji"
Friends Academy is proud to present Khaled Almilaji, a Syrian doctor who was tortured and persecuted by the regime of Bashar al-Assad for providing aid to all, including protestors. Dr. Almariji fled to Turkey and founded a non-profit that supports medical aid for Syrian civilians. Dr. Almilaji is currently pursuing a master's in Public Health at Brown University (read about his journey) with hopes to return and support health aid in his country.