Published on October 29, 2019
For almost twenty years, Phoebe Berks has held a service for the United Nations International Day of Peace, a holiday observed every year on September 21 to promote peace and tolerance throughout the world. This year, due to renovations, the service was held on September 24 in the beautiful chapel of the Jesuit Center adjacent to the Phoebe Berks campus. Many residents attended, coming by bus to participate in the interfaith prayer service for peace. The service was led by Rev. Leah Knox, Chaplain for Phoebe Berks, while Rev. Dr. Alisha Tatem, Spirit Alive Coordinator and Associate Chaplain at Phoebe Berks, and Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope, Director of Pastoral Care took part in the service.
The keynote speakers were Anita Wood, a Christian Spiritual Director and new resident at Phoebe Berks, Sayed Elmarzouky, member of the Islamic Center of Reading, and Rabbi Brian Michelson. They each brought a much needed message of peace and unity just like the United Nations had while gathered in in New York City.
Thank you to everyone who came together to embrace peace throughout multiple faiths and cultures.