NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE OF PEACE EVENT
On Sunday, September 25, 2011, New Jersey held a Bridge of Peace Ceremony at the DeMott Church in Clifton, NJ. Approximately 80 people attended and a wide variety of speakers included: Deacon Doris Dortch, a Christian from Imani Baptist Church; Rehab Elmoslemany, Egyptian Muslim and Financial Manager; Anju Bhargava, President Obama's advisor on Hindu Affairs; Susan Lefkowitz, Chiropractor and Jewish/Scientologist; and Jean Brown, Episcopalian Ambassador for Peace.
The speeches were deeply spiritual and beautifully dynamic. The speeches followed the theme “peace begins with me” and expanded on how their faith journey emphasizes that theme. New Jersey chapter chairwoman, Denneze Nelson, ave an introduction to WFWP. She spoke about the founder, the vision and a little about the International Day of Peace. Also in Denneze’s speech she highlighted an American woman named Belva Lockwood (born 1830) as an example of a peacemaker who changed the laws in America to lesson discrimination against women and allow for more peace in the home. The beautiful thing about her story is that she had her husband’s support.