DEFIANCE, Ohio – On Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., Defiance College STAND, in collaboration with the Office of Spiritual Life, will hold a prayer vigil on behalf of all victims of genocide, and all who today are still threatened by genocidal practices around the world.
Defiance College STAND is a chapter of the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network. At the heart of the STAND mission is the goal to end genocide wherever it may occur. The Defiance College chapter is composed of students, faculty, and community members who work to raise awareness of the genocidal atrocities taking place in areas such as Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eastern Burma.
Anyone wishing to participate in the vigil is invited to gather in the area around the statue of Little Turtle in front of the Pilgrim Library on the campus of Defiance College. Following opening prayers, everyone will receive a lit candle to carry in procession across the campus to the chapel in Schauffler Hall. A brief prayer service will follow. In case of rain, everyone will meet in the chapel at the start of the vigil.
Origami peace cranes have become a symbol of STAND’s hope for peace and an end to all genocide. Members of the group have been folding cranes for several weeks and will be passing them out to all those who attend this vigil.
This event is free and open to the public.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
March 30, 2010