A Call to Peace

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Join at one of these places

5.30pm top of Mt Ainslie
7.15 pm Remembrance Nature Park, Campbell
7.30 pm Australian War Memorial Forecourt

If you want to give voice to lament and the longing to reorient our nation's attitudes toward war join us for the ninth annual lantern-lit Anzac Eve Peace Vigil.

Come and bear light with us.
Come sing and share stories with us.
Come help us seek and find the common ground of lament
and promote peace.

Lighting the Peace Lanterns
5.30 pm top of Mount Ainslie

The Elders welcome us. We hear laments and sing well-loved peace songs together. We also remember the terrible cost of war and how much we cherish peace. And we listen into the hope in the 'Spirit Songs' that A Chorus of Women sing every year -

"People, hear the law of the seeds in your lament,
Dark seeds, in the fire humming like a new song growing.
Opening with your longing, sprouting in the night,
Flowering, new songs, old songs, the love songs lulay lulay..."

from 'Spirit Songs for Anzac Eve' (2011)
by Glenda Cloughley, A Chorus of Women

Walking into Darkness
departing 6.15 pm down Mt Ainslie

We begin a lantern-lit procession down the mountain track. We walk in silence, carrying a light into the darkness of grief.

Please note: the walk is only for the sure-footed and personal safety is each person's responsibility.

Walkers are greeted with community singing at the bottom of the mountain in Remembrance Park before the procession across the road into the War Memorial grounds.

Voices of Lament, Voices of Yearning
about 7.30 pm, Forecourt, Australian War Memorial

Within a circle of lantern light, we gather round the peace fire to lament the sorrows of war and express our yearnings for peace with personal storytelling, poetry and song.

Around 8 pm the lantern lit procession continues down Anzac Parade towards the West Block building.

Night Watch
from about 8.30 pm outside West Block,
cnr of Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue.

We share stories, poetry, singing and conversation all through night around the camp fire. Warming soup will be offered, and again after the Anzac Dawn Service next morning. Remember to BYO mug, rug and chair.

Graeme Dunstan, Master Lantern Maker, Peacebus, 0407 951 688
Sarah Stitt, A Chorus of Women, 0432 867 017
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The Anzac Peace Vigil is the fruit of the creative efforts of a circle of friends. We have no government funding, We welcome donations.

Account name: Peacebus
BSB: 728-728 Account Number: 2228 9422