Peace in San Miguel: it’s ours to create!
By Gregory Gunter
San Miguel de Allende enjoys many world class designations: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Number One City in the World, a major Peace Pole Project location in Mexico. And should Camino de la Paz’s upcoming informational gathering prove successful, San Miguel may lay claim to the newest peace initiative.
Behind the new designation is Camino de la Paz (“The Path of Peace”), a community of inspired individuals, businesses and organizations working to make peace a sustainable reality in San Miguel, and the planners behind the installation of San Miguel’s certified Peace Pole in the old Rinconada de la Aldea, now the Camino de la Paz.
Inclusive, diverse and empowered by their own experience of the innate goodness in all people, they are pursuing their vision through a wide variety of integrated activities, including education, social service projects, concerts, interfaith gatherings, sponsorship of traveling teachers, conflict resolution, Peace Day celebrations, group prayer and meditation.
“We support a peace initiative,” says Steering Committee member Lic. Alejandra García Lezama, “by providing local NGOs and peace organizations with the support they need to grow.” Those services, she adds, will include grants, coaching, legal counsel, publicity, networking and matching local volunteers to the peace-themed projects of local partners.
The visionary behind the group, Dr. Beverly Nelson, also a Steering Committee member for Friday’s event, has brought together a like-minded group of supporters for the initial Camino de la Paz team, including Camino de la Paz Steering Committee members Ivy del Pozzo, Jerry Steward-Morraine, Tom Schneider and Jean Paul Peretz.
Currently, the Camino de la Paz team works diligently on three fronts: Coordinating International Peace Day efforts in San Miguel (September 21); Ensuring San Miguel’s selection as a UN-designated “City of Peace” and fundraising to secure status as an NGO.
This peace gathering serves to update and inform people about the organization and to invite them to participate in helping our community to become a peaceful, harmonious place to live.
“September 21 is International Peace Day,” adds Dr. Nelson,” and we’ll also announce our plans for the upcoming celebration of that day. Both events will prove an opportunity to have fun, as well as join others in creating peace in our community.”
Become a volunteer or simply come and provide your support at Lolita’s Restaurant at Salida de Celaya 52 on Friday, August 15, beginning at 6pm and enjoy drink specials, a 15 percent discount on food and the camaraderie of others in Mexico’s newest Peace City. To learn more, email your inquiries to Info@CaminoDeLaPaz.org.
Camino de la Paz Celebration
Informational Gathering & Camaraderie
Fri, Aug 15, 6-10pm
Salida a Celaya 52