Imagine: “Whirled Peace” – Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
On September 21, 2019, in recognition of International Day of Peace, Unity Church of San Antonio Youth and Family Ministry will take part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace on our campus located at 1723 Lawndale, San Antonio, TX 78209.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. On September 21, 2005, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning approximately 500,000 pinwheels. In their 11th year, 2018, that number had grown to over 4.5 million pinwheels spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Locally, this year Unity Church of San Antonio Youth and Family Ministry will be contributing to the Pinwheels for Peace project for their 3rd consecutive year.
This project is non-political – peace can be associated with more than the conflict of war. It can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, capturing the same simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
As part of the creation process, youth of Unity Church of San Antonio will write their thoughts about “peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side of their pinwheels. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. The youth along with adult volunteers will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels on the Unity Church campus, at 1723 Lawndale, as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.
On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind is intended to spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!
For more information, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com