Gettysburg Monthly Meeting has long been associated with the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice in Gettysburg. On Saturday, February 20th, the ICPJ is planning Let It Begin With Me, a day-long celebration of peace and justice through the arts, to be held at the Lutheran Seminary in Valentine Hall. Artists, performers and presenters are encouraged to express perspectives or experiences of peace and justice. Often peace and justice events protest against situations that threaten or withhold peace and justice from others. The ICPJ wants to act positively to encourage thought and action in support of peace and justice.
In 2006, the KU Klux Klan demonstrated in Gettysburg and Gettysburg Monthly Meeting was one of the community groups who chose not to protest against the Klan’s presence but instead presented Community Unity Day, a joyous celebration of support for diversity in the Gettysburg area. This arts festival Let It Begin With Me is presented in that same positive spirit. It is hoped that all who attend will come away with a greater understanding and commitment to peace and justice.