JOIN US IN A WATER BLESSING
Friday, June 23, 2017 Canalside at 10:00AM
More than 300 Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will gather for their congregational Chapter meeting from June 19 – June 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Sisters will be coming from various parts of the US as well as the Philippines, Guam, Argentina, Belize, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Guyana, Jamaica, and Panama.
To show the Sisters of Mercy commitment to the human right to water, on Friday, June 23, at about 9:15 AM, sisters who are able will participate in a Contemplative Walk down Main St. from the Hyatt to Canalside. They will be led by our Native American friends who will be drumming and chanting. Others who wish to join the sisters can do so anywhere along the Main St. route.
Other friends in the Interfaith Climate Justice Community and members of the Climate Justice Coalition will also gather at Canalside to welcome the sisters.
Following short prayers and readings, our Native American friends will speak briefly about their history with Lake Erie, and with their own water issues. Sisters who have brought water from their bio-regions will come and pour their water into a large container accompanied by sisters in their native costumes and soft drumming by our Native American friends. They will then sprinkle the blended water over the sisters and over the area, and then pour a little into Lake Erie.
The sisters will return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel to continue their deliberations. The blended water will remain in the meeting room.
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Sister Eileen O’Connor 834-9987 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul McQuillen 997-8659 paulmcesq.@nyagv.org