Looking for peace? Local talks aim to ‘rewrite the narrative of fear’

St. Mark's Episcopal Church & School is having its annual peace lecture series. This image is from the brochure.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School is having its annual peace lecture series. This image is from the brochure.

There’s plenty to be afraid of in the world, but local faith and community leaders are talking about how to conquer fear and pursue peace instead.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School‘s “Path to Peace: Rewriting the Narrative of Fear,” lecture series started Thursday night, but it will have two more installments 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2. The free talks are in Coleman Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School, 3395 Burns Road, in Palm Beach Gardens.

Temple Judea Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik, Rev. John D’Mello and Imam Jazakallah Mohamed next Thursday will discuss how extremism has crept into all three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The faith leaders will discuss how each of their communities addresses fear as they pursue peace, according to a brochure about the program.

Lastly, Compass Community Center CEO Tony Plakas will talk about the vulnerability of fearful teenagers struggling with sexual identity. Compass works with LGBT young people and the communities where they live. The Pulse nightclub shooting and other attacks are manifestations of fear.

The first talk was by Rev. Hannah Bonner, a United Methodist pastor who kept vigil for 80 days in a row outside the Waller County Jail in Texas where Sandra Bland was jailed and died while in custody. Bonner launched a movement that brings theology to bear on current issues about race and culture, according to her bio in the lecture series brochure.

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