Peace Crane Project
Join Outreach in a celebration of Peace. In early July the city of Laconia will be celebrating the 125th birthday of Laconia! Outreach thought that this would be a great time to share the ‘good news’ that The Congregational Church of Laconia is a “JUST PEACE” church and all that means.
We have contacted the city and they are happy for us to join in the celebration. What are we going to do? We are going to make at least 4500, yes 4500, peace cranes and hang them under the bridge. It will be an archway display with 4500 peace cranes lit up and hanging for all to see and walk under. We plan to have a display telling about the peace cranes and all the ‘Just Peace’ related ministries that we participate in.

What can you do to help? Make peace cranes! We will be using 6” x 6” origami paper. Every Monday at 11 am join together in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the Parish House. We will be teaching people, having fellowship and lots of laughs as we figure this out together how to make these amazing symbols of peace. If you can’t make it at that time please contact Rev. Paula. Anything else you can do? Make peace cranes at home or let Rev. Paula or Claudia Wright know if you know of a group or a class that may be interested in making cranes for us. For example: Rev Paula is going to show the youth in the Key Club at the High School how to make them and they will make as many as they can for us. We cannot have too many - we will find places to display them if we have more than we need! The more peace the better.

Why peace cranes? After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the legacy of Sadako began. Sadako was only two at the time of the bombing - she and her family survived the bombing but 10 years later because of her exposure to the radiation she was stricken with leukemia. In Japan the crane is a symbol of long life. Sadako, folded more than a thousand paper cranes and the legend says that with each paper crane she wished for life and peace. After Sadako’s death her classmates raises money for a monument in her honor and all those who died because of the bombing...since then peace cranes have become a symbol of peace.