Peace Crane Project
Join Outreach in a celebration of Peace.In celebration of Laconia's 125 birthday, the Congregational Church of Laconia is planning a peace crane display of over 5000 peace cranes created by children in the Laconia School District, Belknap and Merrimack Jail, Taylor Community and the church members. The "Laconia Cares About Peace" art display will be revealed on Friday, July 6th. Watch for specifics about the event.

 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.

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.