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a March 2007 Sunday morning service held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
Southern Maryland (UUFSM), six many-colored Peace Shawls were blessed by the
congregation before they were sent to Iraqi women in Baghdad,
member’s son, who is currently serving as the liaison officer for the US Embassy
and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, was ready to receive the shawls and pass them on to
the U.S. chaplain who would distribute them to Iraqi women.
The Peace Shawl Project is an effort by
UUFSM members to reach out in love and peace to Iraqi women who are experiencing
grief and loss. Each shawl is
created intentionally and contemplatively with love and peace by its
creator. The member's son wrote: “As the
shawl is worn by the receiver, it hastens the healing process and can serve as
an aid to reconciliation. For the
maker, I suspect it has a similar impact in that although they may be separated
by distance and time, one can still make a positive difference in the lives of
people who are tragically affected by
Iraq’s sectarian violence. It is an act of kindness…who wouldn’t be
moved by that? The point being that
kindness is a choice, and a soothing relief to all the ailments in the
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
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