Finding Inner Peace

by Mary Johnson, Children's Ministries and Director of ATB&B

Throughout this spring, the Adult Forum has been focused on the topic of Building Bridges. Through a number of guest speakers we have covered a range of topics including social justice, world religions, escaping gang violence and the complex nature of police/community relations. As evidenced by these speakers, there is not just one "right answer" to any of these issues affecting so many. And individuals will look for answers or resolutions in a variety of places.

The Winnetka Interfaith Council invites the diverse communities of faith in our area to come together to continue these conversations. "Finding Inner Peace: What Do the Sacred Texts Teach?" is the next such offering to be held on Sunday, April 17, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Winnetka Presbyterian Church. Representatives from Temple Jeremiah, First Congregational Church in Wilmette, the Baha'i Faith and the Director of Interfaith Engagement at Northwestern University will serve on a panel moderated by the Rev. Jeff Braun of Winnetka Congregational Church. The topic is: Finding Inner Peace: What Do the Sacred Texts Teach? Each member of the panel will offer specific text/scripture that speak to them when considering finding their personal inner peace.

As I look forward to this presentation and engaging afternoon, I had to ask myself where I look in the sacred texts to find inner peace. The answer was obvious for me. I have the privilege of being with the children on Sunday mornings in the Children's Chapel and participating in the stories of the Godly Play lessons. In that room, during that time, is a very strong example of finding inner peace. The children ask the most wonderful questions and have the most insightful answers when asked "I wonder what you think about....?" The parents who get these children here on Sunday to build a strong faith foundation are giving a great gift to their children. It is a gift that will serve them well for many years to come.

One of the key goals for both the Sunday School component and the preschool classes offered by Holy Comforter is to instill in these children that they are life-long learners. And that is my hope for the adults in this parish as well. We all have the opportunity to be life-long learners and the April 17 panel is a very accessible way to prove that. I hope you can attend.