Thursday, January 20, 2011

Community coming together for Children's Day

Those participating in the Day of Healing for Tucson's children include:

• Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, Congregation Chaverim, Tucson.

• Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Roman Catholic Bishop of Tucson, will share a story and talk with children at the opening session at 3 pm.

United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño (Arizona) will speak to children at the opening session from 3 pm to 3:25 pm.

Tu Nidito, will offer talking circles for children ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 12. In addition Tu Nidito will offer two workshops for parents to equip them to help their children deal with grief, trauma, and questions about death. The workshops will be offered at 3:30 and 4 pm.

• Artist Linda Cato, art educator at Imago Dei Middle School will host a mural making station for kids to image the kind of world they want to help create.

• Musician Bruce Phillips, children's musician at St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal church will lead sing-a-long music sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Ben's Bells, will offer children a chance to help create bells to distribute around Tucson to spread kindness across our community.

• Trained pet therapy dogs with Rev. Anne Strong, deacon at St. Philips Episcopal church will be in the outside courtyard.

• Mothers from the MISS Foundation will assist with the pet therapy dogs and be available to talk with parents and children.

• Beads of Courage will give children the opportunity to make a special strand of beads as they think about what it means to live with hope, courage, and love.

• Religious leaders from Jewish, Sikh, and Christian traditions will be available to pray and talk with children and families.

Special thanks to Flam Chen for sharing supplies to create the peace tent, and to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Grand Canyon Lutheran Synod for support.

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