On Sept. 22, Chatham Hall celebrated the International Day of Peace with a Chapel service inviting community members to stand for peace around the world.
Reciting the words, "may peace prevail on Earth," Chaplain Beth Barksdale officially dedicated a peace garden as part of the Chapel, and memorialized the event with the campus' new Peace Pole. Twenty-three students participated in the service and flags from seven different countries were displayed. Camille Neal-Harris '21 opened the service with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, inviting those assembled to "bear peace in our hearts and to be peacemakers in our communities."
"We hope today's service will remind all who pass by to stop, if only for a moment, and consider what is required for the world to be at peace," Chaplain Barksdale said.
Located in the Hilltop Garden across from Pruden Lawn, the Peace Pole is a guidepost for those who might like to think about, reflect on, and pray for peace. It is also a new addition to the campus Touchstones, outside contemplative locations that invite meditation and reflection.
The International Day of Peace Chapel is the second this year that follows national and international monthly observances to increase awareness and inclusion for a more just, sustainable, and equitable world. On Sept. 20, the Hispanic Heritage Month Chapel was coordinated with the assistance of Ms. Jackson. In October the School will celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, and in November will celebrate Native American Heritage.
"The observance Chapels remind us that it is our shared humanity that unites us," said Barksdale, "igniting a mutual desire to create and defend necessary and positive change."
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.