Life is always super busy, but how can you say anything but "yes" when the Unitarian Universalist Society and the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors ask you to participate in an International Day of Peace celebration in Geneva?
That's why I'll be hosting a panel discussion tomorrow (Saturday) at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 110 S. Second St. in Geneva, and I hope you'll say "yes," too.
The panel discussion is just one part of an outstanding program, set to run from 1 to 5 p.m., which includes a knock-your-socks-off speaker, Communications Consultant Thom Thomas, plus the lovely Linda and Loy Williams (Linda is the lovelier of the two :), who actually marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement, plus a United-Nations-style forum conducted by Geneva High School students. Add to that lineup folks songs, puppet shows and other kids activities, and you've got something more than a little special.
I think the panel discussion will be interesting, not because of the moderator but because of the panelists and the topic.
Under the far-reaching headline of "Whose Truth Is it Anyway?" is the subhead, "How can voters find the truth in media in an election year?"
The panel chuck full o' outstanding journalists and represents many of the major news organizations in the Geneva area: Kane Country Chronicle Editor Kathy Gresey, Daily Herald Tri-Cities Editor Mike Smith, Suburban Life Publications columnist Jerry Moore, and Dirk Johnson, former bureau chief for the New York Times and for Newsweek magazine, and current Writer in Residence at Northern Illinois University.
It's an important conversation—and it's a very good group.
The International Day of Peace is celebrated annually in Geneva, and its organizers are among the sharpest, kindest and most-dedicated volunteers I've met. Special kudos to Jean Pierce and to Rachel Yackley for making the whole thing come together.
If you're not at Friday's Geneva-St. Charles North football game, as I will, you can get started with your Peace Day activities at 7 p.m. (Sept. 21), when the Unitarian Universalist Society hosts a free screening of the Sisters of Selma video.
And I'll see you tomorrow, at the moment of "Truth." :)