I remember about four years ago lying in my extra-long twin sized bed trying to fall asleep, roughly around 11:00 p.m. I was trying to get an early night in before a big test, but all I heard was noise. There was a group of very loud students who liked to congregate just outside my door in the Upper-Class wing of Parson’s Hall. I could hear sirens, traffic and people who were walking by. I could hear the shower going and the toilet flushing as my suite-mate readied herself for bed.
Lying there, listening to the noise of the world, it was difficult to find a space for rest.
The noise of the world isn’t just that which is immediately auditory. There is noise in our national and international politics. There is noise in the pollution of our environment, the abuse of our rainforests, the plastics in our oceans. There is noise in the discrimination of our neighbors, the trafficking of our children and the hunger in our homes. The noise around homelessness in Olympia has been very loud lately.
But, there is also noise in our own hearts. The noise that screams when we aren’t doing what we are meant to be doing, that echoes when our bills are higher than our paychecks, that aches when someone we love is hurting.
All of this noise steals our attention away from the things in life that are quieter, and just because they are quieter does not mean they do not deserve our attention.
To hear the things that are quiet, we must quiet ourselves. We have to pause and take a moment to notice them and to appreciate their beauty and abundance.
The Sisters at St. Placid Priory want to facilitate this experience by hosting an art show. Images hold power to reveal, to remind, and to move people’s hearts. We at St. Placid Priory are aware that the world, always in need of more peace, already provides many places, peoples, and situations that are at peace. Our vision for the art show is to bring forth images of this peace, revealing beauty and hope, and reminding us that there is peace right now in our world.
The Third Annual Images of Peace Art Show and Sale will be held on May 3-4, 2019. Friday night from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. we will have a Gala event. Those 21 and older are invited to view art, buy art, and enjoy hors devours and refreshments. Tickets are $15 per person. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. will be a free open house for everyone. Proceeds will be shared with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle, a collaboration of several Pacific Northwest religious communities.
So please, enjoy a break from the noise of the world to come and celebrate peace with us! St. Placid Priory is just a couple blocks down College Street.
St. Placid Priory
500 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516