BENNINGTON - The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council offer an evening to remember and live out the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the civic holiday honoring King, Monday, Jan. 21, the sponsoring groups will offer a peace candlelight vigil and singing at the Four Corners at 6 p.m. At 6:30 a candlelight procession will move participants to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (108 School Street) for light refreshments, warm beverages and the opportunity to view the film "Education Under Fire." While participation in both events is encouraged, persons can elect to attend one or the other.

This 30 minute film "Education Under Fire" discusses issues of religious freedom and tolerance, values held dear to Dr. King's message and ministry.

The film explores the Iranian government's treatment of adherents to the Baha'i Faith, the largest religious minority in Iran. The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion with adherents around the world and in our own local community.

"Education Under Fire," with its focus on Iran's systematic, government persecution of its minorities that includes denial of education for its Baha'i population, invites greater discussion on the role of universal human rights as defined by the United Nations in 1948, the vision of justice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the role of justice in the achievement of the world peace, and what can one individual in Bennington do to make a difference.


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The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council is a gathering of diverse local religious communities working toward a common witness and mutual collaborative witness.

The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center's mission is to work cooperatively with its members and other partners to advance peacemaking and the promotion of social and economic justice both locally and globally. Contact Rev. Jerrod Hugenot with questions at 442-2105 or David O'Brien at 447-0259.