August 24, 2017. Our program featured incoming Moravian College Senior Molly Lokitis who is the daughter of an anonymous Easton Rotarian named Brian. This past summer, Molly and a fellow student were given the opportunity to collaborate on a special project to help bring awareness to the Peace and Justice educational program at Moravian.
They decided to produce a video aimed at a college audience. This proved to be no easy task. The five- minute project expanded by three times even with heavy editing. The initial thought of researching programs throughout the world proved too large and they decided to focus on local schools. Interviewing professors proved to be tricky because it was Summer and many were not available. They had to learn how to film and edit a video. Trickiest of all was to come up with a workable definition of peace. The resulting video is called “Moravian College Presents Exploring Peace”.
So, what is “peace”? It is not necessarily the absence of conflict. Indeed, what we consider peace arrives only after great conflict. Dr. Martin Luther King said “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” Mahatma Gandhi said “Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds”. There are different types of peace. There is internal and external peace. There are many layers to this issue. Ultimately they discovered that peace is a highly personal issue and that open conversations are necessary for conflict resolution. People don’t have to agree with each other. They just need a way to exchange ideas and avoid violent resolution.