AMV Peace Picnic brings together different faiths-II
Several members of the city council attended the event, including Jeff Monroe and Mayor Dave Flory who hailed the event.
"Although I wish there was a thousand more people with us today, small things grow into large things," Monroe said. "I think these type of events model the appropriate behavior for the entire world. I wish this could happen everywhere because I firmly believe that someday this is the way the whole world will get together."
Mayor Flory thanked the religious leaders in the local community for working to make sure the community comes together. "It's because of all of you who come together, join together to break bread, that we are able to do this," Flory said.
"This should be a moment for those attending to meet and get to know each other in a delightful and non-threatening, low-key fellowship," according to Pastor Bradley Van Sant. "In these days where our country is at war with far away Islam countries there has been an us-them atmosphere growing in the USA and our neighbors here want to overcome that adversarial situation."
Van Sant said he has worked with Peace Picnic organizer Khalid Saeed over the past years through ecumenical activities in Woodland and "sees this as a time to let others see how he and his family are good neighbors and positive community participants.
The co-sponsors of the first AMV Peace Picnic in Woodland included:
Tri-counties Bank - Woodland Mosque Islamic Center - Lutheran Church of the Incarnation Davis - Kiwanis Club of Woodland - Latino Community Council of Woodland - Cal Aggie Christian Association Davis - The Belfry, Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry UC Davis - Woodland Presbyterian Church - Israel Peace Alternatives Davis - Islamic center of Davis - CAIR-Sacramento Valley - The Unitarian Peace & Justice Group Davis - Saint James Catholic Church of Davis - United Methodist Church of Davis - The Teach Peace Foundation Davis - SALAM center Sacramento - Davis Community Church - The Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Davis - Congregation Bet Haverim Davis – The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Woodland, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Woodland - American Lutheran Church Woodland.