Candlelight ceremony for Thinking Day

Setting: One large candle preferable multi-colored. Six smaller candles on

the table, preferably in six different colors. Each participant should have

their own candle, mixed colors are best. Start with the large candle lit and

light the six candles off it as the following are read:

 

I light this candle in friendship for all of the people who are older or younger, taller or smaller, richer or poorer than me.

 

I light this candle in friendship for all people who worship differently than me

 

I light this candle in friendship for all people of a different nationality or ethnic group than me

 

I light this candle in friendship for all people who are a different color than me

 

I light this candle in friendship for all people who come from other countries than me

 

I light this candle in friendship for all people who don't run, walk, see, hear or learn the same as me

 

I light this candle for me, for I am unique and special.

(at this point we passed the light from person to person, with each saying

the above line when they lit their candle--after everyone's candle is lit

continue with the following parts)
 

Watch the flames closely, please. Notice the light from each candle is the same, even though the outside of each candle is different. So, too, are all of us in the world.

 

We wear different clothes, speak different languages, follow different religions or beliefs, like different foods, sing different songs. And yet, we all belong to the same human race.

 

Inside we are all the same. We all wish to be recognized, we all wish to be called by name, we all wish for friends, we all wish for peace.

 

In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to world friendship.

 

In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to peacemaking.

 

In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to accept the challenge to "look wider still."

 

Stars that shine together form a galaxy

Flowers that grow together create a garden

Buildings that stand together begin a city

People who work together make a difference.

 

This is what valuing differences are all about.

 
 

 

 

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