Peace Without Borders: Welcoming the Refugee

Mar 14, 2016

Pasadena-Palm-Sunday-Peace_ParadeGratitude to Monica Hubbard of Wired Women for directing our attention to this event.

For those who may be interested…

The 14th Annual Pasadena Palm Sunday Peace Parade, “Peace Without Borders: Welcoming the Refugee,” will take place on March 20 at 3 p.m.

The purpose of the march is to call attention to the global refugee crisis. Organizers of the Peace Parade are challenging themselves and their neighbors to speak up for the needs of refugees and to work together to serve displaced people everywhere.

As a sign of solidarity with refugees who are often forced to leave their homes on over-crowded boats, the parade organizers are encouraging participants to wear life vests, carry posters, and bring children’s wagons made up to look like boats.

Children can ride in the wagon-boats along the parade route, carrying banners and stories of refugees throughout history—including Jesus, who, decades before riding into Jerusalem, found refuge in Egypt from the terror of a tyrant. (Palm Sunday Peace Parade)


Oct. 2015: Inflatable boat with Syrian Refugees in Skala Sykamias, Lesvos, Greece

Oct. 2015: Inflatable boat with Syrian refugees arriving at Skala Sykamias, Lesvos, Greece; photo by Ggia


The Peace Parade begins at Reformation Church with a “family-friendly peace witness and public worship event,” then proceeds to the intersection of Garfield and Colorado Avenues for music and brief words of wisdom and inspiration.

As we march, we will sing songs, pray and proclaim God’s peace. This event puts Palm Sunday back in the streets where it began. On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus began his journey at the margins of his society – Galilee — and ended it in the center — Jerusalem. We, too, will march from a historically marginalized neighborhood to the economic center of the city, symbolically reminding ourselves that economic injustice and war go hand-in-hand.

The Peace Parade began at the outbreak of the war in Iraq in 2003. We continue, not only because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, but also because this outdoor worship event proclaims God’s Reign of Peace and Justice for all time. (Palm Sunday Peace Parade)






“Peace Without Borders: Welcoming the Refugee” Parade
Sunday, March 20th, 3 p.m.
Parade begins at Reformation Church, 570 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
For more info, visit the parade event page on Facebook


Parade pictures from prior years courtesy of Palm Sunday Peace Parade.






Sponsors: All Saints Church, Urban Village of Pasadena, Reformation Church, Progressive Christians Uniting, Pasadena Mennonite Church, Orange Grove Friends Meeting, Church for Others, Montrose Peace Vigil, Knox Presbyterian Church, Jesus for Revolutionaries Church, and Crescenta Valley Methodist Church.




Photo, above: Syrian refugees with USAID Asst. Administrator Nancy Lindborg at the Islahiye Refugee Camp in Turkey in January 2013. Photo by U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, Syrian refugees in inflatable boat, by Ggia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.





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