Giving peace that chance…

Just as the Vatican newspaper has forgiven John Lennon for his “more popular than Jesus” crack…

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor are beginning an Advent Vespers series on Sunday called “Giving Peace a Chance: Anticipating the Year of Reconciliation.”

All we are sayyying is…

Here’s the line-up:

Nov. 30, Rev. Peter Sabune, Episcopal priest, chaplain at Sing Sing, and founder of Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project in Rwanda.

Dec. 7, the Rev. Elias Mallon, a Graymoor Friar and on the staff of Franciscans International at the U.N.

Dec. 14, Doug Hostetter of the Mennonite Central Commmittee.

Dec. 21, Sister Margaret Holden of the Canticle Ministry in NYC, which assists families and individuals coping with HIV/AIDS.

Each program will begin at 4 p.m.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.