In 1982, Justine Merritt imagined wrapping a “ribbon” around the Pentagon. (She lived in Grand Junction from 1989-1999.) The first ribbon events were held in the U.S. and Japan on the 40th anniversary of the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 4, 1985. Thousand of panels wrapped the Pentagon and the A-Bomb Memorial Dome in Hiroshima.

This ribbon project continued throughout the world and is titled “Tangible Hope.”  These ribbons are usually displayed for the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) and United Nations/United Peoples Day (Oct. 24).

People as individuals, families and organizations have been invited to participate in the Western Slope Ribbon Project. An 18” x 36” panel on which one created an image, whether by quilting, painting, tie dying or some other means was the “participation” ticket. The theme of the panel was to be “Cherish the earth and its people.”

I spoke with Terri Butel, director of SCL Associates, recently about the coincidental (but, really, are there any coincidences?) HOPE Messenger image printed in the SCL Communication of June 1 (pictured at left). It so resembles my thoughts for a panel that I co-designed with a local, very talented artist, Stephanie Goode. I was intrigued by Teilhard de Chardin’s concept of “pleroma” “the fullness of plurality in unity.” (See Ilia Delio, From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe, 2014, Orbis Books, p. 48.) Our design of the globe was based on the artwork contributed by Katy Dickson, a Beyond War volunteer from Denver for use by that movement in 1986 which attempts to include some portion of all the continents.

Grand Junction participants are joining their created panels together in a gathering on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Submitted by Donna Mae Donahue, SCL Associate

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