• Danville Boy Scout troop brings Peace Light to Hendricks County

    December 14, 2011 No comments

    Boy Scout Troop 302 in Danville will offer the public something they can’t get just anywhere.

    On Saturday, visitors to Danville United Methodist Church, 820 W. Mill St., can see the Peace Light up close and bring their own candles to light from the flame.

    The Peace Light originates from a lantern in the Church of the Nativity, where Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth. The lantern has reportedly burned continuously for more than a thousand years.

    Each Christmas the Peace Light is transported in a couple of blast-proof miners lamps from Israel to Austria, where it’s distributed to delegations across Europe – one of which is the Boy Scouts. Following 9/11, Scouts from Canada brought the Peace Light to New York City.

    A couple of Scout leaders from Minnesota were fascinated upon learning about the Peace Light. Four years ago they traveled to New York with the mission of spreading the flame across the Midwest. Three years ago, on their way back from New York to Minnesota, they stopped in Danville with the Peace Light because they had relatives here. Jeff Decker, assistant scoutmaster with Troop 302, met with them.

    Scouts from Troop 302 will introduce the Peace Light during a special ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. A light breakfast will be served there from 8 to 10 a.m. It’s free and open to the public, and visitors may bring candles to light from the Peace Light. Decker suggests bringing a tea light and an empty soup can to transport it in.

    The Peace Light is also accessible during the church’s regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    For more information, visit the website at peacelight.org.

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