Service Against Genocide 2013 — Focus on Cambodia

Cambodia Temple

 

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rd Annual

 

Interfaith Gathering

 

against Genocide:

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:00 & 4:15PM

 

Jointly sponsored by the

 

Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA)

 

& Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

3:00 PM: Short Preview from

 

 

Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey

 

4:15 PM: Interfaith Service

 

Glory Buddhist (New)

 

Temple, Lowell

 

153 Hale Street

 

(Corner of Cambridge Street)

 

Lowell, MA 01851

 

Focus on Cambodia:

 

Prayer, Healing, & Action

 

Also featured:

 

Khmer Refugee Survivor Stories from

 

 

More Than a Number,

 

a project of Light of Cambodian Children, Inc.

 

After the Service: Reception and Information/ Action Table

 

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Order of Events

 

3:00 PM

 

– Short Preview from Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey

 

and Slideshow on

 

More Than a Number (MTAN) Exhibit

 

 

Sopheap Theam, Curator

 

 

Kowith Kret

 

, Survivor, Sharing about More Than a Number (MTAN)

 

4:00 PM

 

– Interfaith Service against Genocide

 

After the service

 

– Reception with Information/ Action table (kitchen)

 

Interfaith Service against Genocide

 

In keeping with the solemnity of the service, we ask that all cell phones and other personal

 

electronic devices be turned off. Out of respect for the presenters, please, no flash photography.

 

We also ask that there be no applause.

 

Procession

 

Members of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA) and

 

Other Participants

 

Opening Chant, Chamroeun Breah Barit

 

(Monks chanting to wish for the best in

 

humankind and to bless the living) –

 

Abbot Venerable Sambo Chhoum, Head Monk,

 

Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

 

Venerable Savoeun Chom, Monk, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

Introduction to the Service

 

Rabbi Dawn Rose, Ph.D., Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of the

 

Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

Introduction to the Temple

 

– Vichhay Sok

 

, President, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

Welcome and Hindu Prayer

 

Tej Tanden, CoPresident,

 

GLILA, Om Temple, Billerica

 

Muslim Call to Prayer

 

Hafiz Abdul Hannan, Muslim community of Lowell; Visiting Imam,

 

Waltham Islamic Society, Waltham

 

Survivor Testimony

 

Brandon W. Eang, Graphic Design Teacher, Westford Academy

 

Poetry of Recovery

 

Niem NayKret,

 

Community Health Worker, Lowell Community Health

 

Center

 

Mi Sheberach, Jewish Prayer

 

Rabbi Dawn Rose, Ph.D., Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of the

 

Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

 

Members, Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

(For text and tune of “Mi Sheberach,” please see next page.)

 

Testimony, Christian Hymn, and Christian Prayer

 

The Rev. Thysan Sam, D.Min.,

 

Cambodian Chaplain, Eliot Church, Lowell

 

 

Members, Christian Cambodian Community, Eliot Church, Lowell

 

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Invitation to Reception and Information/ Action Table

 

Rabbi Dawn Rose, Ph.D., Rabbi,

 

Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

Closing Chant

 

, Bang Sakol (Monks chanting to purify the ancestors’ and victims’ souls and to

 

wish for the better life in their re‐incarnation) –

 

Abbot Venerable Sambo Chhoum,

 

Head Monk, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

 

Venerable Savoeun Chom, Monk, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

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Khmer Refugee Survivor Stories from

 

More Than a Number

 

Exhibit

 

April 17, 2013, was the 38

 

th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh,

 

Cambodia.

 

More Than a Number is a photo collection and traveling exhibit that includes T

 

(transit) number photos taken in refugee camps and holding centers, stories, poems, and

 

personal histories. Dance costumes from preand

 

postgenocide

 

years, as well as “Remember”

 

(portraits of S21

 

prisoners painted by Rachel Faller on rough silk) are also in the exhibit.

 

More

 

Than a Number

 

is a project of Light of Cambodian Children, Inc. This afternoon’s gathering

 

includes selections from the exhibit.

 

Reception with Information/ Action Table

 

Following the Interfaith Service against Genocide, you are invited to a reception in the temple

 

kitchen. An information/ action table will be available with literature and opportunities for

 

action provided by Amnesty International, Metta Health Center, and Lowell Community Health

 

Center.

 

Mission Statement of the Greater Lowell Interfaith

 

Leadership Alliance (GLILA)

 

The Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA) is open to and welcomes leaders

 

from diverse faiths within the Greater Lowell area. Our unity is based on our shared purpose of

 

building relationships of mutual respect among the members, the communities they represent

 

and area faith communities. Our mission is to broaden our understanding of faith traditions

 

and to support each other’s work and faith journey. Our commitment is to be a united force for

 

spiritual and moral leadership and cooperation within the Greater Lowell community and to

 

promote dialogue among faith traditions.

 

[http://www.glila.org/]

 

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GLILA Genocide Project Committee Members

 

Stephen Fisher

 

, Ph.D., Spiritual Psychologist, Healing Springs Counseling, Lowell

 

Sister Pauline LeBlanc

 

, s.c.o. Provincial Superior, Sisters of Charity of Ottawa; Secretary,

 

GLILA

 

Niem NayKret

 

,

 

Community Health Worker, Lowell Community Health Center

 

Rabbi Dawn Rose

 

, Ph.D., Chair, Genocide Project Committee; Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of the

 

Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

The Rev. Thysan Sam

 

, D.Min., Cambodian Chaplain, Eliot Church, Lowell

 

The Rev. Imogene Stulken

 

, Protestant Campus Minister, UMass Lowell

 

Tej Tanden

 

, Om Temple, Billerica; CoPresident,

 

GLILA

 

Special Thanks to:

 

Abbot Venerable Sambo Chhoum

 

, Abbot and Head Monk, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

Carol Gagne

 

, Director of Mission and Chaplaincy, Lowell General Hospital

 

Kowith Kret

 

, More Than a Number Exhibit; Member, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell; Voices of

 

Cambodian Children

 

, 91.5 WUML

 

Sidney Liang

 

,

 

Voices of Cambodian Children, 91.5 WUML; Jivit Thmei TV, South East Asian

 

Resources for Culture and Health (SEARCH), Lowell Community Health Center

 

Niem NayKret

 

,

 

Community Health Worker, Lowell Community Health Center

 

Sonith Peou

 

, Voices of Cambodian Children, 91.5 WUML; Jivit Thmei TV, South East Asian

 

Resources for Culture and Health (SEARCH), Lowell Community Health Center

 

Sayon Souen

 

, More Than a Number exhibit; Executive Director, Light of Cambodian Children,

 

Inc.

 

Sopheap Theam

 

, CoProducer,

 

Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey;

 

Curator, Light of Cambodian

 

Children, Inc.

 

Members

 

, Cambodian Christian Community, Eliot Church, Lowell

 

Members

 

, Glory Buddhist Temple, Lowell

 

Members

 

, Pawtucket Congregational Church, Lowell

 

Members

 

, Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, Lowell

 

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Convention on the Prevention and Punishment

 

of the Crime of Genocide

 

Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly

 

on 9 December 1948.

 

Article 2

 

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with

 

intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as

 

such:

 

(a) Killing members of the group;

 

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

 

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring

 

about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

 

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

 

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

 

[http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html, accessed 26 April 2013]

 

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