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Church celebrates 'International Day of Peace' Sunday

"Each person will be able to say, 'I learned something. I can do this,'" Meehan said. "We want them to find something that makes sense in their life for peace and justice."

Meehan was raised with that kind of mindset. "We're one global family. We're all neighbors," she said.

To that end, when she learned about three Ugandan children who were going to dance and perform in the Capital District this summer, Meehan volunteered to let them stay with her in Ballston Spa. Her children are grown and she had empty rooms, she said.

She acknowledged with a laugh that she wasn't aware she was going to have the kids for a full week. But as the week wore on, she wished she could keep them longer.

"The time feels too short," she said. "It's wonderful. I feel lucky that I live my life open to these possibilities. I feel like it has been a privilege."

At 1:30, the fair will unveil a number of demonstrations and activities for families. There will be chalk drawing on the sidewalks with the youth group from Temple Sinai. People are invited to make a "pinwheel for peace" that will be installed at the fair. There will be musical performances, face painting and a drumming workshop.

Performers include The Solidarity Singers, God's Hands Puppet Team and Billion Bells for Peace.

Meehan is somewhat in awe of all the groups taking part, particularly since when she first tried to recruit organizations to the fair, it was a bit of a tough sell.

"People were somewhat skeptical initially," she said. "It's something new, so some people are always skeptical."

But as more organizations signed on and word of mouth spread, Meehan's phone started to ring regularly with more people wanting to take part.

"The response has been terrific," she said. "We haven't turned many people away."

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