THE REV. KIM Stowell stands beside 314: A Project Space, where she holds spiritual sessions monthly.       Ian Stepleton photo
THE REV. KIM Stowell stands beside 314: A Project Space, where she holds spiritual sessions monthly. Ian Stepleton photo

     A PEACEFUL TRANSITION of power was decidedly less tranquil this year, as protests erupted during last week Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump, as well as a massive march the next day.

      An area pastor believes she has the perfect response for such tensions.

     Rather than focus on the drama, the Rev. Kim Stowell would rather help Ripon residents find peace.

     Peace, regardless of one’s political — or even religious — background.

     Sunday evening, she’ll hold the latest in a series of spiritual healing services at 7 p.m. in 314: A Project Space (located at 314 Watson St.).
These are sessions designed to connect with anyone of any faith background, and meant to encourage understanding between groups. Drawing from Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and more, the sessions encourage participants to find peace as well as commonality with others.

     “I would like us to come together in peace: as different as we are, it would be a time of unity and peace,” she said. ...

      STOWELL, A LUTHERAN pastor (ELCA) from St. Stephen’s in Rogersville, came up with the idea long before the inauguration. In fact, it’s a monthly program she’s been holding at 314 Watson St. since late September.

     “There’s a lot of tension in our world today; there’s a lot of anger, a lot of fear. For a long time I sat back and thought, ‘Isn’t that awful?’ ... I just decided it was time to do something,” she said. ...

      To read the entire column, see the Jan. 26, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.