The Peace Festival offers adults with mental handicaps the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of recreation, crafts and fellowship with Susquehanna students, faculty and staff. Our guests for the day are residents of the nearby Selinsgrove Center, a state-run facility for individuals with mental disabilities.
Peace Festivals began in France several decades ago. They were developed by a Catholic layman concerned that people on the fringes of society were not able to participate meaningfully in the passing of the peace during weekly church services because they were separated from mainstream society through no fault of their own. Believing that every person has a gift to give the church, the layman invited community members to join together with physically and mentally challenged people in a celebration of life. Susquehanna continues this tradition with its annual Peace Festival.