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Lewisburg to Celebrate Good Neighbors - 'Our Beloved CommUnity'

Apr 20, 2015 11:17AM ● By Erica Shames

Would you like to enjoy eclectic music, eat delicious food, and join a variety of activities while learning how wonderful our community is? Come to “Our Beloved Community” event, Sunday, June 7, from noon to 5 p.m., at Hufnagle Park, to celebrate volunteer activities and honor the amazing work done by Doug and Margie Sturm and by many members of our community.

Our hope is that “Our Beloved Community” becomes a yearly event to celebrate our ties to each other, as well as to inspire further commitment to volunteerism and a bold vision for a better world.

The CommUnity Zone, in partnership with CARE (Community Alliance for Respect & Equality) is organizing “Our Beloved CommUnity.”  The celebration will open at the gazebo with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Beloved Community Kiosk in honor of Doug and Margie Sturm.  That ceremony will be followed by a full afternoon of wonderful music, good food, and activities for all ages. 

In addition, representatives from a number of local agencies will be staffing booths and providing information about many of the wonderful initiatives already happening in the Susquehanna Valley.  A variety of service opportunities, including health care, education, animal assistance, and more, will be represented so that individuals may find personally meaningful ways to give something back to the wider community that nurtures us all.

Doug and Margie Sturm lived in Lewisburg for over 50 years and contributed endlessly of their time and compassion to the community. Their impact was felt far and wide in the Central Susquehanna Valley. Doug passed away last April, and his beloved Margie soon followed. They were committed to “the interconnectedness of all forms of existence, and the responsibility each person bears for the welfare of the evolving community of life.“ They both provided us with excellent examples of such commitment and vision. She was active in the public library, Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition, now Transitions, Social Concerns Committee (Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church), Susquehanna Association for the Arts, Related Arts Committees (Lewisburg Area School District), Democratic Women of Buffalo Valley, and the Union County Democratic Committee. In addition, she served as an English teacher in the Lewisburg School District for 20 years. Doug, a professor of Religion at Bucknell University, was instrumental in creating the Institute for the Study of Human Values, as well as a Medical Ethics Study Group, a Professional Ethics Program, a Social Theory Program, a Social Justice College, and a Peace Studies Curriculum. Perhaps his most lasting local contribution comes from his founding of the non-profit organization called Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE).

We at the CommUnity Zone and CARE believe in creating a place where all members of the community and organizations that serve them share ideas, talents and resources that contribute to vibrant, caring and connected communities. It’s a grand idea, but one that deserves more of our attention. While each of us can make a difference, together we can make true and lasting change.

While we have many organizations and musicians already committed to be a part of this grand day, we are reaching out for your possible involvement.  Each organization will have space in the park to set up.  On behalf of CARE and the ComUnty Zone I do hope you will join us.

For more information contact: Cynthia Peltier,, 570-713-7479

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