"The Sacred Run: The Lotus and the Feather" will be the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County's monthly film for June, to be shown Wednesday, June 18, at Belfast Free Library, 109 High St. A potluck supper and community celebration of spring and summer solstice will precede the film, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 6:15 p.m.

"The Sacred Run" documents an event that has taken place annually in various countries since 1978. It began as an effort to strengthen Native culture and has grown into an international annual event. This film describes the run held in Japan in 1995 and similar runs in previous years. Indigenous people from Canada, the United States and Japan, joined by individuals from 14 countries, traveled 4,000 kilometers along the Sea of Japan on a spiritual run.

The purpose of The Sacred Run is to promote peace, to encourage respect for the earth and all life and to share the rich cultural diversity of the human race. The runners carried the simple message, that All Life is Sacred. The filmmakers were full participants in the 1995 run, where much of the footage was made. "The Sacred Run" goes beyond individuals and running to look at indigenous perspectives about the sacredness of all life.

The public is invited and encouraged to bring food to share and, if possible, a place setting, to the Peace and Justice Group's annual summer potluck; plates and utensils will be provided if needed. The hour-long film will be followed by a discussion. The screening and potluck are free, with donations accepted. For more information, call 338-5089.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.