When nine Friends in Norman, Oklahoma, took on the challenge of sponsoring an Eyes Wide Open exhibit at Oklahoma University, it opened their eyes – to the possibility of turning their worship group into a full-fledged meeting.
“The display did not bond us,” says Jim Warram, one of the Friends. “It revealed that we were already bonded.”
John and Gail Fletcher, members of the group, had seen the exhibit several years earlier at the Gathering in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The Organize the Hope College Fellowship program and orientation training was held in Chicago on September 11-13th. We had an amazing group of fellows at the training, a very diverse group that hailed from New Hampshire, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The students have hit the ground running and are already producing events on campus, using AFSC materials and resources and being mentored by AFSC staff.
Eyes Wide Open on display at Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington.
In May 2007, the National Eyes Wide Open exhibit was displayed in its entirety in Chicago’s Grant Park for the last time. Since then, AFSC has split the exhibit into individual state exhibit that feature the boots of the soldier’s only from that state.
In Indiana, there are 159 pairs of boots that represent Hoosiers who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Along with the boots, 150 pairs of shoes are displayed to represent the Afghan and Iraqi civilian casualties. Credible estimates put the combined civilian casualties at well over 1.2 million.
Boots at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Collegeville.
Eyes Wide Open Across Pennsylvania, a part of AFSC's widely acclaimed exhibition on the Iraq War, explores the history, human cost and consequences of the war. The traveling exhibit includes an installation of pairs of boots honoring every U.S. military casualty in Pennsylvania, pairs of shoes to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, a multimedia display, and a dialogue and listening component.
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