Everyone Has A Story of Peace

Members of the Loras community love sharing stories of peace. That is what we learned after award-winning photographer, John Noltner, spent Tuesday, September 19th taking pictures of Loras faculty, staff and students, inviting them to share a time when they saw peace in their lives in 25 words or less. A record-breaking, 77 people took the time to share their stories.

Noltner’s visit was part of the annual Peace and Justice Week, which took place September 18-25. Included during the entire week was Noltner’s art exhibit based on his second book, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories featuring 32 panel double-sided panels that are 36” wide and 72” high. This inspiring collection is the result of John Noltner’s 40,000 mile journey across our country, asking the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” 58 people from diverse backgrounds share stories of hope, redemption, and forgiveness, paired with compelling color portraits.

The one-day photo shoot was an amazing bonus of having the art exhibit on campus. “A Peace of My Mind was such an inspiring program to have on campus because it allowed people to recognize that God grants everyone peace throughout all aspects of life,” said sophomore Erica Timmerman. The 77 images and quotes have been shared through Facebook, but will be utilized in printed format on the campus in some capacity. Click here to see the photos/quotes.

For more information on the art exhibit, visit https://apomm.net/about.