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2018 Peacelight Ceremony

December 15, 2018 @ 14:00 - 16:00

2018 Annual Peacelight Ceremony

Since 1989 the Austrian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides have been distributing the “Light of Peace from Bethlehem” initiated by the ORF. Starting from Vienna (2018 from Linz) it goes to more than 20 European countries, to the US and in some Countries of South Amerika.

The idea of the “ORF Light of Peace from Bethlehem” is closely connected with the birth of Jesus. It reminds us of the announcement of peace on the fields of the shepherds more than 2000 years ago. Therefore the distribution to the public should be very close to Christmas.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the New Cathedral, Herrenstraße 26, 4020 Linz (Upper Austria).

Brief History of the Peacelight Movement

In the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem there is an oil lamp that has been burning continuously for centuries. This is known as the Peacelight flame. All the Christian nations in the world take turns contributing oil for this lamp.

The Peacelight of Bethlehem movement started in Austria in 1986. In that year, the Austrian radio and television corporation, ORF and Austrian Airlines, sponsored a trip to Bethlehem to light the first Peacelight lantern from the eternal flame burning in the Grotto. The flame was flown back to Austria and with the help of the Austrian Scouts, the Austrian Railways distributed the flame throughout the country.

Usually on the second Saturday of December, the flame is distributed to all the participant Scout delegations at a special ceremony in Vienna (this year’s ceremony will be held in Linz).

From Vienna the European Scout organizations and the TAC delegation take the flame back to their respective countries and distribute it by railway or by other means to the various cities. The flame is also distributed to North America.

The TAC Peacelight Coordinator is Jeff Arter, jeffarter@hotmail.com

The TAC Peacelight Delegation Head is Chris Potter, potterc@hotmail.com

The contact person for the TAC delegation is Chris Potter, potterc@hotmail.com.  If you are interested in attending the ceremony and/or participating as part of the delegation in a special role as “wish” speaker, light bearer, and others, the deadline to contact Chris Potter is 29 Oct.

For the nearest Peacelight delivery to your location, Google your host nation Scouting organization website for information on the Peacelight delivery timetables throughout the European continent.

Unit Peacelight Coordinator

Each unit that participates in the TAC Peacelight initiative should appoint a Peacelight coordinator.

The unit Peacelight coordinator is responsible for the following:

1) Unit Registration – Fill out the attached registration form (see below) and send it to Jeff Arter.

2) Flame Pick-up – Once the International Committee sends you a timetable, inform participating units about nearest distribution point and give them the date and time of flame pick-up. Tell them to use a petroleum lamp or a closed lantern with a large candle inside to transport the flame.

3) Activity with host country Scout – At pick-up point have units organize an activity with the local host country Scouts such as a potluck lunch or dinner, a sing-along or a prayer service (see below).

4) Flame delivery – Have units deliver flame to their local American military units, schools, churches and other organizations with a suitable ceremony. Make an appointment with the base Commander to deliver the flame to him if possible.

5) American Consulate or Embassy – For units in cities where there is an American Consulate or Embassy or other American organizations, make an appointment to deliver the flame to the Consul General or Ambassador if possible.

6) Pictures and Report – Have your units submit a picture and a report about their Peacelight experience to post on the International page of the TAC website. Remember this activity is for all – packs, troops, crews and families.

7) Support from International Committee – An International Committee member can help you find host country Scout contacts. Important information and train timetables are posted on the TAC website. For further information on the TAC Peacelight initiative, please contact Jeff Arter at jeffarter@hotmail.com. Additional information on the Peacelight movement can be found on the Internet.

 TAC Scouts and Scouters – accept the challenge – get the flame and become bearers of the “light”.


December 15, 2018
14:00 - 16:00
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New Cathedral
Herrenstraße 26
Linz, 4020 Austria