Wisconsin church holds Star Wars-themed service for message of hope, peace

Faith-based organizations all over the country are responding to the terrorist attacks in Paris with messages of hope, peace and prayer.

Saturday, a local church had an unlikely venue for this message, at a Star Wars conference they’d planned months in advance.

First United Presbyterian Church drew in 150 people by using Star Wars to show the relationship between the Christian story and the Jedi story.

“The idea that we want to go to the light. That there is always hope in adversity. That we can overcome anything at all that comes our way, using God or using the force,” said Dawn Picard.

The message of peace and hope strongly resonated with people looking for answers following Friday’s terrorist attacks.

“I think it lends itself obviously to addressing some aspect of what we saw yesterday and the horrors that we all experience in terms of watching it on television and watching events unfold,” said Luke Farwell.

Organizers say workshops, trivia and other Star Wars-themed activities that had been planned long ago centered around the concept of overcoming fear in uncertain times, a concept easily translated from the fatalities and terrorism that can be hard to explain to young children.

“This is a very timely thing. We always deal in contemporary issues and it just is a good balance for that awful evil that is in the world,” said Picard.

Pastor Luke said “The force be with you, always,” emphasizing the importance of staying vigilant, even in the midst of great tragedy.

“We need to celebrate what’s good and innate in all of us and that is the force that resides in all of us,” said Farwell.

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