For over 30 years, a child from Austria has traveled to Bethlehem to the grotto where Jesus was born. Using a miner’s lamp, they retrieve the eternal flame that burns in the grotto. That live flame is then flown back to Austria and distributed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States by Scouting and Guide organizations to pass on the Light of Peace.
The Peace Light first came to New York in 2001 by Canadian Scouts who brought it to Ground Zero. For the 15th year, Austrian Airlines will bring the Peace Light to JFK in New York on Friday, December 6, 2019. Scouts will then distribute the Light throughout the United States and Canada. BSA Troop 446 from Saline Michigan will bring the light to the Saline and Ann Arbor area. 

Sean Egmon first heard of this a couple years ago as he works for an Austrian company and it piqued his interest. In collaboration with Boy Scout Troop 446, they are offering to bring it in residence to St. Luke-Ann Arbor for this Christmas season. 

(For a more robust description of the Peace Light, click here for the full press release.) 


You are invited to bring an enclosed candle or oil lamp to St. Luke Lutheran Church at 4205 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 at one of the following times to obtain the Peace Light for your home, friends, or places of work. (Candles will not be available at St Luke.) 

Wednesday, December 11 after 7 p.m. Advent services 

Wednesday, December 18 after 7 p.m. Advent services 

Sunday, December 15 after the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. services 

Sunday, December 22 after the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. services