Lift Every Voice in Watertown

Officer Harold "Tony" Physic, Watertown Police Dept.

This was the real deal: an MLK Day breakfast where people really meant it. Thanks to everyone who helped organize Watertown’s MLK Day Unity breakfast; from the potato pancakes to the musical tributes, it was a fortifying gathering.

And I learned about Officer Physic. Tony Physic has been on the beat in East Watertown for many years, and was honored for the great work he does pro-actively engaging all manner of people in all manner of distress. In accepting his award, he used a phrase I’d never heard, and it stuck with me. He said his goal is to “spread the peace, as well as keep the peace.”

Maybe that’s a common phrase in law enforcement. Or maybe he made it up. I don’t know. It strikes me as something we all should be about. It’s pretty easy to simply keep the peace. Spreading the peace takes some effort, some thought, and sometimes, some guts. But spreading the peace makes all the difference.

I wonder what or whom “spreading the peace” brings to mind for you? What does it look like when a church spreads the peace? Or a business? Or a neighbor?


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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One Response to Lift Every Voice in Watertown

  1. Terri says:

    spread the peace and keep the peace is a great phrase….perhaps a sermon in it!

    Also, a formal launching of the WordsMatter Expansive Language Project in the Episcopal Church will happen on or around Feb 4 – with a professionally designed and Episcopal “branded” conversation guide, webpage on the Church Center’s website and links to the blog, facebook page, and a downloadable PDF. I’ll keep you posted as the date becomes finalized….

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