Sign of peace

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  In regard to the ‘Sign of Peace’ I feel it sometimes provokes disruption when members of the congregation start walking around and offering ‘Peace’ to other worshipers near and far. How can one get the message across, diplomatically, that Sign of Peace should be shared only with those within arms-reach?

A:  It’s hard. People’s habits are hard to break. I model it by just sharing peace with a few. But I’ve promised myself not to create war during the sign of peace. So I don’t say too much about it.