Sunday, September 07, 2008

International Day of World Peace

The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small.

Our friends at Pax Christi offer some tips:
* a special prayer for peace as part of your Sept 21st worship service

* a prayer service for peace at a special time/space in your community

* a “concert for peace” with community volunteer talent

* a banner and/or bulletin announcement on the International Day of Peace

* a “teach-in” on reconciliation and healing for your community

* a “poetry for peace” reading or contest

* ringing of church bells at 12 Noon, Sept 21 as a call to peace

* inviting the community to a moment of silence beginning at noon

More information is availabe on the UN website here.