August 24, 2014
The United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2014 is The Right of Peoples to Peace.
Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:
Promote the Peacemaking Offering
Organize to address racism
Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone
Ring your church bells
A prayer for the International Day of Peace
Prayers from the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
Prayers from the World Council of Churches
Jesus, joy, oh our heart's comfort - a hymn prayer
Create a peace prayer wall
Hold a prayer vigil - join with people around the world in a vigil
Sponsor a concert or community event
Recognize the educators in your community
Invite children, youth and young adults (and older adults!) to share their ideas for how peace can be pursued in writing, drawing, speaking, film or whatever media is appropriate
Invite teachers and students and others involved in education to to reflect on their experiences and share their stories
Make origami cranes and display them
Dedicate (or rededicate) a peace pole
Clean up a portion of God's creation
Tell the world that children are children, not soldiers
Address gun violence in your community
Find additional ideas on Twitter at the hashtag #PeaceDay
Use your imagination!
Share the ways you celebrate the International Day of Peace in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
- Posted at 11:53 a.m.
August 22, 2014
View the live Web cast of this service.
With news of more violence flaring up in Gaza and Israel after a set of ceasefires, lasting more than nine days, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness calls upon Presbyterians to mourn for those who have died in Israel-Palestine and pray for a lasting and durable peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. If you are in the Washington D.C. area please plan on participating in a service of mourning for all those who have died in Israel-Palestine as a result of the most recent violence. The service ...
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August 13, 2014
In conjunction with Orange Days to end violence against women and girls, CongoSwim brings together Presbyterians and people of good will to witness and raise funds to
In solidarity with the Walk for Congo in Oakland, CA, I will walk 5k (a little over 3 miles) with family members in Cleveland Heights August 23rd. If you are in town and would like to walk with us, let me know. In support of my participation, please consider the below ways to support groups working for lasting peace and an end to violence against women and children in the Democratic Republic of ...
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- Posted at 12:11 p.m.
August 12, 2014
By Max Hill
Today is International Youth Day 2014. The purpose this day is to raise awareness for youth living with mental health issues. The United Nations says the reason for this being the focus of this International Youth Day this year is, “Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labeled’.”
I see this issue as one that hits close to home for me. Growing up I had (and still have) many friends that live with mental ...
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- Posted at 4:15 p.m.
August 11, 2014
From the World Council of Churches on Iraq:
Prayers and solidarity for the churches in Northern Iraq
WCC calls for urgent action in Iraq
Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Iraq
Learn about Presbyterians at work with our sisters and brothers in Iraq
An open letter (from Lebanon) to Ban Ki-moon on behalf of Mosul's Christians
From the World Communion of Reformed Churches on Iraq:
For our brothers and sisters in Iraq
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- Posted at 10:00 a.m.