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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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August 6, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace LogoThe 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. During the recent Youth Making a Difference seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, young people identified a number of ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Here are some additional ideas:


Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon

Ring your church bells

Light candles


A prayer for the International Day of Peace

Prayers from the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Prayers from the World Council of Churches

Prayers from participants in the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation

Jesus, joy, oh our heart's comfort - a hymn prayer

Create a peace prayer wall

Hold a prayer vigil

Sponsor a concert or community event

Study nonviolence

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 peacemakers 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

Use your imagination!

Share the ways you celebrate the International Day of Peace in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Categories: Peace, Prayer, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Worship

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