Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
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 2012 is Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.
Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 23 or at some other time:
Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone
Ring your church bells
Jesus, joy, oh our heart's comfort - a hymn prayer
Hold a prayer vigil - join with people around the world in a vigil
Sponsor a concert or community event
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
Learn more about sustainability from Presbyterian Mission Agency programs
Learn more about sustainability from UN-related sources
Invite peacemakers to reflect on their experiences and share their stories
Clean up a portion of God's creation
Participate in the PC(USA) Peace Discernment process
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.