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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
A Season of Peace is a four-week pilgrimage designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Through daily peace reflections, family activities, Bible studies, youth activities, an exciting intergenerational Peace Fair, and other online resources, you will be invited to enhance and expand your focus on your calling as a peacemaker. Expect encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education.
The themes for A Season of Peace are based on the Presbyterian resource The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking, a 365-day walk through the Bible focusing on peace and justice passages.
Path of Peace Daily Reflections
Each year The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites leaders from our partner churches around the world to come to the PC(USA) to share their experiences as peacemakers in their own lands. This year they will be here visiting the churches of our mid-councils between September 27-October 21.
There are still some peacemakers with available times on their itineraries. Please consider hosting a peacemaker in your presbytery or synod. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program covers the cost of all air travel. Often funds to host the peacemaker are available from the congregation’s or mid-council’s Peacemaking Offering funds.
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