Each year on Sept. 21 the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace.

This year the WCC is asking the 1,000 people who attended the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston in May 2011 to offer a prayer for peace as a follow-up to that important event.

Each of the 1,000 participants, as well as all those who have followed the events in Jamaica from afar, are being invited to compose a prayer. They are invited to share it with members and leaders of their church, with people they met at IEPC and within their networks. The WCC will post all prayers received on Facebook.

Sept. 21 is also the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace. Observances of the WCC prayer day began as part of the ecumenical Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010).