International Observance: Reach Out On Day Of Peace

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: Do your part to promote peace today, as many peacemakers around the world promote the 28th annual International Day of Peace. As technology continues to bring the world together, today’s peace efforts, too, will be broadcast live via Internet streams and YouTube videos. (Access broadcasts here.) Organizers anticipate that the streaming will bring ideas and inspiration for peacebuilding to people around the globe.

The United Nations designated Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace, uging individuals, organizations and entire countries to “create practical acts of peace on a shared date.” That includes a call by the UN and other supporters for a global cease fire on this special day. That may sound like a naive idea, but a violence-free day might be a startling relief, organizers hope, and lead to more violence-free days. You’ve got to admit: It’s a noble idea! (Wikipedia has more.)

To describe this practical approach, organizers use the term “Peacebuilding”—something that they hope will involve all people, everywhere. Peacebuilding involves the building of acceptance and understanding between individuals, resulting in the creation of a long-term culture of peace instead of short-lived solutions. (Check out a listing of peace events, listed by country, here.) So whether you choose to light a candle, organize an event or pray, any peacebuilding effort is encouraged.

As the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters, many places of worship will be holding a 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence. (Learn more at the official site.) The World Council of Churches has agreed to promote a prayer initiative today, as it encourages members to recognize Sept. 21 as the WCC International Day of Prayer for Peace.

Email us at [email protected] if you’re observing this day! We’d like to hear what you’re doing—and why you’re moved to participate.

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