International Day of Peace - 21 September 2010The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on 21 September - is a time when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small.
The initiative was further developed by the World Council of Churches, inviting us all to pray for peace on 21 September, or the Sunday preceding it, as a response to the United Nations' encouragement for a "global 24-hour spiritual observation for peace", which "is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict".
Churches are encouraged to be aware of the day, of the WCC commitment to peace and to develop opportunities to assist members to participate in activities which contribute to Peace in all communities.
In particular, Churches are urged to include aspects of peace making eg through prayer, reflections, in their services on 19 & 26 September.
On or near the 21 September, Interchurch Councils and Churches in a local area could also arrange prayer vigils - a period of time when people from across denominations are brought together to reflect and pray for those things which make for peace.
International Day of Peace Resources - 2010
Act for Peace empowers war-torn communities to reduce poverty, protect refugees and prevent further conflict. www.actforpeace.org.au
International Day of Peace Resources - 2009