Peace Day 2013

International Day of Prayer for Peace

Participate in Peace Day 2013. Organize an event with prayer, sharing, music, and art, to get your community praying and acting for peace together on September 21, 2013. Open your church doors for prayer, or simply include special prayers for peace in church services on September 22!




Peace Day Stories From Around the World

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Peace Day 2013 prayers by the Shalom Ministry in Reconciliation and Development(SHAMIREDE), Church of the Brethren in the Democratic Republic of Congo (South Kivu state). Photo credit: Ron Lubungo Abeleci.

Peace Day 2013 prayers by the Shalom Ministry in Reconciliation and Development(SHAMIREDE), Church of the Brethren in the Democratic Republic of Congo (South Kivu state). Photo credit: Ron Lubungo Abeleci.

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Peace Day 2013 at Monroeville Church of the Brethren, Monroeville, PA, USA

Peace Day 2013 report form Monroeville Church of the Brethren, East of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Monroeville is a small congregation of about 20 regularly attending members.  Christ and his pacifism are a foundation to our beliefs.  We got on board with the Pinwheels for Peace!  The congregation was invited to come to church early and decorate the pinwheels.  We then assembled them and used them to line the sidewalks.  Everyone appreciated the way we expressed peace; as our pastor, Tim Schultz, said, “You need to be aggressive with your peace.”  During the worship service, we sang hymns of peace, Pastor Tim preached on peace, and the children read a story by Karen Katz entitled Can You Say Peace? which taught the children and the entire congregation at least one new way to say peace (ie. paz).  Everyone enjoyed Peace Day, and the message of peace spread from our congregation to the people we met!

Thank you for listening to our story of Peace Day!
God bless,
Andrea Weir
Church Clerk

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North Liberty Church of the Brethren, Indiana, USA

At the North Liberty Church of the Brethren in North Liberty, Indiana, our worship service on September 22 was built around the theme of peace.  Included was a time of sharing about our hopes and dreams for peace within our families, congregation, community, nation and world which preceded a time of directed prayer for peace.  In the afternoon, we conducted a run/walk/bike event for the 3000 Miles for Peace.  33 participants logged a total of 143 miles and $1000 was sent to On Earth Peace from our Ministry Fund.  We even had some children from the neighborhood join in with us as they observed what we were doing!

Church website here

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Sisters of St Francis, Clinton, Iowa, USA- Report from Center for Active Nonviolence & Peacemaking

The Sisters of St. Francis’ Center for Active Nonviolence & Peacemaking celebrated the International Day of Peace on Friday, Sept. 20th with a day-long vigil in their Canticle Chapel in Clinton, Iowa.  People of various faiths and backgrounds shared their concept of Peace through story, music, discussion, meditation and prayer.  Those attending were asked to write on paper “Who I will make peace with…” and post their papers on a board or put in a basket.  At the end of the day, those papers were burned in a ceremony, sending those wishes out into the ether.  Prior to that day, the Sisters purchased copies of Todd Parr’s The Peace Book and distributed them to the area preschools, kindergartens, the children’s museum and public libraries.  The Sisters were invited to several of these places to read the book to students.  It was a great way to introduce young children to the concept of peace. 

Many more pictures from their events in this Facebook album - click here.

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Living Streams of Peace, online!

Living Stream Church of the Brethren, an online worship community, shared a worship service focused on prayer for peace. We celebrated stories of peacemaking through things as simple as a peace-messaged bumper sticker, with a video of Linda K WIlliams interviewing a Univ. of LaVerne student about what peace means to her faith.  We also shared Linda’s music set to Peace Day Pray pictures of folks praying for peace around the world.  Then our message focused on witnessing for peace against military drones: we lifted up the recent Church of the Brethren resolution against drone warfare, and looked at how an online church might bring a message of peace by witnessing to healing ways of using technology. 

"…there is nothing stopping us from being like a nonviolent sort of David facing the seeming Goliath of militarism in the world: we can be smart and use our technology to gain the advantage, and move for peace, justice, and sharing G-d’s Kin-dom worldwide.” - Pastor Audrey deCoursey, Living Stream CoB, September 22, 2013

The whole service is online here, in two videos for Sept. 22.

Contact information for Living Stream CoB is available at our website: www.livingstreamcob.org

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Annville Church of the Brethren Peace Day 2013

The Annville Church of the Brethren Service Ministries Team sponsored a community Peace Day vigil which was held at sunset on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  The vigil was originally planned to take place in the Church’s newly founded “Giving Garden”, however, because of plentiful rains, we moved into the glass enclosed lobby of the church.  It was interesting how the 15 people in attendance organized themselves into a circle in the dark lobby without any prompting.  We lit candles while individuals offered prayers, statements and poems of peace.  After a moment of silence and reflection, the vigil ended and the group enjoyed refreshments and good conversation.  It was a harmonious and tranquil event which hopefully will give us inspiration to find ways of making peace within our own lives.

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Orando por la Paz en El Salvador y en el Mundo. 23.09.13, Colegio Bautista Emanuel, San Salvador, El Salvador.

Praying for Peace in El Salvador and the World - Colegio Bautista Emanuel, San Salvador, El Salvador, prayers for Peace Day 2013. 9/23/2013

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Photo credit Ray Hileman - Peace Day 2013 in Miami, Florida, as members of Miami First Church of the Brethren and Miami Haitian Church of the Brethren walk for peace together.

Photo credit Ray Hileman - Peace Day 2013 in Miami, Florida, as members of Miami First Church of the Brethren and Miami Haitian Church of the Brethren walk for peace together.