The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
Unfortuantely, with the trip to the States, we weren't as prepared for this as I would have hoped for. However, we are commemorating it as a family.
"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."
If it's not too late, here are some ideas:
- Meditate to find that peace within
- Tell stories of the great Peace-makers
- Listen to your "enemies", or those struggling with 'war', international or internal
- Reconcile with family, friends, colleagues neighbours. (At the very least, recognise The 24-Hour Global Ceasefire!)
- Educate yourselves and others regarding some of the areas of major conflict throughout the world
- Follow this up with prayer, meditation, song-writing, lighting candles...
- Doante to the Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Break bread, with meaning, i.e. ditch the crumbs and shot glasses!
- Check out these - and these - Peace Day events
- Offer to mediate, unintrusively, to those you think you might be able to help - and who might appreciate it
- Send a Text, to be passed on to world leaders when they meet at the annual opening of the General Assembly on 23 September 2008.
What others ideas have you had?
What will you be doing?