Peace Day Ideas
Public prayer or celebration. Organize an event including prayer, cultural sharing, music, and art, to interrupt violence in your community, and to get your community talking together and praying for peace, on or near September 21. Plan a public event with people of your own faith tradition, or with people from various backgrounds. Share your concerns together about violence in your community and our world. Share each of your tradition’s teachings about peace. Seeks God’s power together to address the challenges you face. Check out On Earth Peace’s “Tips for Planning a Prayer Vigil,” or “Vigil or Event Planning Process,” below.
Childrens’ Mural Project. Use On Earth Peace’s Kids as Peacemakers kit (to work with children in your community in the weeks before September 21 to create mural about peace and peacemaking. Display them on September 21 at a public event where you invite the kids with their families to share their visions. Order kit here.
Listening Initiative. The Anabaptist Network in South Africa used resources from On Earth Peace as a basis to knock on doors in Pietermaritzburg, asking people about their concerns and hopes for the neighborhood. Use a one-day or multiple day-effort to build relationship and collect stories about your neighbor experiences. Afterward, invite them to join in a public peace event. Review our Listening Initiative resources below.
Liturgical Resources - Provided for you to use or adapt as you prepare your event!
Examples from Previous Peace Days
Call to Worship and Prayer for IDPP 2011 (Jerry Crouse)
IDPP 2011 - Prayers for the Peace of the City(Audrey DeCoursey)
“Shalom” - Sample IDPP Service and Bulletin (Chris Riley)
Dominican Sisters of Peace Prayer Service for IDPP 2011 (Connie Burkholder)