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It’s time for a ceasefire.
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.
What would it be like to declare a ceasefire this September 21?
Posts tagged 2012 Stories
Peace Day 2012 Report- DR CONGO - Shalom Ministry for Reconciliation and Development (SHAMIREDE), Peace Agency of the Church of the Brethren in Congo
Gathering of Prayer for Peace Report
The International Day of Peace has passed last week, but we want to continue to encourage that every day of our lives to come to pray for a day where peace. This campaign was been Organized by Shalom Ministry for Reconciliation and Development (SHAMIREDE) in short an agency of peace build of the Church of the brethren in DRCongo in collaboration with other Christian local peace organizations of this area held on 21stSeptember 2012. We have pray for peace in the world and the Eastern provinces of our country whom lack peace since 1996 to now.
We have started the event of prayer at the morning into the worship house of the Church of the Brethren. The leaders from others Christian congregation as Methodist, Friends, Mennonite, Anglican and Orthodox. One hundred and five Christian have attend this event whom 80 women and 25 man. At this occasion we have trained the youth on healing the wounds of ethnic conflict.
The group of women from the different Christian congregation, have attend the event of International Day of peace, each of them have bring the food for the participants. We have start the event at 7h30 Am with the worship song of one hour after this step we continue a small workshop on healing the wounds of ethnic conflict four hours, Ministries service, prayers and song. We have closing our campaign with sharing meals together at 18h00 pm.
In the next year we plan organize it for one week of training for peace, prayers and singing the song together.
Lubungo A. Ron
Peace Day 2012 - Manistee Peace Group (Michigan, USA) -
The venue was Church of the Brethren Nigeria, Utako, Abuja, Nigeria.
Dr. Mrs. Esther Ahudiyu T. Mangzha
Peace Day 2012 Report - United Methodist Church of Merced, California, USA - We held a peace vigil beginning at 12:00 Noon on the 21st. The church bells rang out at noon so the neighborhood could here. A small group of nine pray-ers met in the sanctuary, 5 Methodists and 2 Christian Church members. A single candle was lit. We began with the Prayer of St. Francis. Prayers for our inner peace, for the peace community, for peace in our nation, and in the world were lifted up with silent prayer time in between each. A prayer litany was led by Pastor Jay Pierce. The half-hour service was ended with singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and with the Passing of the Peace of Christ. It was a simple, but very moving, time of prayer.
- Connie Jones
Peace Day 2012 Report from Dominican Sisters of Peace - Great Bend Motherhouse, Great Bend, Kansas, USA
Prayer Service at Great Bend Motherhouse - Dominican Sisters of Peace — for International Day of Prayer for Peace
The Dominican Sisters of Peace at the Motherhouse in Great Bend celebrated the International Day of Prayer for Peace at Evening Prayer, September 21, with the service prepared for the Congregation by Connie Burkholder, Liturgist for the Motherhouse. The prayer incorporated the familiar “Preach peace. Build peace. Be peace.” Sister Jolene Geier (Great Bend) led the service, Soon-To-Be-Candidate Anne Knight (Great Bend) read the selections from the prophets Isaiah and Micah. Connie Burkholder inspired those present with her powerful preaching.
Peace Day 2012 Report - Lititz Church of the Brethren, Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA.
A meaningful prayer service was held around the Peace Pole last evening (9/23). The resources provided by On Earth Peace were very helpful and appreciated. We closed with a time of reflection as each person lit a candle and shared their prayer for peace. The service closed with the singing of the hymn, “Let There be Peace on Earth”.
- Jim Gibbel
Peace Day 2012 Report from Miami First Church of the Brethren - Miami, Florida, USA.
Top Photo: “Here is the special altar we set up with weapons lying in the shadow of the cross.”
2nd Photo: “The worship team leading - Damian Izquierdo and Michael Camps on percussion and Matthew Harden on Piano. Not seen is Wayne Sutton on guitar.”
3rd Photo: “Rolando Soler have us good insights into the law. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state and has worked with other cases involving “Stand Your Ground.” He shared one particular case study, which began four years ago and is still in process.”
4th Photo: “The church stands to sing.”
5th Photo: “Following the service, a time of fellowship. Here Maggie Izquierdo talks to Gretchen Knaus (seated) and Corazon Ballantine.”
On Peace Day itself, Friday evening, we sponsored a community forum at our meeting place. Sadly, the community did not turn out as we had hoped, but the church members who came were enlightened on details of the “Stand Your Ground” law here in Florida, in the news now because of the Trayvon Martin case. We had a former Assistant Attorney General for Florida come and share information, using a case study of a similar incident he has been involved in prosecuting since 2008.
Then on Sunday morning, we held a special worship service. We had hoped to have this outdoors at a nearby park, but heavy rains all weekend caused us to move it into our building. Kayla Alphonse, Jessica Cadette, and Amy Forde planned the service, which featured Scripture, stories of peacemaking around the world, interspersed with candelighting and songs, while peacemaking photos and images were on our screen. I concluded with a message called “God’s Answer to Violence.”
A full photo album of the weekend is on our church’s Facebook page.
~ Pastor Ray Hileman
Peace Day 2012 Report - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. Pinwheels for Peace—Youth, adults and friends of the church created 250 colorful pinwheels for peace. Each pinwheel contained the participant’s ideas for what makes a more peaceful world. On Saturday, September 22, participants gathered at the church to place the pinwheels on the hillside of the church. Many people stopped to wave in support. -Jennifer Foust
Peace Day 2012 Report from Penn State University - University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. Sacred kirtan artist Jai-Jagdeesh, world-renowned sitarist Leonardo Har Prakash, and percussion master Tripp Dudley performed live at Penn State University’s Pasquerilla Spiritual Center during International Peace Week. The trio offered yoga and meditation with live music as well as a live performance. - Beth Bradley