Wednesday, August 15, 2007

International Day of Prayer for Peace -- Sept 21, 2007

Pray about violence, pray for peace

The International Day of Prayer for Peace takes place on September 21, 2007.  Will your raise up your concerns about violence by planning a prayer event for that day or that week?  The International Day of Prayer for Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches, scheduled to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
As of mid-August, 34 Church of the Brethren congregations have signed up, and 57 more are considering sponsoring events that week.  Participants include Church of the Brethren congregations in the U.S. including Puerto Rico.  We are also very excited to learn that our sisters and brothers in the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Ekklesiar Yan'uwa a Nigeria, are planning to participate! 
September 21 has been declared a day for peace by both the World Council of Churches and the United Nations.  Each year, more individuals, groups, churches and communities throughout the world are recognizing the significance of committing to One Day of Peace through prayer, meditation and other forms of spiritual observance. 
On Earth Peace and the Brethren Witness/Washington Office of the Church of the Brethren jointly call on all of our congregations to plan public prayer events on or near September 21. 
The International Day of Prayer for Peace can be a time to proactively reach out to brothers and sisters in your local community, a time for conversation and collaboration about how to reduce violence and build peace in your community.
We ask you to use this prayer event to lift up concerns about violence and to pray for alternative visions from God. It can be a time for God�s powerful presence to be sought, in order to find creative and spiritually centered paths ahead.
Will your congregation participate?
To get involved, contact Mimi Copp at 260-479-5087 or

For resources and a list of participating congregations, please visit


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