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International Day of Peace Celebrated in Every Country

an article by David Adams

This year, for the first time it seems, the International Day of Peace, September 21, was celebrated in every country on the planet. Partly it is due to better organizing, but perhaps it also represents an increased global demand for peace.

Although it is too early to have all the returns, plans were made in every country according to the British website www.peaceoneday.org/page/unite. It is very impressive to see their web page with every country of the world listed and a link to something planned in that country.

In smaller countries there was often only a single event, but in large countries, there are many events listed such as about 300 in the United States.

As pointed out on another website, www.internationaldayofpeace.org, this means that the global movement for a culture of peace is alive and well. This website lists many ways that the day is being celebrated, including, for example, by official proclamations by mayors and governors. The site carries copies of the 2006 proclamations by the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as by mayors of many cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Eugene, and St. Paul.

Too bad the commercial media has not yet caught on. Maybe next year we can call it to their attention.

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Participants in the International Day of Prayer for Peace have received the following letter from the World Council of Churches:

The International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP) 2007 was a special day around the world. On the 21 alone, people from about 50 countries visited our web page to find information and probably prayers. You have contributed to this day by observing it in your community and we want to thank you for your efforts and commitment. Thank you to all of you who have gone through the trouble of letting us know what you and your church or community is doing! This is greatly appreciated and will encourage others next year.

There is evidence that an increasing number of people, communities, churches and networks around the world are observing the International Day of Peace (UN) and the International Day of Prayer for Peace (WCC) http://overcomingviolence.org/about-d....e.html As the people who believe that peace is possible get together and pray, as they work for peace and justice, the momentum grows so that leaders and political powers begin to pay attention. Always remember that it was the perseverance of people, not least in churches, who brought apartheid to end and the Berlin wall to tumble.

A sign, discovered last week by the Living Letters team to the US reads: When the people lead the leaders will follow. This is what the International Day of Peace is about. A growing number of people, increasing the momentum for more peace and less violence. Your prayers are a powerful testimony and they strengthen the work you and other do in peacemaking. . ...more.


This report was posted on September 26, 2006.

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