The World Council of Churches calls on churches and congregations around the world to observe an International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September. The day coincides with the International Day of Peace initiated by the United Nations. Participants are especially invited to pray and act together for a just peace in communities, nations and the world.
Prayers from different parts of the world will be shared through online media, including Facebook and Twitter. People who are not active on these social media platforms may share their prayers by email.
Praying for Ceasefire is the theme adopted this year by On Earth Peace, a United States-based agency rooted in the Church of the Brethren. “For some people, praying for ceasefire will mean praying for a break in armed conflict. For others, a ceasefire will mean ending conflict in their community, workplace, church or family,” said Matt Guynn of On Earth Peace. To commemorate the day, On Earth Peace also invites diverse congregations and groups to plan events including prayers, cultural sharing, music and the arts, to challenge violence in communities and to encourage action for peace.
More information at: www.overcomingviolence.org/IDPP
Peace prayer wall on Facebook
On Twitter, the campaign uses the hashtag #peaceday