Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Call to prayer and solidarity

(From MaryKnoll Office)  Here are some ideas of things you can do individually or as a small group on International Day of Peace.

  • Observe a minute of silence at Noon wherever you are.
  • Share this prayer "A call to prayer and solidarity" from the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference.
  • Add your name as a supporter of the "Appeal to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence" from the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference.
  • Hold a prayer vigil for disarmament and light a candle with some friends or neighbors.
  • Organize a prayer service with the theme "Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace."
  • Imagine something you could do to help make for a more peaceful world… and then do it.
  • Learn or retell the story of Sadako Sasaki and her One Thousand Paper Cranes and fold a paper crane in her memory.
  • Construct a Peace Pole. A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” usually in a different language on each side.
  • Share a version of the “Golden Rule in a faith tradition other than your own.
  • Learn about Maryknoll Sisters Giang Nguyen, Sia Temu and Teresa Hougnon and their "peace building team" in Kenya.
  • Display a peace flag or poster that helps you imagine a community and world at peace.
  • Learn to say and write the word for “peace” in another language.
  • Play a cooperative game with children at Little Friends for Peace.
  • Play a game at
  • Since this day is also a “day of ceasefire”, try making peace with someone you have a conflict.
  • Go to Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action to find an event happening in your area on September 21-25, 2016.

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