September 21st is the International Day of Prayers for Peace, a day established by the World Council of Churches in 2004 to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Peace. Each year, millions of people around the world mark this day by dedicating a prayer for peace.
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This year’s theme “Who Will You Make Peace With?” calls us to consider the violence that pervades our families, communities, and world. Given the ongoing crisis, Syria remains front and center in our concerns for peace at this time.
Over the past few weeks UCC leaders and advocates have called on the Administration and Congress urging diplomatic and political solutions to this crisis, rather than a military one. Thanks to your efforts, over 3,000 letters were sent to decision makers!
Although we commend the Administration for its decision to move a diplomatic plan forward with Russia and the United Nations, we know that this effort will face opposition and challenges. Over the coming weeks your prayers and action will be needed to strengthen policymakers resolve to continue diplomatic and political efforts not only to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, but find ways to address the larger conflict that has resulted in over 100,000 dead and 7 million people displaced. The U.S. should explore all political and diplomatic avenues available to bring fighting parties toward a resolution and ensure true peace and security for the people of Syria.
Take time this week, and especially on 9/21 or in your Sunday service on 9/22, to lift up a prayer for peace in Syria and the people of Syria. Additionally, send a letter to the President and Secretary of State Kerry commending their support for a diplomatic path in Syria and calling on them to remain committed to finding political solutions that address the larger crisis and humanitarian concerns.