This day of advocacy and awareness-raising was September 21, 2016, the International Day of Peace. At the New York press conference on the day of action, 28 co-sponsoring organizations presented an interfaith “Call for an End to the War in Syria.” The call stated “It is long past time for war and violence to stop and to advance the hard work of finding a new way forward, toward a future where all Syrians can live together in peace and justice. We must use a just peace approach: scaling-up trauma healing, restorative justice, unarmed civilian protection, and transformative dialogue with all stakeholders involved in the conflict to build a sustainable just peace.” We hope you participated and will continue to remember the people of Syria, using the available resources to advocate for “the things that make for peace.”
Syria Update and Options for Just Peacemaking: A Follow-up Webinar to the Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria
You are invited to watch the recording of "Syria Update and options for Just Peacemaking: A Follow-up Webinar to the Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria," which was held October 25, 2016. The webinar starts with an update on regional perspectives on events in Syria and current international responses to the conflict, presented by Peter Makari, PhD, Executive for the Middle East and Europe Office of Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Following the update is a panel of presentations on peacemaking alternatives by experts who contributed perspectives for GDAPS on the elements of a just peace approach to the conflict. The panel includes:
Eli S. McCarthy, PhD, Director of Justice and Peace for Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Ethan Vesely-Flad, Director of National Organizing, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Mel Duncan, Founding Director and Director of Advocacy & Outreach for Nonviolent Peaceforce
Susan Smith, Community Liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship and Community of Living Traditions
Study resources exploring the peacemaking alternatives highlighted by the panelists can be reviewed below. We hope the webinar encourages you continue to advocate for the people of Syria and to shift the global approach to ending the Syrian conflict from arming combatants to providing strategic support for peaceful interventions.
How Can You Continue to advance the Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria?
- Watch the GDAPS Webinar , held on October 25, 2016
- Take Action! Send a Letter to Congress calling for an end to the war in Syria!
- Use the Toolkit of resources below to plan a prayer service or other activity in your community.
- Study the resource Holy Discontentment: Advocacy and Action for Syria
- Get your congregation, organization or community to endorse the interfaith Call for an End to the War in Syria, which was issued at a press conference on September 21, 2016.
- Like and follow GDAPS us on social media at Facebook.com/GlobalDayForSyria or using #GlobalDayForSyria, #pray4syria, and #peace4syria.
Watch the Videos of the National Interfaith Prayer Service, held September 21, 2016 at Community Church of New York
About the Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria
Five plus years of war has taken a heavy toll on our Syrian brothers and sisters. It is time for the violence and war to stop and to begin the hard work of moving forward, toward a future where all Syrians can live together in peace and security.
Together we must speak out and call for an immediate cessation of all bombing campaigns and military actions that perpetuate this terrible war. As a global community, we must respond with compassion and immediacy to the pressing needs of millions of refugees and internally displaced people. And, we must stand in solidarity with our Muslim and Arab neighbors who are being targeted in hateful ways. Together we have issued A Call for an End to the War in Syria.
Association of Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld | Buddhist Council of New York | Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz | The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice | Colomban Center for Advocacy and Outreach | Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center | Conference of Major Superiors of Men | Disciples Peace Fellowship | Fellowship of Reconciliation | Franciscan Action Network | Franciscan Peace Center | Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ | Interfaith Center of New York | JPIC Committee, Passionists of North America | Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives | Leadership Conference of Women Religious | Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns | Mennonite Central Committee U.S. | Muslim Peace Fellowship | Pax Christi International | Pax Christi USA | Pax Christi Long Island | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship | Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) | Syria Lebanon Partnership Network | United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries | United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria TOOLKIT
Send a Letter on September 21: Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria
*New* Advocacy Resource Holy Discontentment: Advocacy and Action for Syria
Endorse and promote A Call for an End to the War in Syria
Tips for How to Do Advocacy
GDAPS Study No. 1:
Shifting to a Just Peace Approach By Eli S. McCarthy PhD, Director of Justice and Peace for Conference of Major Superiors of Men
GDAPS Study No. 2:
Nonviolent Resistance in Syria By Ethan Vesely-Flad, Director of National Organizing, Fellowship of Reconciliation
GDAPS Study No. 3:
Unarmed Civilian Protection in Syria By Eli S. McCarthy PhD, Director of Justice and Peace for Conference of Major Superiors of Men
GDAPS Study No. 4:
Syria’s Acute and Intergenerational Trauma By Susan Smith, Community Liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship and Community of Living Traditions
GDAPS Study No. 5:
Islamophobia, the United States, and Refugees By Susan Smith, Community Liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship and Community of Living Traditions
Interfaith Prayer Resources
A Compilation of Resources for Prayer on Peace & Syria
A Prayer for the People of Syria, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Lord is my light: A prayer service for Syria, Mennonite Central Committee
Other Worship Resources from Mennonite Central Committee