The World Council of Churches calls on international churches to pray for peace on September 21 each year. The Day of Prayer for Peace was initiated in 2004 as part of the WCC's Decade to Overcome Violence, which culminated in 2011 with the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, held in Kingston, Jamaica.
Choose September 21, or a Sunday close to it, as an opportunity to focus in prayer, study and actions, ways to build peace in your community and around the world.
International Day of Prayer for Peace
The World Council of Churches calls on churches around the world to pray for peace on September 21 each year.
Resources for the International Day of Prayer for Peace
Other Worship Resources on Peace
“The Sword of Peace,” Sermon by Rev. Dr. Janet Parker
“Their Plowshares are Beat Into Swords,” by Prof. Walter Brueggemann
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International Day of Peace
The United Nations recognizes September 21 as the International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for the 2013 UN International Day of Peace is “Education for Peace.”
The theme for the 2012 UN International Day of Peace was “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future,” and invited communities to imagine a vision for creating “The World We Want.”
Resources for the International Day of Peace
- From War to Peace: Iraq and the Churches' Voice: Advocacy and Public Policy
- Before and After the Reunion: Pastoral Care in a Time of War
- The War and Pastoral Care of Soldiers, Military Families, and Chaplains
- Some recommendations on what the UCC and Disciples can do to address the situation of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced
- Christians in Iraq since the American Invasion in 2003
- One Iraqi Family's Journey
- A Story from Damascus of an Iraqi Family
- An Assessment of the Iraqi Refugee Situation in Syria
- The Middle East Council of Churches and its programs serving Iraqi Refugees in Jordan
- A Call for Peace, Reconciliation, and Action: Reflections from Egypt