Just Peace Sunday is this coming!

Dear Congregation,

Just Peace Sunday is this coming Sunday, September 17th . It is

celebrated in the United Church of Christ on the Sunday closest to The

International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) which is observed around the

world each year on September 21st. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

I think we’d all agree that peace is desperately needed in our world

on every level as we look at the ongoing war in Ukraine and at all levels of violence. There is domestic violence and gun violence that has increased so dramatically. Practically every day on the local Miami news channels there are stories of shootings, and lives lost to violence. On the United Nations International Day of Peace website is the 2023 Global Peace Day Theme: Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. Here is the list. Many of these are very do-able, things we can do as a church and/or as individuals. I would like to hear which of these resonate with you. Let’s pick at least one as a congregation and follow though. I’ll be glad to hear from you in-person, by phone, by text, or email.

Here are some activities you can consider and help raise awareness

about peace and global goals.

  1. Organize a peace walk/run
  2. Create a peace mural
  3. Host a peace-themed film night
  4. Interfaith dialogue
  5. Inter-generational dialogue
  6. Concert for peace
  7. Poetry slam for peace
  8. Community garden for peace
  9. Digital awareness campaign for peace
  10. Letters for peace
  11. Yoga and meditation sessions for peace
  12. Eco-friendly clean-up for peace
  13. Collaborative art project for peace
  14. Acts of kindness for peace
  15. Peace-themed book club
  16. volunteer for peace organizations
  17. Peace-themed photo contest
  18. Host a peace-themed art exhibition
  19. Sports day for peace
  20. Social inclusion in sports for peace
  21. Sports demonstrations for peace
  22. Relay for peace
  23. Intercultural sports exchange for peace

I hope you’ll be present in worship on Sunday, either physically in the

Sanctuary or on Facebook, as we focus on Peace, believing that Peace Is

Possible! Let us all work to create Peace Day every day!

Peace and all good.

In Christ’s love.

Pastor Candy