Friday, June 03, 2011

For the Peace of the City, International Day of Prayerfor Peace 2011


(June 3, 2011) New Windsor, Maryland -- On Earth Peace is kicking off its
fifth annual campaign organizing community groups and church congregations
to participate in the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP),
September 21. The scripture theme for the 2011 campaign is "Seek the peace
of the city--for in its peace, you will find peace" (Jeremiah 29).

In 2011, On Earth Peace is seeking 200 faith and community groups around the
world to plan public events on or near September 21. While anyone is invited
to sign up, On Earth Peace is especially seeking youth and young adults to
organize gatherings, events, services, or vigils as part of IDPP.

Registration means committing to organize a public prayer event focused on
violence, during the week of September 21, 2011. An introductory video,
organizing resources, and online registration for the International Day of
Prayer for Peace are available online at

"While nations around the world stagger under economic devastation, endless
war, and corrupt politics, and while rural and urban communities alike fail
to thrive, the International Day of Prayer for Peace can be a doorway into
eliminating violence and bringing reconciliation in your community and our
world," said On Earth Peace Program Director Matt Guynn.

"On Earth Peace partner groups from previous IDPP events have gone on to
develop community leadership initiatives around issues of race, poverty,
militarism, corruption, and religious violence. September 21 is only one
day, but as you bring together new partners and community groups to pray, it
can awaken imagination and open a gateway to God's vision of abundant life,
revived hope, and deep peace."

An initiative of the World Council of Churches, the International Day of
Prayer for Peace is connected with the United Nations' International Day of
Peace, a time when the guns, armies and militias are called to go silent and
24-hour ceasefires are encouraged around the world. It is an opportunity for
people and grassroots groups to join in celebration, prayer, and sharing
together about their hopes for a more peaceful world.

Committed to stopping violence and building reconciliation, On Earth Peace
is an agency rooted in the Church of the Brethren. On Earth Peace extends
this 300-year faith legacy by equipping new generations of Christian
peacemakers and partnering with grassroots groups to build peace with

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination committed to
continuing the work of Jesus peacefully and simply, and to living out its
faith in community. The denomination is based in the Anabaptist and Pietist
faith traditions and is one of the three Historic Peace Churches. It
celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2008. It counts some 123,000 members
across the United States and Puerto Rico, and has missions and sister
churches in Nigeria, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and India.


For more information contact:

Samuel Sarpiya
On Earth Peace


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