Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peace convocation to inspire prayer for 21 September

World Council of Churches - News

PEACE CONVOCATION TO INSPIRE PRAYER FOR 21 SEPTEMBER

For immediate release: 11 August 2011

Each year on 21 September the World Council of Churches calls churches
and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. This
year the WCC is asking the 1,000 people who attended the International
Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston in May 2011 to offer a prayer for
peace as a follow-up to that important event.

Each of the 1,000 participants, as well as all those who have followed the
events in Jamaica from afar, are being invited to compose a prayer. They
are invited to share it with members and leaders of their church, with
people they met at IEPC and within their networks. The WCC will post all
prayers received on Facebook (Link:
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=cc53e4ba96d621b45339 ).

21 September is also the UN-sponsored International Day of Peace.
Observances of the WCC prayer day began as part of the ecumenical Decade
to Overcome Violence (2001-2010).

More information on the International Day of Prayer for Peace:
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=9ff4a701336975994d10 (Link:
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=01a0c5397da54248fdbf )

More on the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation:
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=68975a1d6f4c91b5e639 (Link:
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=e14ce8c1b1ce4e9a11ee )


The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness
and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of
churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant,
Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million
Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman
Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit,
from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

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