Vital Elements Community Welfare Services celebrated International Day of Peace by coming together in community

Vital Elements Community Welfare Services in Toronto, Canada, celebrated International Day of Peace on Sept. 23.

Peace loving people must become agents of peace.

This was the focus of the celebration on International Day of Peace by Vital Elements Community Welfare Services in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 23.

The celebration started with releasing three “peace doves,” one by a child, one by a woman and the final by a man in representation of the three important links of a family.

President of “A Better Community For All Canada” Yuel Bhatti introduced the theme of the day “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all.” The theme for International Day of Peace is established by the United Nations every year.

“There is great need to spread the message of (United Religions Initiative) in multicultural regions of Canada to create more peace and harmony,” Bhatti said. He thanked the participants of Canadian, Indian and Pakistani cultures who were there to participate in International Day of Peace.

Together, attendees sang songs of peace, worshiped and lit a peace candle.

“Peace can be found within and without: within ourselves, within our neighborhoods and communities, but most importantly, without discrimination, hate and disrespect,” said Sylvia Ghori, CEO of Vital Elements Community Welfare Services.

President of Vital Elements Jasper Ghori said during his speech that for peace to really happen, people need to seek the “source of peace,” rather than looking to into the source of a conflict.

Tony Zekveld of Hope Centre in Toronto said that sustainable peace will come when we accept “the Kingship of our Creator God.”

Other speakers included Nadia Atif, women Coordinator of “A Better Community For All Canada,” who recited poetry and Jay Banerjei.

Interfaith peace service held in Nashville

In Nashville, on September 18, the URI Nashville Cooperation Circle (URI NCC) held an interfaith service to commemorate United Nation’s International Day of Peace.

“It is with great joy that I recall the beauty of citywide interfaith peace service followed by a reception.  The service and reception were committed to building bridges between peoples and transforming hate into hope and love  with prayers for peace by URI NCC members from eight world religions and spiritual paths.” Joyce Wilding, Founder URI NCC.

Congresswoman shares International Day of Peace message

In honor of International Day of Peace, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard  sent to following letter to be read during the International Day of Peace Celebration hosted by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, a Cooperation Circle member of the United Religions Initiative.

We can all share the goal of worldwide peace

Mahalo nui loa to the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, and the many volunteers and community members who have helped to make today’s International Day of Peace Celebration here on the Garden Isle a reality.

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Peace Pole erected in Charlotte, commemorating International Day of Peace

The Charlotte Red Bench Garden Cooperation Circle, a member of the United Religions Initiative commemorated the International Day of Peace with the erection of a Peace Pole on September 21.

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, located at 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, hosted the event in September 21, 2017 at 11:00 am in partnership with Charlotte Red Bench Garden,  Central Piedmont Community College, Refugee Support Services, Charlotte Community Kitchen, Catholic Charities, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, and Cross Cultural Counseling; the residents of St. Andrews Homes and the Merry Oaks Community.

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Sun Devils Are Better Together to Celebrate International Day of Peace

Tempe, Arizona – Sun Devils Are Better Together (SunDABT), a member of the United Religions Initiative global interfaith network, will celebrate the 38th anniversary of the International Day of Peace with a general meeting focusing on storytelling around heritage, migration and the unknown over a cup of coffee and tea. The meeting will take place on September 18 at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.  The International Day of Peace, observed annually on Sept. 21, was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence for commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.

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Preparing for International Day of Peace 2017!

International Day of Peace is just around the corner! 

Every year on September 21st, people around the world celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (IDP), a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Activities and events range from events planned just for the occasion to recognitions of the day being added to existing activities. In previous years, celebrations have ranged from peace walks to concerts, and include art showcases, community outreach, and peace education programs.

Will your Cooperation Circle/Affiliate join the millions of people around the world celebrating this day?

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Bringing Recognition of International Day of Peace to Your Local Community

Nashville Cooperation Circle holds a community service where nine people from different religious traditions discuss peace.

Around the world, a minute of silence will fall at 12 p.m. in each time zone on Sept. 21, as people gather together for meditation and prayer for global peace.

International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution that devoted a day to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” United Religions Initiative (URI) has been a partner of International Day of Peace since it was established in 2000. The minute of silence in recognition of this day begins on Sept. 21, when the Secretary General rings the Peace Bell at the UN Headquarters.

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URI member visits the UN to share International Day of Peace fundraising project

 

URI member Rik Yeames visited the United Nations earlier this month to share about a fundraising opportunity for the International Day of Peace and attend the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.

Yeames, is a member of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, one of URI’s newest Cooperation Circles and the first in New Hampshire. Yeames met with URI’s representative to the United Nations, Monica Willard, to talk about “A Piece of Pizza for Peace” an International Day of Peace fundraising project. International Day of Peace is marked by hundreds of thousands of people every year on September 21.

Rik Yeams at a United Nations commemoration for the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.

Rick came to UN on Friday April 7 to share his International Day of Peace Project, Piece of Pizza for Peace.  He attended the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, a beautiful ceremony that remembered the 800,000 killed in 100 days in the genocide against the Tutsi.  After the program he met Mr. Dieng and Amb. Nga.  We also got to shake hands with the Secretary-General and VP of General Assembly. 

His project invites local pizza restaurants to use the International Day of Peace to stand for peace by contributing a percentage of their profits for that day to peace organizations.  He wants to have three International Day of Peace organizations for people to choose from.  Last year his shop sent $1,500 to Peace One Day.  He wants to get hundreds of pizza shops around the world to participate.  I think he is really dedicated to making this a most successful project for IDP and for URI!

The 2017 theme of the International Day of Peace  is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” If you are looking for ideas for how to commemorate the day check out the Program Bank to see what others have done in previous years. You can also learn more about how to use the day to raise fund for peace through A Piece of Pizza for Peace here

 

Cooperation Circles Celebrate International Day of Peace

 

URI North America Cooperation Circles and Affiliates are ready to celebrate International Day of Peace (IDP) 2016! The theme for IDP this year is “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Building Blocks for Peace.” Our network is building off of these blocks for peace by creating moments of #TangibleHope that strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among their diverse communities.

Click through this slideshow to see what they’re up to! You can also check out the URI North America IDP Program Bank to find inspiration for IDP celebrations in your community for years to come. If you have an event to report, click HERE to submit it and qualify for a trip to the United Nations for World Interfaith Harmony Week!

 
 

You can also check out events happening all around the world, hosted by URI CCs and others, on this map produced by URI Cooperation Circle UNIFY.