Take Part in International Day for Peace

International Day of Peace is celebrated each year on Sept. 21 and is sponsored by the United Nations. Faith communities across the globe have also adopted this day as International Day of Prayer for Peace. “The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples,” states the United Nations.

The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality invites the Pacific community to mark this day by taking part in activities that promote peace.

Media Fast

The United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) is encouraging people across the United States to participate in a “media fast” this week.

Participants

  • Pledge to avoid all violent television programs, movies, and video games Sept. 15-21, 2014
  • Pledge to dedicate themselves to peace during this time
  • Pledge to share their fast with family and friends and encourage them to participate also

The mission of OC, Inc. "is to create just and equitable media structures that give meaningful voice to diverse peoples, cultures and ideas."

To participate, sign up here.

"Compassion, Genocide and the Other"

On Sunday, Sept. 21, we encourage all who are able to attend "Compassion, Genocide and the Other," a presentation on the Holocaust. The event will occur at Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $20 for others.

Professor Mike Steele and artist D.K. Lubarsky will discuss Lubarsky’s artwork inspired by the tragic events of the Holocaust, which will be on display in Pacific University’s Library in October.

Share Your Hopes And Prayers For Peace

Visit the Facebook page of the Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality and share your deepest prayers and hopes for peace in the world (use the hashtag #PeaceDay). You can also Tweet out your prayers and hopes using the same hashtag. 

Prayers from all faith traditions are welcome. Hopes for peace can be shared by anyone.

“There is too much violence is our world. Too much hate,” says Rev. Chuck Currie, director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain at Pacific University. “It is vital that we share our dreams for a better tomorrow and then work for that world. Peace is never easy but it is possible.” 

Sep. 14, 2014