Peace – a state of tranquility/ freedom from war.


September 21st is the International Day of Peace. On this day, the
United Nations encourages all people to cease from violence for a 24-hour
period.


Yes, it’s just one day – a small step. But this commemoration gives us
big hopes. If the whole world could be peaceful for one day, then perhaps
we can extend that to another day and then another. As the Chinese
proverb goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


This year’s theme for the Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.”
Here are a few words about this year’s International Day of Peace from the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres : “Each year, on
21 September, the United Nations calls on everyone, everywhere, to
observe 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. Today … it is essential to
remember that our common enemy is a virus that causes widespread
suffering and risks reversing decades of human progress…Our global
ceasefire appeal is resonating in many places and with many different
groups. While distrust can make implementation difficult, I have been
heartened by the strong support the appeal has received from civil society,
which can influence and mobilize people at the grassroots…”


2020 is a special year — it marks the 75th anniversary of the creation
of the United Nations. To celebrate this achievement, the UN asks us to
take a survey about the pressing issues of peace and justice in our time.

Please take this survey at: https://un75.online/


The Institute of Global Education collaborates with the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters to hold an Interfaith Peace Service in the Chapel at Marywood to celebrate Peace Day each year. But this year, 2020, we will be gathering online, collaborating with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute which is housed at GVSU. We ask you to join our zoom as we shape our vision of peace cooperatively. We will be posting information about our shared celebration of Peace Day as it becomes available.


Here is a poem about peace:

go slow.
let go.
seem lazy.
take it easy
& war will cease.
increase
respect
expect
difference
life is not a race.
proceed at your own pace.
police your space.
release fear and anger with grace.
embrace peace.
not scary.
very necessary
take it easy
& war will cease.