Each year, hundreds of URI Cooperation Circles participate in the International Day of Peace (IDP). As a global community, we put organized global spirit and energy into action! Here are some beloved ideas and inspirations for peacebuilding. You can expect two issues of this series each week until September 21. Hope you love them too and find them useful!
May Peace Prevail,
World Interfaith Peace Ceremony
The World Interfaith Peace Prayer Ceremony was created by Deborah Moldow for URI’s first Summit at Stanford. Please feel free to adapt this ceremony as part of an IDP gathering.
Assign a person to represent each of the faith traditions listed below. Each should have a sign naming their tradition or showing a religious symbol for their tradition. All persons with signs (or banners) might be positioned on a stage or might create a procession. Each person comes forward one at a time, inserts their tradition in the sentence below, and says the sentence aloud. The audience joins in, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Discussion of different religions and their symbols might follow.
The World Interfaith Peace Prayer Ceremony
Host: "May Peace Prevail on Earth. I pray for the happiness of the people of all the spiritual traditions of the world."
Each banner carrier: “May the ___________ people live in peace.”
Audience: “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”
The People of All Beliefs Yet to Come (symbol can be a simple circle)
Host: "May all the religions and spiritual traditions of the world live together in peace."
Audience: "May Peace Prevail on Earth!"
See more posts in this series for more ideas about how to celebrate the International Day of Peace.