Ideas and Inspirations for the International Day of Peace - Post 16

9 August 2018, 11:35 PM

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,

Sally


A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

For IDP, join a worldwide citizen movement to eliminate nuclear weapons. Engage your family, your Cooperation Circle, civic and/or faith community to focus attention on the need to create a world with no nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are not a past problem. They pose a very real and current threat to life and our planet—there are tangible steps we can take to eliminate them. Participate in a movement toward nuclear abolition. Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle provides excellent suggestions to engage a global effort to create a world free of nuclear weapons.

View the Video Below:

When a former Secretary of State, a former Secretary of Defense, several United States Ambassadors, a famous physicist, and a few friends pray each month for the elimination of nuclear weapons, it raises lots of questions. What do they know that everyone needs to know? Why are they praying? What is their prayer?  

In this video, you are invited to view the unfolding of this prayer and to meet these veterans of nuclear negotiations:

• The Honorable William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton
• The Honorable George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan
• Dr. Sidney Drell, Professor Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator 
• Ambassador James E. Goodby, former Strategic Nuclear Arms Negotiator with the U.S.S.R.
• Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr, former Senior U.S. Diplomat 
• Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute 
• Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative Representative to the United Nations 
• The Right Rev. William E. Swing, former Episcopal Bishop of California, and President and Founder of the United Religions Initiative 

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons is part of the United Religions Initiative; an international nonprofit that brings together people of all faiths and traditions to solve the problems facing our world as a whole.

Discussion:

After viewing the video, discuss:

  • What do they know that everyone needs to know?
  • Why are they praying?
  • What is their prayer?

Say the Prayer

Organize a group - family, Cooperation Circle members, faith community, etc. to say the prayer together.

Take a Video

Take a short video of your group saying the prayer, and send that video to voices@uri.org.

Translate and Share

Translate the prayer into your own language and share widely.

Share this link with friends and other networks: www.thenuclearprayer.org – also share via email, Facebook or Twitter (make sure to use the hashtag #NuclearPrayer).


Prayer to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

“The Beginning and the End are in your hands, O Creator of the Universe. And in our hands you have placed the fate of this planet. We, who are tested by having both creative and destructive power in our free will, turn to you in sober fear and in intoxicating hope. We ask for your guidance and to share in your imagination in our deliberations about the use of nuclear force. Help us to lift the fog of atomic darkness that hovers so pervasively over our Earth, Your Earth, so that soon all eyes may see life magnified by your pure light. Bless all of us who wait today for your Presence and who dedicate ourselves to achieve your intended peace and rightful equilibrium on Earth. In the Name of all that is holy and all that is hoped. Amen.”


See more posts in this series for more ideas about how to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

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