March 31, 2017 in Bonn, Germany
URI took part in an Interreligious Peace Prayer in the crypt of the Cross-Church at Bonn. It was at the end of an exhibition called “Peace Goes Differently.” The exhibition showed how, in different places around the world, like India, Liberia, and South Africa, people have fought nonviolently for peace. They have ended conflicts by using words and by showing civil courage instead of by using weapons.
At the Peace Prayer, people of different faiths named places of conflict in the world, and explained why they chose this place. Then they spoke some words concerning peace, which came from their religion or their backgrounds.
In the third part, they named some virtues to grant peace in the world - like compassion, respect, love, trust, to see in the other your brother and sister, to give hospitality, and zu as for forgiveness.
At the end, the visitors to the ceremony were asked to light a candle and to have a silent prayer.
A harp-player framed the ceremony with beautiful music. It was a very touching atmosphere and we all hoped that our words and our actions will help healing.