Please put the local celebration of the 2018 United Nations International Day of Peace on your and your organization’s calendars. We will be holding it on the Boston Common (near the Park Street MBTA station) on Sunday 23rd September from 2 – 4 pm.
The celebration (our ninth annual) will be focused on the United Nations’ theme for this year – “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Similar to the 2013 World Council of Churches General Assembly in Busan, we expect to have program elements featuring Human Rights for the Earth, its peoples, the marketplace, and the community.
The program will include brief presentations by peacemakers about their work, performances of music, dance, song, and poetry, and activities for children. It will conclude with the reading of a list of recent local victims of violence. We will then walk to the nearby Garden of Peace to pray for peace among stones engraved with the names of local victims of violence.
Please help us celebrate peacemaking and nonviolence at the local UN International Day of Peace gathering. We are hoping you and members of your organization will attend this program. As a member of the planning committee, you could shape the program of this year’s celebration. Our program would benefit from a presentation or performance by you. As a sponsor, we would provide a table and space at the event for your display in return for your help in publicizing the event and any contribution you could make.
It is time to end the cycle of violence we have experienced for far too long. We call on all to put down weapons, open up our hearts, loosen our tight fists, and start to build a united community based on peace with justice for all.
We see the celebration of the UN International Day of Peace as an excellent opportunity to take a step along this path. We will be contacting you soon to see how we can include you in this year’s event.
For more information, please visit www.idpboston.org or contact us at InternationalDayofPeaceBoston@gmail.com.
Rev. Rodney E Dailey
St. Paul AME Church
Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quakers)
co-chairs of the Planning Committee