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As we kick off the season of peace, from 9/11 to Sept. 21st, let us prepare our hearts with these words from Father Tom Bonacci, Exec. Dir. of IPP and member of the ICCCC Governing Board.  

Shaping Peace Together:  The International Day of Peace
September 21, 2020

  You may have noticed the yearly calendar is frequently marked with “International Days” highlighting various topics of concern. The days are markers by which we remember our responsibility to live lives for the well-being and security of the entire family of humankind.
              August 21st is one month away from The International Day of Peace sponsored by the United Nations since 1981. Today we would like to call your attention to this important day and offer you some help in observing this day during this time of physical distancing.
              The International Day of Peace is very close to the mind, heart, and soul of The Interfaith Peace Project.   For us, there can be no World Peace without religious peace and cooperation. As all of us know, the influence and practice of religion can be a force for good or a cause for justifying our fears and cementing our prejudices. We, at The Interfaith Peace Project, believe the faith practices and convictions of every person can be a source of love, understanding, and compassion by which all of us have a chance to live in peace.
              Honest dialogue with others begins in the hearts and minds of each and every individual person. The International Day of Peace invites each and every person to practice peace in all the affairs of their lives. We seek to live the spirit of September 21st every day.
              As we prepare for the upcoming International Peace Day, we need to examine our beliefs, convictions, and faith practices making sure we are contributing to the well-being of all. Religion must never be used to foster hostile governments, demeaning policies, or social intolerance of anyone.
              The United Nations decided the theme for this year’s Peace observances will be “Sharing Peace Together.” To foster this powerful idea, The Interfaith Peace Project will offer eleven reflections on peace from the various faith perspectives beginning on September 11 and concluding on September 21. You will receive these reflections in your email. Please feel free to share these reflections with others. You are welcome to share with us your own reflections on peace for future publication on our website.
              Because of the pandemic, we cannot gather as we would like. However, we invite you to light candles, burn incense, pray, meditate, and read peace literature throughout the Day of Peace on September 21st. Make an effort to be peaceful in mind, heart, and soul as you go about the affairs of your day.
              While there will be study groups, observances, and various programs on the social network, the essence of the day is the practice of peace for twenty-four hours. This is based on the powerful idea that if we can be peaceful for one day, we can be peaceful one day at a time for the rest of our lives.
Peacefully,
Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. with the Board of Directors
The Interfaith Peace Project