Churches across Britain and Ireland are preparing to mark Peacemaking Sunday on 18 September 2011, with special services and study materials.
The Sunday, which is designated an International Day of Prayer for Peace by the World Council of Churches and other Christian bodies, is linked to the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September 2011.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church have produced material for a service, including hymns, prayers, reflections and a powerful visual meditation based on a piece of work from the Methodist Art Collection.
This year the WCC is also asking the 1,000 people who attended the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston in May 2011 to offer a prayer for peace as a follow-up to that important event.
Each of the 1,000 participants, as well as all those who have followed the events in Jamaica from afar, are being invited to compose a prayer. They are invited to share it with members and leaders of their church, with people they met at IEPC and within their networks.
Thousands of peace activists of all faiths and none have this past week been protesting against a major international arms fair in London, DSEi, which has been backed by the British Government and has hosted representatives of repressive regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere.
The Roman Catholic Church holds a Peace Sunday in March each year.
* Peacemaking Sunday, 18 September 2011: links to resources - http://www.methodist.org.uk/static/jpit/peacemakingsunday/
* Free churches focus on peacemaking - http://www.methodist.org.uk/static/jpit/jpitpeacemaking.htm
* Prayer Booklets: 'Peace in your pocket' - https://secure2.cyberware.co.uk/%7Ecb537/acatalog/In_Your_Pocket.html
UN International day of Peace - http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/
WCC International day of prayer for peace - http://www.overcomingviolence.org/en/decade-to-overcome-violence/about-d...