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International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is a call for global ceasefire; a chance for all regions and nations to lay down weapons for a day.  A chance to consider a world with limited violence, deep respect for individuals and communities, and reverence for ecological gifts.

A call for global ceasefire is a multi faceted approach to peace building.  That single day can offer safe travel for individuals and families living in war zones.  Barriers to adequate access to medicine and food can be eased on a day of intentional peace.  Peace engages out deepest callings for justice.  Contemplating peace can heighten our awareness and relational dynamics.  Being peace asks the very highest of our potential.

The reports offered at http://economicsandpeace.org/reports/ via the Institute for Economics and Peace offer practical analysis and advice for peace building.

Explore these ideas and more with the Mountain Peacemakers as we plan events for the 2016 September 21st International Day of Peace.


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International Day of Peace 2015

The International Day of Peace is a call for global ceasefire; a chance for all regions and nations to lay down weapons for a day.  A chance to consider a world with limited violence, deep respect for individuals and communities, and reverence for ecological gifts.

Partnerships for Peace -Dignity for All is the theme for the 2015 International Day of Peace.  This topic engages us to consider how we can collaborate with individuals, institutions, and nations to fully realize the goals of peace and justice.  Dignity reminds us that our situations are diverse but our humanity is central.

Visions of Peace Art Show at Jones House has become a wonderful reflection of our communities interpretation of peace.  The show opened Friday September 4th, 2015 and will available for viewing all of September.

 

For more information about how peace is measured globally check the following website:

http://economicsandpeace.org/

Their goal is accurate metrics that quantify the relationship between social, economic, and political decisions and PEACE.

 

 


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The International Day of Peace: Celebrated Globally on September 21st

The International Day of Peace is a call for global ceasefire; a chance for all regions and nations to lay down weapons for a day.  A chance to consider a world with limited violence, deep respect for individuals and communities, and reverence for ecological gifts.

The Peoples Right to Peace is the focus of this years International Day of Peace.  Conversations range from border disputes, to issues of natural resource sovereignty, to religious freedom, to climate justice, and certainly, political conflicts tied to economic and social unrest.  The issue of our inherent right to peace is as critical as our right to water, to food, to freedom from violence.  A right to peace is effectively a statement on the undesirable state that conflict presents to the average citizen, soldier, or witness.

Past focii include: education for sustainability, violence in the home or workplace, and direct questions like ‘who will you make peace with.’  The day is a chance to be intentional in our vision of a decent world, a vision of abundance.

There is a new report by ‘Vision of Humanity’ entitled Peace and Religion, 5 Key Questions Answered.
The key findings are as follows:

  • Corruption, economic inequality and political instability have a greater impact on countries’ likelihood of conflict than religious differences.
  • The proportion of atheists in a country does not impact levels of peace.
  • Many Muslim-majority countries with Sunni and Shia demographic mixes are relatively peaceful.
  • Only 14% of conflicts in 2013 were motivated by religion alone, however religion was one of multiple causes in 60% of conflicts.
  • Two thirds of the conflicts had as their main cause opposition to a particular government or opposition to the economic, ideological, political or social system of a state.
  • More peaceful countries tend to have fewer restrictions on religious behaviour and less hostility towards religion.

It is our hope that conversation and meditation continue to engage us in the broader issues of peace in the globe, and the individual responses in our everyday lives.

More information is available at www.peaceoneday.org and www.internationaldayofpeace.org


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International Day of Peace

September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  This years theme is THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO PEACE.

To the Mountain Peacemakers the International Day of Peace is a stepping stone to invite peaceful dialog and solutions into our everyday experience.

The Mountain Peacemakers are a collective of  Watauga, Ashe, and Avery county citizens, working to build a network of action toward the goals of the United Nations sanctioned, globally celebrated occasion, The International Day of Peace.

The goal, defined by the United Nations, is “a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.”  Of course, there is more to it than this.  Peace requires multilateral commitments from all levels of society from the interpersonal to national agendas.  Opportunities are endless; it is truly up to us as global citizens.

Please join us in this year’s International Day of Peace celebration, Sunday September 21st, 2014.  A full list of events is available on the IDP 2014 tab.

MORE AT http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

 

 

The Global Peace Index:   the latest info available at http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#/page/indexes/global-peace-index 

 

“WHO WILL YOU MAKE PEACE WITH?”

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