DETROIT - Wednesday, September 13th 2006 - PRESS RELEASE
International Day of Peace Vigil, September 21, 2006
On September 21, 2006 the International Day of Peace (IDP) Vigil will be observed by thousands of religious and spiritual communities in churches, temples, mosques, public parks and private homes around the globe in support of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace and global ceasefire.
In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace (IDP.) It was in 2001 that the GA modified the resolution and fixed September 21st as the annual date of the IDP. The intention of the new resolution is to have the entire world observe a full day of "global ceasefire and nonviolence.” The potential impact is enormous as individuals, communities and countries in conflict lay down their arms and share a full day of peace. This is the vision behind the United Nations’ resolution for an International Day of Peace. Building peace one day at a time.
In support of the IDP, many religious, spiritual, interfaith and peace-based leaders, organizations and individuals representing a wide variety of traditions are advocating an "International Day of Peace Vigil" with the following objective:
"To encourage worldwide, 24-hour spiritual observations for peace,
non-violence and global ceasefire on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."
Last year, the IDP Vigil website alone listed over 350 community spiritual observations in over 60 countries. One mass meditation in Sri Lanka involved over 300,000 people including the Prime minister and opposition leaders. The goal for this year is to have all 192 Nation States participating in the IDP with an emphasis on countries experiencing violent conflict.
By committing to conduct a spiritual observation and by promulgating the Vigil idea among groups in our communities and across the globe, we can all personally support this worldwide vision. Visit the IDP Vigil website to see the exciting effects of their efforts over the past three years at: www.idpvigil.com and join the growing list of committed vigil observers for September 21, 2006. Building peace one person at a time, one day at a time.
Melissa Privett - Pathworks Center for Life
Pathworks Center for Life
Oakland County, MI 48237