Saturday 21 December 2013

Pax Dei—Living in Peace 6

International Day of Peace

Today is three months after International Dav of Peace (IDP, 21 September 2013). The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 September as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals and practice of peace, both within and between all nations/peoples. I attended a remarkable event at the United Nations in Geneva on the eve of IDP 2013, described below (Geneva Peace Talks: What Does Peace Mean to You?). And you can attend too, via the video broadcast online (see below). So take some time, relax, and watch. Perhaps with others. And reflect on this question too: “what does peace mean to me?!”(IDP website:
Click this link to watch the video of the Geneva Peace Talks: What Does Peace Mean to You? ( “Speakers [related] their own personal stories about practical involvement in peace building, dispute resolution, or violence reduction, emphasizing how their engagement shaped their own understanding of peace. It [highlighted]…how we need to draw on all disciplines to foster sustainable peace…The theme also [triggered] reflection among the audience about what peace means to them.” (from the website of the United Nations Office at Geneva)

I suggest starting at minute five in order to view the moving seven minute presentation by the first presenter, Fatuma Adan from Kenya. Other presenters discuss hostage negotiations, peace building/living during civil war (Lebanon and Liberia), neurobiological insights on conflict, mindsets that dehumanize people, etc.

Pax Dei
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9: 6-7

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