International Day of Peace Statement
Interfaith Atlanta–Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta [FAMA] recognizes and celebrates September 21st as International Day of Peace also known as World Peace Day. Since the United Nations first declared this day in 1981 with a global resolution, communities around the world have paused to breathe in hope and resolved to direct their actions toward global peace.
Let every individual in every community rededicate themselves to bring about the blessing of peace that is desperately needed in our world. Let us recognize the bridges being built by wise and thoughtful diplomacy, by civil conversations between those with diverse opinions, and by friendship with each other as we reach across political, religious, national, and cultural lines. Amongst and between human beings there should be no lines of division.
We are called to guard with vigor the humanity of every soul in every corner of the world, until one day all will experience the joys of freedom, safety, unity, and loyalty to others.
May the worthy aspirations of this Day of Peace motivate each of us to recommit and deepen our resolve to do the work that will one day bring a pervasive and lasting peace.
Interspiritual Contemplative Group – ON HOLD
Amerson House | 1790 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Every Second Sunday | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
On the property of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church*
Religious and spiritual teachings and wisdom have proven to us that contemplative practice can provide powerful pathways to awareness, compassion, love, and “oneness”. Centering prayer, meditation, mindfulness, and “Lectio Divina” are just a few of the contemplative practices embraced by today’s mainstream traditions. These, along with other practices, allow us to open our hearts to self and to each other.
Interspiritual Contemplative Group creates an environment where persons of various faiths (or none) can gather monthly for contemplative practice and community building. Our group is purposefully designed to focus on personal experience and inter-personal relationships rather than institutionalized theology and doctrine. We begin our gathering in contemplative practice with 20 minutes of silence. We then engage in discussion on the personal spirituality of our participants, or a topic that allows us to share experiences from each other’s faith.
Group facilitators gently guide discussions to ensure all voices are heard. The rich dialogue that ensues fosters interfaith/interspiritual friendship, understanding and growth. All this goodwill in 90 minutes! For more information, contact Steve Gold: firstname.lastname@example.org; 770-270-8290.
Additional Location Directions: *St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church is between N. Druid Hills Rd. and Briarcliff Rd. Turn into the main entrance off LaVista, drive past the main church building to the end of the parking lot and make a left. Amerson House is NOT the white building that you will first see in front of you. It is a grayish green building with red front double doors to the left of the white building.
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I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!