How to Celebrate International Day of Peace All Month Long
"Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us,
and the world will live as one"
~ John Lennon
September 21st is The United Nations' International Day of Peace, my favorite day of the year! I am moved to tears every year as I watch so many people all across our one small planet take action towards making a more beautiful world for all beings.
I'm honored and delighted to be a co-founder of BeThePeace (now in our 7th year!) and to be hosting The BeThePeace Challenge again this year. It is such a joy to get to collaborate and co-create global events with so many amazing organizations, groups, and people.
If you've been struggling with a sense of hopelessness about the current state of the world, you're not the only one. One of the best ways to deal with a sense of hopelessness is to help someone else! And there sure are so many ways to get involved this month! Here are over twenty ways you can get involved this month and transform your feelings of despair and hopelessness into action, engagement, hopefulness, and connection with a global community of like-minded humans that are also working towards a similar vision of a peaceful world that works for all. (Scroll down to see the most recent events and please add yours to the global map).
One of the best ways to get out of a sense of hopelessness is to help someone else!
Events Calendar for Peace Month 2018
All of September Leading up to Peace Day
The Summer of Peace is offering a free weekly Summer of Peace Letter featuring inspiring leaders in the fields of spirituality, neuroscience, peacebuilding, compassion and peace education. The letter will provide insights and skills to help you find common ground even in challenging situations – in your family, friendships, business partnerships and polarized social issues (in some cases, better understanding the obstacles to common ground). More Info.
The UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace: Held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY (and also live-streamed), key UN and civil society leaders discuss strategies for resolving and preventing conflicts and implementing the UN Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace. 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Rigoberta Menchu Tum will be the keynote speaker. President of the General Assembly and UN Secretary-General will also speak. The theme of the Forum is "The Culture of Peace: A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace". More Info.
The Peoples Climate Movement will bring tens of thousands of people across the United States into the streets, town halls, and community forums. Joined by partners around the world, we will demand bold action on climate, jobs, and justice which will determine the future of our movement - and our world - for years to come. More Info.
September 8 - 23
The Global Unity Games - The 2018 September Compassion Games is a 16-day challenge to unify communities around the world in an expression of globally synchronized intentions with locally organized compassionate action. Starting on September 8, 2018 and culminating on World Peace Weekend (September 22-23), players and teams will challenge and inspire each other to organize actions that build bridges between peace, prosperity, and the planet. More Info
Secret Agents of Compassion - As part of the Compassion Games, you can also join as a Secret Agent of Compassion that receives daily missions...should you choose to accept them!
September 11 - 21
11 Days of Global Unity (September 11-21) From empowering students and teachers in Zambia to interfaith dialogues in San Francisco, thousands of organizations around the world and millions of people have taken part in the annual 11 Days of Global Unity: 11 Ways to Transform Your World culminating on September 21st, the U.N. International Day of Peace. Launched by We, The World and global partners in 2004,11 Days has become a worldwide platform for changemakers that links local awareness and action campaigns into an inspiring international movement with as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries annually worldwide. More Info: WE.net 11DaysOfGlobalUnity.org and GlobalUnityCalendar.org
Climate Conversations TeleSummit during the 11 Days of Global Unity:
Florida Earth Charter Initiative, in collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University, presents dialogues on each of the 11 Themes for Change.
September 12th at 6:30PM in New York City and Webcast Worldwide. Featuring dynamic recording artists Al Smith, Kristin Hoffman, Heidi Little, the PURE Dancers, inspiring speakers including Deborah Moldow, Monica Willard, Kathryn Davis, Mitchell Rabin, and a special Video Message from Deepak Chopra. Tribute to Carole Hart with An Urgent Message From Your Children. Musical Tribute to Aretha Franklin. Plus the World Premiere Live Performance of the song "We, The World." Event Webcast and tickets available here.
The BeThePeace Challenge will release a guided meditation and workbook helping people clarify their visions for the peace they wish to see in the world and to practice embodying that now. The Challenge will run the three days of World Peace Weekend.
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