“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Matthew 5:9
International Day of Peace
September 21, 2018
Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
2017 marked the 37th Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Observed each year on September 21st, the International Day of Peace is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations, and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away. —Robert Fulghum
Prayers for the UN Day of Peace
- UN Day of Peace Prayer 2017-English
- UN Day of Peace Prayer 2017-Spanish
- UN Day of Peace Prayer 2016-English
- UN Day of Peace Prayer 2016-Spanish
Resources Produced by IPJC
- A Matter of Spirit: Reconciliation Fall 2011
- A Matter of Spirit: Peacemaking & Nonviolence Fall 2009
- Israel and Palestine: History, Politics, and the Pursuit of Peace
- Catholic Social Teaching on Peacemaking
- Continuum of Action on Death Penalty
- Continuum of Action on Nuclear Disarmament
Peacemaking Resource Library
Organizations | Books | DVDs | Toolkits
Catholic Peacebuilding Network Network of theologians and peace practitioners. Downloadable resources and articles.
Campaign Nonviolence An organization working for justice and peace by working with individual people and groups.
Fellowship of Reconciliation Founded in 1915, FOR is the oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States.
Global Days of Listening Join the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers on their monthly global days of listening. The listening days are held via conference call, video feed and Skype on the 21st of each month. Anyone can sign up to listen in or talk with the young people.
Kids for Peace More than 50 chapters around the globe foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on art, service and environmental projects.
Nonviolent Peaceforce An unarmed, professional civilian peacekeeping force that is invited to work in conflict zones worldwide.
Pax Christi USA Pax Christi USA commits itself to peace education and, with the help of its bishop members, promotes the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States. Through the efforts of all its members and in cooperation with other groups, Pax Christi USA works toward a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Resources for prayer, reflection and action to grow in nonviolence.
US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice & Peace The committee advises the bishops on international public policy issues, especially integral human development, human rights, religious freedom and peace.
United States Institute of Peace An independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Free online course in interfaith conflict resolution.
Voices Education Project Films, curricula, and information for teachers that will help young people understand the roots of conflict and help rebuild healthy human communities.
Women, War & Peace Resources from UN Women regarding the role of women in peacebuilding.
All books available for loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
Allman, Mark J. & Tobias L. Wright. After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition & Post War Justice. Orbis Book, 2010.
Crosby, Michael. The Paradox of Power: From Control to Compassion. Crossroad Publishing, 2008.
McGinnis, James. Praying for Peace Around the Globe. Liguori Publications, 2009.
Rosenberg, Marshall. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Puddledancer Press, 2003.
Wink, Walker, ed. Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Orbis Books, 2000.
All DVDs available for loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
Another Side of Peace. 60 minutes. Introduces Roni Hirshenzon, a 60 year old Israeli man who co-founded the Parents Circle, a support group for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost children in the conflict. 2007.
The Camden 28. 83 minute documentary. The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, NJ draft board office by “Catholic Left” activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today. 2007
Hiroshima No Pika. 25 minute film based on an award winning children’s book that tells the story of a young girl and her family who survive the Hiroshima bombing. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell. 72 minutes. Chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. 2008.
Soldiers of Conscience. 86 minutes. Made with cooperation from the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film profiles eight American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors; and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. 2008.
Voices in Wartime. 57 minute documentary. Poets around the world, from the United States and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul. 2005.
Gun Violence Prevention Tool Kit A toolkit for Congregations from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
Nonviolence Tool Kit From the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
Reflective Peace Building A planning, monitoring, and learning toolkit developed by the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services.