United Nations International Day of Peace

Sunday, September 24, 2017

2-4 PM
Boston Common

near the Park Street MBTA Station

Music, Dance, Song, Poetry,
Artwork, & Peace Education

United Nations Theme for 2017 International Day of Peace: "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All"

International Day of Peace Boston

May 24, 2017

Dear Friends,


Please put the local celebration of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace on your organization’s calendar.  We will be holding it on the Boston Common (near the Park Street MBTA station) on Sunday 24th September from 2 – 4 pm.

The program will include brief presentations by peacemakers about their work and performances of music, dance, song, poetry, and stories.  It will conclude with the reading of a list of recent local victims of violence.  We will then walk to the nearby Garden of Peace to pray for peace among stones engraved with the names of local victims of violence.

We are hoping you and members of your organization will attend this program. We also are hoping you or someone in your organization might help improve the program by either sponsoring the event, offering to make a presentation about one of your organization’s projects, performing at the event, or joining the planning committee.

This year the celebration on the Boston Common will be coordinated with the Weekend of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace planned and organized by the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and Pathway to Redemption (see coopmet.org/values-over-violence).  We are also hoping to set up workshops about local peace-making programs to be held on Saturday 23rd September.  Please let us know if you or someone in your organization would be interested in being involved in that effort.

At this time we find ourselves struggling to meet greater challenges on more issues than we can ever remember.  We feel the International Day of Peace is the perfect time to gather to celebrate our joint efforts such as:

·       Working to reduce gun violence in the Boston area
·       Providing aid to those in financial need
·       Helping local immigrants to survive the new regulations and legislation
·       Campaigning to preserve health care access for all
·       Lobbying to dedicate more of the federal budget to addressing civilian needs
·       Urging all authorities to rely on diplomacy and mediation, not force, violence, and war
·       Saving our planet from environmental disaster

Please help us celebrate peacemaking and nonviolence at the local  UN International Day of Peace gathering.  As a member of the planning committee, you could shape the program of this year’s celebration.  Our program would benefit from a presentation, performance, or workshop by you.  As a sponsor, we would provide a table and space at the event for your display in return for your help in publicizing the event and any contribution you could make.

It is time to end the cycle of violence we have experienced for far too long.  We call on all to put down weapons, open up our hearts, loosen our tight fists, and start to build a united community based on peace with justice for all.  We see the celebration of the UN International Day of Peace as an excellent opportunity to take a step along this path.

We will be contacting you soon to see how we can include you in this year’s event.  For more information, please contact us at InternationalDayofPeaceBoston@gmail.com. 

Rev. Rodney E Dailey          

St Paul AME Church



Ian Harrington

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quakers)


co-chairs of the Planning Committee