Mennonite World Conference releases resources for Peace Sunday 2012
GRANTHAM, Pa. (july 23, 2012)—Mennonite World Conference, a global communion of Anabaptist-related churches of which the BIC Church U.S. is a part, has issued the following invitation:
Mennonite World Conference invites congregations in the global Anabaptist communion to observe Peace Sunday on September 23, 2012—which is the Sunday nearest to the United Nations International Day of Peace.
Churches who already observe a different Sunday as Peace Sunday are encouraged to continue with their practice and are invited to include the global church concerns in their prayers on September 23, 2012, the global Peace Sunday.
Worship resources this year were prepared by Jenny Neme, a member of the MWC Peace Commission and of Iglesia Menonita de Colombia (Mennonite Church of Colombia). She is also director of Justapaz.
The worship resources include scripture reflections, the experience of Colombian Mennonites, a litany for peace and suggested actions. The resources are available in English, Spanish, and French on the MWC website.
Warren Hoffman, moderator of the BIC Church U.S., notes that taking part in Peace Sunday is "a truly meaningful way for the Brethren in Christ community to live out our commitment to two of our Core Values: Pursuing Peace and Belonging to the Community of Faith."