ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?
For Progress and Obstacles, see international report by Pathways to Peace which makes an annual report of Peace Day activities, from which the following is taken:
Kapiti Interfaith Group coordinated an Interfaith Vigil for the United Nations Day of Peace at Kapiti Uniting Parish, on Tuesday Sept 21st (2004)
Intuition-In-Service, and the United Nations Days & Years Meditation Initiative, have coordinated, since 2002, an international Vigil of meditation and prayer for the 24 hours of September 21st from midnight to midnight GMT. Over 400 participants registered, many from Latin America, thanks to the wonderful work of Daniel Barrantes in Argentina and Maria Cristina Pereira do Amaral in Brazil, who translated the web pages into Spanish and Portuguese and circulated widely to email lists on the continent. The 24 hours are divided into 15-minute periods, and individuals or groups commit themselves (by registering on the website to spend specific 15-minute periods in prayer or meditation for world peace. Participants began precisely on the quarter hour by using the Great Invocation, or the world prayer 'May Peace Prevail on Earth', or an invocation or prayer of your choice oriented towards world peace. Then they linked in thought with the others who are linking at the same precise time and then with everyone in the world who is participating in the International Day of Peace Vigil. All were invited to reflect on the meaning of a Culture of Peace, visualise the lighted, loving energies that can create the mental and emotional understanding and atmosphere within which peace can flourish in ourselves, our communities, our nations, and our world, and use the Great Invocation, or the world prayer 'May Peace Prevail on Earth', or any invocation or prayer that is oriented towards world peace, precisely on the quarter hour. (2003-2004)
Nelson Peace Group invited the People of Nelson to the Church steps on Sept. 21 between 5 and 6 p.m. to acknowledge the United Nations International Day of Peace. Both individuals and groups were invited to share short songs, poems, prayers, and banners to wave, as part of the International Day of Peace Vigil. (2004)
Operation Peace Through Unity (OPTU) Their Peace Day activities in Wanganui included holding a Prayer Breakfast, inviting all community members of different ages, religion, faiths and cultures, in the "Quiet Room" at the Quakers, between 8-9 am, followed by breakfast. All of the UN member states were mentioned and people were encouraged to invoke, chant or pray in accordance with their own religion and in their own language. They also linked with groups and individuals throughout the world, and some afterwards held a moment of silence at the sculpture. (2004)
The Triangle Center offered a Peace Pole re-dedication ceremony and the blessing of a special plaque, featuring the Banner of Peace symbol and the Manifesto 2000 values statement. (2004)
Wellington World Service Meditation Group sponsored an Interfaith Vigil of meditation, prayers, chants and silence as a contribution to the United Nations International Day of Peace. Locals were invited to "Pop in during your lunch break, and contribute for a time to the peaceful radiations." The focus was held by a variety of groups and individuals representing Buddhist, Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths along with various spiritual traditions. There was no charge for the gathering, donations were welcomed, and refreshments were provided. (2004)