Solstice Peace Project

To celebrate peace on the Dec. 22, the Winter Solstice, the day that heralds the return of the light in the Northern Hemisphere. The project would use the solstice  to prompt linked actions worldwide that encourage peace.

There is a heaviness touching the hearts of people worldwide.  It not just the wars in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It’s because we are connected on so many different levels and feel each other’s distress deeply. This is why we can lighten the world’s burden by praying for peace and performing actions – both symbolic and substantial in their hopefulness – to promote peace. We can emphasize the power of peace by focusing on peace and amplifying its impact by coming together to call for peace. 

The Roots

The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is traditionally a time for welcoming back the light. Winter Solstice: honoring the Return of Light.  

It is also a time of specific observances in various religious traditions, including Hannukah (Dec. 7-15 2023), Christmas (Dec. 25, 2023), Bodhi Day (Dec. 8, 2023) and Yalda Night (Dec. 20-21) in Iran and other parts of Central Asia. 

Action Needed

These actions would focus only on peace, eschewing politics and the taking of sides. 

1

To reach out to religious community leaders to ask for their support. To request religious leaders to encourage their congregations to hold services for peace on Dec. 22, 2023.  As it is a Friday, mosques and synagogues will be holding services anyway.  We would encourage the addition of a special Friday service for Christians and the holding of special services in Hindu and Buddhist temples and Sikh gurdwaras.

2

To invite communities worldwide to hold an event promoting peace on Dec. 22, the day that heralds the return of the light in the Northern Hemisphere. The event could take be in any form –  a religious service, a concert, a reading, a moment of communal silence,

3

To encourage people to place a candle in their window to promote peace on the night of Dec. 21-21 as a symbol of the presence of peace and to encourage the promotion of peace.

The Goal

To ignite the light of peace in the hearts of participants and to encourage the spread of peace at a time of increasing conflict and violence.

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