As is our tradition, we celebrated The International Day of Peace on Friday, September 20, 2019 with special prayer services throughout the day outside as well as by participating in Pinwheels for Peace.
We are grateful that Jessica Lorden, Executive Director of Congregation Kol Ami (Westchester, NY) and Sr. Pat Russel and Sr. Brenda Buckley, members of the Ursuline Sisters of the Eastern Province, USA Provincial Council, joined us.
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, established by the United Nations General Assembly.
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
Sustainable Development Goal 13 "Climate Action" is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change. Affordable, scalable solutions such as renewable energy, clean technologies are available to enable countries to leapfrog to greener, more resilient economies.
The 2019 Theme: Climate Action for Peace draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
The Ursuline School prayed that efforts around the world will help us all to remember the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
The prayer service embraced the international spirit of the day by including prayers for peace from the Hindu, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, and Jewish traditions in addition to the words of Saint Oscar Romero and Saint Angela Merici.
We extended the spirit of peace activities for several more days with Pinwheels for Peace. This was the 14th year that our students created the pinwheels in art classes and then planted the pinwheels on our campus. This art installation project was started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives.