2020 UN International Day of Peace

Monday, September 21,  2020, 4 pm to 5 pm
Virtual Observance

You can watch the celebration of 2020 UN International Day of Peace by clicking on this YouTube link. Thank you to all who joined us.

Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, World Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace and to build a Culture of Peace. The 2020 UN International Day of Peace theme is “Shaping Peace Together.

This is our third year celebrating World Peace Day in partnership with Eden Interfaith Council and Samuel Merritt University’s Ethnic Health Institute. There will be a sharing of messages/prayers, songs, and reflections on Shaping Peace in a rapidly changing world. Our interdependence and active cooperation is especially needed in these times to build a world of respect, justice, and safety for all peoples.

The Peace Day celebration is sponsored by the Regional Parks Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and East Bay Regional Park District.

» https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace
» https://internationaldayofpeace.org 
» https://nationaltoday.com/international-day-of-peace/
» International Day of Peace Event Flyer [PDF]

Our Community's Pledge for Peace

  • We pledge to build a just, loving, compassionate, and inclusive world that embraces diversity, including gender, race, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientation, age, religions, and political leanings.
  • We pledge to see and respect each other as brothers and sisters. We welcome and value diverse cultures, faith traditions, and perspectives.
  • We pledge to do more listening to better understand our children, colleagues, neighbors, and community members.
  • We pledge to reject violence including bullying and racism; and we stand in support of anyone or community being targeted.
  • We pledge to protect and heal our life-giving lands, forests, rivers, oceans, wildlife, and habitats.
  • We commit, every day, to do our best to be active peace builders in our schools, workplaces, communities, parks, cities, and our world. 

» https://youtu.be/KKqZgn8HKgk

UN International Day of Peace | Monday, September 21, 2020, 4pm to 5pm 
Time Item   Presenter
4:00 - 4:02  EBRPD introduces co-hosts: Samuel Merritt University Ethnic Health Institute and Eden Interfaith Council Mona Koh, Leslie Brown, Julie Greenfield  
4:03 - 4:05 Blowing of Shofar (ram's horn) to awaken and gather together communities to celebrate World Peace Day  Diana Zankowsky, David Schulberg 
4:05 - 4:11 Warm Welcome & Peace Message  • Dennis Waespi, EBRPD Board Member
• Jess Brown, Regional Parks Foundation Board President 
 4:11 - 4:15 Message/Prayer  Rev. Stevie Stennis, Chaplain SMU/ABSMC 
4:15 - 4:18 Song - Moving Forward Kokou Katamani
4:18 - 4:23 Message  Fatima Chaudhary, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center 
4:23 - 4:28 Message and Tai Chi Deep Breathing  David Wei 
4:28 - 4:30 Message/Prayer  Jaiwant Virk 
4:30 - 4:35 Song Leonard D Pete, St. Benedict Catholic Church 
4:35 - 4:40 Message David Gaines, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
4:40 - 4:45 Song - Mother Earth  Kokou Katamani 
4:45 - 4:50 Songs - Put a Little Love in Your Heart; Let There Be Peace on Earth, and Let It Begin With Me Stacy Carter
4:50 - 4:57 Peace Pledge  Leslie Brown, SMU EHI 
4:57 - 5:00 Thank You. May Peace Prevail on Earth.  Dennis Waespi, EBRPD Board Member