PEACE SUNDAY 2019
PEACE SUNDAY 2018
Last year’s theme “Sacred Activism: Environmental Justice and Human Rights” challenged us, in these increasingly turbulent times, to speak up, stand up, and actualize our most sacred values in our individual lives, our families, communities, nations, and the world.
The event spoke to how our sacred activism can powerfully address the injustices being done to our planet in this age of climate change, as well as the injustices suffered by the most vulnerable members of our human family as a result of both political and economic policies.
To view more photos from Peace Sunday 2018, please use the link to the video/slideshow posted below. All photos were taken by Amanda Reta and music provided by UDC Executive Director Stephen Fiske.
ll are invited to join us! This year is the 52nd-anniversary of the Unity and Diversity World Council (UDC), the 16th anniversary of One Global Family Foundation (OGFF), and the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN). UDC was born during International Cooperation Year 1965, the highlight of the United Nations 20th anniversary. OGFF was born on September 11th, 2001 after the horrific terrorist attacks which killed thousands of innocent lives in the USA.
Peace Sunday, the annual event sponsored by UDC and OGFF, is a call empowering us to build a peaceful and sustainable future. This year’s theme “Sacred Activism: Caring for Each Other and Mother Earth Through Active Engagement” challenges us, in these increasingly troubled and turbulent times, to step up, stand up, and actualize our most sacred values in our individual lives, in our families, communities, nations, and world.
This year, our sacred activism will address nuclear proliferation and the danger of nuclear waste, which is of specific and immediate concern to us in Southern California due to 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste potentially being stored in steel drums on the beach at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
The United States has over 5,000 nuclear weapons, more than all the other nations armed with nuclear weapons combined. President Trump is seeking to increase our military budget by $54 Billion taking funds away from social and economic services, education, disaster relief, and foreign aid. US military and associated costs account for fifty percent of the US budget. Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and climate change are humanity’s most existential threats. WE, the people, have allowed this to happen. WE, the people, must resolve these critical issues. WE, the people, must demand an end to nuclear madness, and demand that our government acknowledge the reality of climate change, and take steps to amend this insanity!
Peace Sunday has always featured inspiring speakers, music, displays of participating groups, and serves as a day of collaborative participation toward creating a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. This year’s Peace Sunday keynote speakers will beUS Congressmember Karen Bass and scientist, aerospace, chemical, nuclear engineer Edward D. McCullough, as well as advocates Charles Langley and Nina Babiarz ofwww.PublicWatchdogs.org, and Indigenous Elder Rev. Adelia Sandoval. Peace Sunday includes a Sunday morning interfaith service with inspiring presentations from interfaith leaders and performers (10 am to 11:30 am), lunch, breakout session (12:30 pm to 1:45 pm), and DON’T MISS the main afternoon Peace Sundaystage program (2 pm to 5 pm). See the attached flyer for more details.
Additionally, Peace Sunday will feature the screening of Women Wage Peace, new film production of The Jerusalem Prayer Project, a special affiliate of UDC, telling the story of courageous Israeli and Palestinian women who are forging a momentous new direction for peace in the Holy Land. Women Wage Peace has been filmed in Israel/Palestine and produced by Stephen Fiske and Robert Corsini.
WE, the people, are called to Sacred Activism. Please show up and let your voice be heard!!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Laura, Stephen, and Leland
UDC & OGFF
This year is the 52nd anniversary of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council and the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations. UDC was born during International Cooperation Year 1965, which was the highlight of the United Nations 20th anniversary. Peace Sunday is being sponsored by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council and the One Global Family Foundation (OGFF), a humanitarian and interfaith peacebuilding non-profit organization, born on September 11th, 2001. This year is the 16th anniversary of OGFF. Peace Sunday is being hosted once again by the IMAN Cultural Center and is being co-sponsored by numerous community partner organizations, which are listed in the program.
This year finds much of the world in turmoil and unease. We hope that Peace Sunday will provide inspiration, courage, and valuable tools as we moving into an equitable, peaceful, and sustainable future.
Leland Perry Stewart, Founder & Central Coordinator of Unity-and-Diversity World Council
Laura Lafoia Ava-Tesimale, Founder & President of One Global Family Foundation
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