In Second Life, the International Day of Peace inspired an event called Spirit Fair, which was a combination of exhibitions and events over 48 hours. People of many faiths and philosophies worked together to provide this experience for the residents of SL, with around 2000 people visiting the Nirvana sim where the Fair took place. I was privileged to take part in the Fair as a representative of Anglicans of SL. In the Sunday noon service I shared something of that experience and about what James and Jesus have to say about peace and our walk as disciples.
The readings for the day were Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a and Mark 9:30-37. My reflection is given below.
Friday was the International Day of Peace, a day when activities and celebrations took place all over the world. Peace Day was brought about by a United Nations’ resolution when the General Assembly opened in 1981. In 2002, 21 September was declared as a permanent date for the International Day of Peace. This year is its 30th anniversary.
This is part of what was said in the discussion about Peace Day in the U.N.:
Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace. Continue reading