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A 10-year-old girl wrote this prayer after the towers fell on September 11, 2001. The Rosa Parks Peace Garden Children were celebrating a harvest dinner. She concludes: We join hands in God's name for them and for us that we may be people who love and who build peace....
Saturday, August 22nd is Earth Overshoot Day!  This means that the human community will have used within 8 months all of the natural resources that Earth can naturally replenish in one year.  We are creating an earth deficit for the next 4 months....
The United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (8/6/45) and Nagasaki (8/9/45), two cities in Japan. It is time to remember, to pray, and to learn the cost of the tragedy of war. Let’s allow the anniversaries of these bombings refuel our resolve to become peacemakers. ...
For a native-born citizen, patriotism is a natural response. It is reinforced from childhood and it is celebrated with parades, fireworks, music, bunting, and flags. Today we must renew our commitment to create an honorable and just country. That commitment will insure a happy fourth of July! ...
On Memorial Day it is laudable to pray for those who served in the military and lost their lives. These women and men were called by our country into risk. Therefore, we remember them and pray for them and for their families who have borne the pain of their loss....
Cinco de Mayo – on May 5, 1862 we remember the battle of Puebla in Mexico’s war against France. Let us continue to pray that God will give a greater appreciation of human diversity while reminding us to celebrate that we are one human family....
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd. Every year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. This year (2020) we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action....
Carter G. Woodson is considered the father of black history month. He was the son of former slaves. Carter noticed and was displeased that the history textbooks ignored America’s black population. In 1926, Woodson developed Negro History Week. In 1976 this week was expanded into Black History Month. ...
The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. Established in 1950, its purpose was to encourage interfaith understanding. Today there are many interfaith movements, and it is necessary to respect and to join with others in claiming our global humanity and saving our common home. ...
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Dr. King, Jr. is best known as a civil-rights leader. His leadership in the movement brought him worldwide attention. His famous march on Washington was in 1964. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964....