Twenty five years ago, Pope John Paul II invited leaders of the world’s major religions to join him in Assisi so that a single song of peace might be offered  up to God. Seventy of those leaders accepted his invitation. They provided witness that the desire for peace is shared by all people of good will. On October 4, 2011 we renewed that prayer for peace with a special prayer service bringing together many  local religious leaders from a variety of faiths.

 

The message of peace is needed as much today as it was twenty five years ago.  In the spirit of St Francis, let us see all people as brothers and sisters, and commit ourselves to concrete actions that will allow us to work together to confront threats to peace in our world.

This event was organized by Fr. David McBriar. Religious leaders in attendance included:

 Fr Mark Reamer, O.F.M., Pastor St. Francis of Assisi Church 

Theresa Rosenberg,  Temple Beth Or

Jack Thatcher, Baha’I Unity Center

Rev. Farrunnissa Rosa, Spiritual Director of Rose Heart Sufi Community, Durham NC 

Rev WonGong So, Head Priest at the Won-Buddhism Temple

Abdullah Antepli, Campus Minister to The Muslim Community, Duke University

The Commitments to Peace where read by:

1. Rev. Nancy Petty,Pastor, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

2. Jihad Shawwa, Triangle Interfaith Alliance            

3. Most Reverend  Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh

4. Most Reverend Alfred Gwinn, Jr, Bishop of the North Carolina Council of the United Methodist Church 

5. Br. Fiaz Fareed, Chairman of the Islamic Association of Raleigh 

6. Kate Shiring, Parishioner, St. Francis of Assisi Church 

7. Rev. WonGong So, Head Priest, Won Buddhism Temple, Chapel Hill, NC 

8. Duane Beck, Pastor, Raleigh Mennonite Church

9. Rev.  David Guthrie, President, Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference,

Moravian Church of North America 

10. Theresa Rosenberg, Temple Beth Or