The Things that Make for Peace

Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, where I work, for a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Check out what she had to say about her experience.

Stumbling on Grace

My congregation and I have been spending the time between September 7- October 5, 2014 observing the Season for Peace.  It seemed appropriate after a summer watching headlines from Gaza, Syria, Ferguson, and countless other challenges both near and far.  But when we speak of peace, so often our minds immediately go to images of violence and war.  People should be able to live in places where the sounds of gun fire aren’t commonplace and daily life isn’t filled with decisions about how to stay alive just to get groceries or go to school.  If we value human life, then we must value such a life for all people.  There’s no question about that.  But last week when I attended the International Day of Peace at the Church Center for the United Nations, I was reminded of the interconnected web that creates peace.

Church Center for the United Nations marking the International Day of Peace The chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations as we sang and…

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