There are always great posts on faith and politics at the God's Politics blog. Two particularly resonated with me having recently met Stephen Zunes, an amazing professor of politics and chair of Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. Please check out Jim Wallis' piece sharing the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks about Iraq and Iran and Brian McLaren's post on Torture. If we are going to have real change in the United States it will be because we really listened to voices urging us to pursue the way of peace.
On October 27 across the country there will be massive demonstrations for Peace. Many from the Episcopal Diocese of California will be marching alongside our bishop. On Thursday night, October 25 there will be an inter-religious prayer service for peace at Grace Cathedral. Also this month, the Washington National Cathedral on the other side of the country is hosting an exciting concert for peace which you can check out here.
Below are the details about the October 25th prayer service in San Francisco.
Salaam, Shalom, Solh, Paz, Peace
Inter-Religious Prayer Service for Peace in Iraq
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
Grace Cathedral 1100 California St. (at Taylor)
Join people from all colors of the religious spectrum as we pray together for peace in Iraq. Since polls show that more than 70% of Americans want an end to this conflict, it is vitally important that this sentiment be visibly expressed. As people of faith, we will pray and we will act.
Brought to you by the Inter-Religious Working Group of the October 27 Coalition.
Co-sponsors include the Episcopal Diocese of California, American Friends Service Committee, Kehilla Community Synagogue, United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Inter-Religious Witness for Peace in the Middle East, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned, Tikkun Community, Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslim Voice and Global Peace Partners. Other endorsements are pending and welcome.
For more information about (or to volunteer with) the END THE WAR NOW Mobilizations in SF and 11 regional centers across the country taking place on Saturday, October 27, visit oct27.org or oct27sf.org or call Jim Haber at the number below.
and march with us...
There will be an inter-religious contingent for the march gathering at the Friends Meeting House just 2 blocks from the start of the march and even less from Civic Center BART/Muni. 65 Ninth St. between Market and Mission. Gather at 11:00 am. We'll leave for Civic Center at about 11:45. Clergy are encouraged to wear your stolls, collars, or robes. Wear comfortable shoes.
For more information about or to or to endorse the Inter-Religious Prayer Service for Peace in Iraq, contact Jim Haber at firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-828-2506 or Allan Solomonow at email@example.com, 415-565-0201x26.