Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Global Day(s) for Darfur

I just got back from a press conference in front of San Francisco City Hall where people from across the Bay Area came together to help launch the Global Day(s) for Darfur. There are events throughout the world happening this weekend to call for an end to the violence. Author Anne Lamott, the Reverend Cecil Williams from Glide Memorial Methodist Church, Sudanese immigrants, kids from a local Catholic school, secular and religious activists and Stanford University students were among those who spoke at today's event.

There will be an interfaith prayer service this evening at Old Saint Mary's Church. Click here for more details on all that is happening to bring an end to this nightmare.

A new friend of mine just told me about an event happening this coming Friday highlighting the struggles of Northern Ugandan children, called "Displace Me". My friend Mike in San Diego has posted a thoughtful reflection on the event and film associated with the movement. There are many ways to express ones commitment to the global struggle for justice and reconciliation, may we never give up until the dignity of all people is honored.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.

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