Thursday, August 12, 2010

A million minutes for peace . . .

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Odyssey Networks, the nation's largest not-for-profit multi-faith media coalition, who have launched their second annual multi-media peace initiative, A Million Minutes for Peace, centered on the power of prayer. The people at Odyssey are largely responsible for the Hallmark production of "The Note," so I was eager to hear about this new program. The intiative, I was told, was an interfaith movement designed to encourage people to stop and pray for peace on September 21. Participants would include followers of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and other faiths.

Since Christians should certainly be pro-peace, I agreed to participate and filmed a few short video clips at my home.

Last week, friends of mine from college lost their 25-year-old son in Afghanistan, as he traveled as a videographer for a group of Christian doctors who were offering free medical care to a remote village. (You may have read about these ten murders in the weekend newspapers.)

Thinking about the clips I recorded weeks ago, today I can't help being overcome by a sense of irony. Never has peace been more desperately needed.

Will you put your faith into action and join the pledge? Please feel free to pass these links along to spread the word . . . for peace and prayer.

The following is a public service announcement from Odyssey Networks:

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And you can watch my peace video here.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am touched and humbled by your video, Angie. My initial thought was 'Peace comes from God when we are in right relationship with Him' and wondered how to convey that in an ecumenical prayer gathering. You said it with truth with grace. Thanks for that.

I did hear about the murder of that medical team. In these days when peace in our world is elusive, they are in the better place and have given us a profound message. But, oh, the grief for their families. I am praying for them.

Mary Kay