Presiding Bishop invites prayer on 75th anniversary of United Nations
On October 24th, 2020, the United Nations will commemorate its 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter, signifying the official founding of the United Nations. The day is officially known as “United Nations Day”.
To mark the occasion, Presiding Bishop Curry invites Episcopalians to join him on Sunday, October 25th, in praying the “Prayer for Peace Among the Nations” as a prayer of solidarity while the world continues to work towards peace, justice, human rights and the full development and dignity of all peoples living in harmony with each other, our planet and its creatures.
Watch the Presiding Bishop's video message above, and join the Presiding Bishop in the prayer:
Almighty God, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for Peace Among the Nations, Book of Common Prayer, p. 816
Established in the aftermath of the destruction of two World Wars, the United Nations was then - and still is today - envisioned as a global forum for dialogue between nations of the world, to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, promote sustainable development and uphold international law.
Congregations considering incorporating Bishop Curry’s message into their October 25 worship service may download the video above. A bulletin insert with more information is available here.
The Episcopal Church and the United Nations
Episcopalians have been engaging with the United Nations (UN) since before its inception in 1945. More information about the history of their engagement can be found on the History of The Episcopal Church and the United Nations webpage.
Today, Episcopalians participate in many ways: as UN staff, as representatives of member states, civil society organizations or The Episcopal Church, following UN dialogue on global issues that concern them, or participating in UN events virtually or in person.
It is not necessary to come to the United Nations to engage with this important global body. In their local churches, dioceses and communities, Episcopalians are actively involved in ministry with the UN by learning about issues being discussed at the UN, by contributing their expertise to the UN when possible, and by creating an understanding of the link between our local concerns and the global community of which we are all a vital part. For more information or to discuss ideas involving your local parish, diocese or church group, contact EpiscopalUN@episcopalchurch.org.