On the UN International Day of Peace, Faith Leaders to Call for Action for Syria

(New York, NY, 9/14/2016) On the United Nations International Day of Peace, faith leaders will hold press conference to demand action for Syria, followed by an interfaith prayer vigil. 

WHAT: Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria Press Conference 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 4pm 

WHERE: Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th St, New York, NY 

CONTACT: Sahar Alsahlani 818-335-3253 GlobalDayforSyria@gmail.com 

Religious leaders representing many faith communities will join with others on the International Day of Peace to demonstrate the urgency of ending war and violence in Syria. More than five years of brutal war has taken a heavy toll on Syrians. These religious leaders will gather to demand an immediate end to all bombing campaigns and other military actions that perpetuate this terrible war. 

Clergy and lay leaders will gather on this day to stand for peace and social justice in Syria and for Syrians everywhere. In addition, they will urge government leaders to provide generously for the needs of refugees and internally displaced people. 

It is long past time for war and violence to stop and to advance the hard work of finding a new way forward, toward a future where all Syrians can live together in peace and justice. Leaders must use a just peace approach: scaling-up trauma healing, restorative justice, unarmed civilian protection, and transformative dialogue with all stakeholders involved in the conflict to build a sustainable just peace. 

All faith traditions teach clearly to care for those who are in need, welcome refugees, and call for nonviolent resolutions to conflict.

People of moral conscience have been actively responding to the needs of Syrians affected by the crisis in Syria, neighboring countries and around the world. Of particular concern has been the impact of Islamophobia both on the global fronts of violence and the domestic politics of refugee welcome in Europe and the United States of America. The global community can and must do much more.   

Speakers  include:

Reverend Jim Winkler, National Council of Churches

Rev. Kristin Stoneking, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Antti Pentikainen, Network for Religious and Traditional Peace Makers

Sana Mustafa, Graduate student and Activist

Dr. TK Nakagaki, Buddhist Council 

Stephan Said, Musician, Activist, Host of “Borderless” docuseries.

Yara Harake, Theirworld


SEE: Global Ministries:


SEE: Global Day of Action and Prayer for Syria 


SEE: #GiveRefugeesRest: A campaign by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA) to end Islamophobia & welcome refugees 


SEE: Borderless


The event is being sponsored by:  

Association of Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld  

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz 

Buddhist Council of New York 

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice 

Colombian Center for Advocacy and Outreach 

Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center 

Conference of Major Superiors of Men 

Disciples Peace Fellowship 

Fellowship of Reconciliation 

Franciscan Action Network 

Franciscan Peace Center 

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ 

Interfaith Center of New York 

JPIC Committee, Passionists of North America 

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives 

Leadership Conference of Women Religious 

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns 

Mennonite Central Committee U.S. 

Muslim Peace Fellowship 

Pax Christi International 

Pax Christi Long Island 

Pax Christi USA 

Presbyterian Church (USA) 

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship 

Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 

Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries 

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society 





CONTACT: Sahar Alsahlani 818-335-3253 GlobalDayforSyria@gmail.com 


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