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Prayer & Action for Peace in U.S. Communities

We continue to pray and act for peace around the globe this week, in solidarity especially with those people suffering in Ft. Hood and the families of those wounded or killed in the shooting there this past week.  Please consider forwarding this prayer & action request to your networks.

Stories and Icons For Our Prayers:

1.      The full page prayer “Praying for Peace in U.S. Communities” (pp. 18-19) is below.

2.       This past week we have seen the tragedy of violence in Texas at the Ft. Hood army base.  Several news organizations have covered these events. Sojourners has added a great blog of remembering to pray not only for the families of victims and victims, but also for justice for the accused. http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/will-violence-have-the-last-word-at-fort-hood/

3.      This week there has also been a concern about what this will mean for Muslims in the military.  This NY Times article covers why the worries of those serving who are Muslim are very real. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/us/09muslim.html?_r=1&hp

Prayer for Peace in U.S. Communities

O God of justice and peace, you raised up a prophet of justice and peace for our nation in the person of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Through his prophetic vision, words, and deeds, you continue to challenge us to be the instruments of your justice and peace for our communities and nation.

Inspired by his vision that there is no peace without justice and by the powerful ring of his voice, “…let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).  Help us be part of that mighty stream and work for better educational and job opportunities for the youth of our nation.  Help those who work with disempowered youth, with gangs, with offenders, and ex-offenders, and give us the courage to open our hearts and homes whenever we have a chance to help.

Inspire in us and in the youth of our nation, Dr. King’s conviction that violence only begets more violence.  It multiplies evil instead of eliminating it.  Only love can drive out hate.  In the face of escalating violence, help us escalate love.

Action Suggestions

1.      Consider giving to Centurions Guild, a not-for-profit organization that helps service members in distress. http://centurionsguild.org/

2.      Consider being part of CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) current action campaigns.  CAIR is a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group. CAIR’s vision is to promote justice and mutual understanding. http://www.cair.com/

3.      Consider connecting with the Brady Campaign, which promotes prevention of gun violence. http://www.bradycampaign.org/   The Brady Campaign was in the middle of planning  a response to legislation that was in Senate that would restore gun access to veterans who were considered “mentally incapacitated or mentally incompetent” when they heard the news of this shooting.  They are now saying that in light of this incident, it is even more clear the legislation should be rejected.

(Prayer and Action Suggestions are from Praying For Peace Around the Globe.)

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