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8 November 2011

Esteemed Colleagues:

Each of our faith traditions calls us to cherish children with especial joy. 

Our various traditions recognize—each in their own way—that children have not only the full dignity of being persons, but also that the special state of childhood calls all of us to honor and protect children and to provide to them the help and support they need as children. 

Sadly, violence afflicts millions of children who are, all too often, not protected and not given the help they need and deserve. As religious people, we know this is wrong.  We can do more than protest these failures; we also can both pray for and take positive action to help children. 

Thus, it is a particular joy to call on the entire Religions for Peace movement to take part in the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (the World Day) that coincide with the Universal Children’s Day on November 20. Let me ask that each national and regional affiliate of Religions for Peace consider advancing its own ways of participating in this wonderful global initiative.  In addition, every individual member of Religions for Peace is also invited to engage in special “prayer and action” for children on this day.  Let each pray according to their own tradition and each act as they can.

The theme of the World Day for the period 2011-2013 is to Stop Violence against Children. Some of the “take action” projects to prevent violence against children include:

  • Positive parenting projects on non-violent child rearing techniques
  • Birth registration drives for child protection
  • Campaigns against early marriage to empower girls and families
  • And, the countless acts of prayer and action that every person can do as a believer

To help with designing special events, interfaith services and “take action” activities, please visit: www.dayofprayerandaction.org.  You will find excellent background materials on this site. 

We are united in our commitment to harness our collective energies to celebrate, support and protect children.  Accept my heartfelt appreciation for undertaking this important action. Also, please let me know about the ways you have been able to participate in the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.  

Yours in partnership, I remain,

Sincerely,

 New Dr. Vendley Signature

Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General 


RELIGIONS FOR PEACE—the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than eighty national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.

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