Episcopalians have been engaging with the United Nations (UN) since before its inception in 1945. They participate in many different ways: as individual people of faith, as UN staff, as representatives of member states or civil society organizations, or simply by attending UN meetings and events or participating in UN-organized activities or social media campaigns. In their parishes, dioceses, schools, seminaries and communities, Episcopalians engage with the UN by learning about global issues being discussed there, by contributing their expertise and by facilitating the links between our local concerns, efforts and ministries, and the global community of which we are all a vital part.
On October 24th, 2020, the United Nations commemorated 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”. 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.
To mark the UN’s 75th anniversary, the Episcopal UN office joined with Episcopal Archives in conducting archival research on the history of Episcopal engagement with the United Nations, which is presented on a dedicated webpage, History of The Episcopal Church and the United Nations. Presiding Bishop Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on Sunday, October 25th, 2020, 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.
We invite you to continue this tradition with us in 2021 by watching the Presiding Bishop’s video message above, and joining the Presiding Bishop and Episcopalians in this 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
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