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During this year's Synod, the Collegium of Officers of the United Church of Christ published a Pastoral Letter on the War in Iraq, calling for the end of death and violence and the beginning of lasting peace through diplomacy in the Middle East.

Through the unified leadership of its National Officers, Conference Ministers and Seminary Presidents, the United Church of Christ is seeking to build an unprecedented faith-based movement "to join protest to prayer" in ending the war in Iraq.

Home: Justice: 100,000 for Peace

On March 19, 2008, the world will pause to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Five years of bloodshed, destruction, displacement and death.

On this day — the Wednesday of Holy Week — our members, supporters and congregations will remember the day with meditation and action. Together, on March 19, we will move from lamentation to action to hope.

Please read more about the schedule for March 19, and get involved.

It's the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War. How will you be a light for peace on March 19, 2008?
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Please join us in our morning, noon, and evening efforts on March 19 to mark the anniversary of the war in Iraq. Become one of 100,000 Lights for Peace - tell us what actions you will take.

Light a candle and begin the day with a Prayer of Lament, based on Psalm 130 and the UCC’s Pastoral Letter on the War in Iraq.

Take action for peace. Be a light for peace, and light up the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask to speak to your elected Members of Congress. A Meditation for Mid-Day Action is provided to undergird your spirited witness for:

  1. an end to the war in Iraq;
  2. greater responsiveness to the needs of returning soldiers and their families;
  3. greater U.S. aid for Iraqi refugees and others displaced by the fighting and bloodshed.

Join others for a candlelight vigil and tolling of church bells. “Open the way to peace in Iraq” will be our shared petition in our Evening Prayer of Hope.

Download all three prayers in one PDF document. 

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