Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fast for Peace, October 8th

This is from the National Council of Churches news service:

Several religious leaders representing tens of millions of faithful Americans stood today in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol calling religious communities of various traditions to a day of fasting and prayer to end the Iraq war.

"We must return to the ancient disciplines so that we will turn away from violence toward reverence," said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of the Shalom Center, Philadelphia, to reporters gathered in front of the United Methodist Church office building on Maryland Avenue.

Represented at the news conference were leaders of Muslim, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, and Baptist traditions. The Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, associate general secretary for interfaith relations at the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), and himself a Baptist, organized the news event.

Ancient practices were used at the news conference in the call to the nation. The ram's horn, or Jewish shofar, was sounded to "wake up" a nation. Ashes were placed on the leaders' foreheads as signs of repentance. A bell was tolled to call America's people of faith to join together on October 8 to fast from dawn to sunset, breaking the fast with their Muslim sisters and brothers. (Read More)

Monday, October 8th. A good day to fast and pray for peace.


  1. May Republican Jeezus have mercy on their souls.

    Seriously, though, much as it pains me as a lover of food, I'll be fasting in the near future.

  2. Aw, hell, it's Canadian Thanksgiving and I will actually be celebrating it with the Significant Other's parents in British Columbia.

    Someone in Ottawa did not think this through.