Welcome to Peace Month 2015: Making Peace through Lament (en Español)
This year’s Peace Month theme is “Making Peace through Lament.” It may be that this will not be an easy topic for us, but we also recognize its importance. We feel it is important to bring our laments before God, to acknowledge the pain, suffering, and injustice we see and experience, and to allow God to create peace in our hearts and communities in whatever way that is possible. We also recognize that sometimes we lament about things that aren’t lamentable, and when we bring those before God, we can experience God’s grace by allowing ourselves to see the world from God’s perspective.
As a NWYM community, we will experience Peace Month together in January 2015, the sixth annual Peace Month. (2016 teaser: since next year will be the seventh Peace Month, the theme will be Sabbath!) Please join us in turning our hearts and our attention to the personal, communal, and global laments that stir within us. Let’s take a month to listen to the presence of God within those laments. Let’s give our children (and ourselves!) permission to call out to God with our feelings of injustice and suffering. Let’s allow our hearts to break with the things that break the heart of God, and receive God’s perspective when we’ve become too focused on ourselves.
The weekly themes will flow as follows:
- January 4: Individual Lament
- January 11: Communal Lament
- January 18: Reframing Discontent
- January 25: Lament Over Injustice
Each NWYM meeting will receive posters to advertise Peace Month, a Daily Reader with reflections written by those around NWYM for each day of January, and a Leaders Handbook with prompts to get you thinking about that week’s theme and shaping it toward your own sermon or lesson plan. The Leaders Handbook is available below, and the Daily Reader will be available soon on this page.
Also below, please find a printable version and a digital version of the Peace Month poster, as well as a PowerPoint slide to be used as a theme image throughout the month of January.
Nate Macy put several of the Psalms to music, and has graciously allowed us to use them as worship aids this month. The mp3s are below.
Thank you for participating in Peace Month as a NWYM community. We look forward to seeing how God will open our hearts this January and move us toward peace within and peaceful actions against injustice.
The Peace Education Subcommittee
Psalms Songs by Nate Macy
Psalm 22 (individual)
Psalm 4 (communal)
Psalm 73 (reframing)
Psalm 137 (injustice)