Embracing Global Perspectives

International Day of Peace

2021 theme: "Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world"

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and cease-fire.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” The Center for Global Engagement invites you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

FLAG PROCESSION — 11:30 a.m.
    Center for Global Engagement to Rose Garden (Samuelson Chapel)

Join the Cal Lutheran flag procession from the Center for Global Engagement to the Rose Garden (Samuelson Chapel). International students and staff will carry flags for each of the countries represented at Cal Lutheran.

    Rose Garden (Samuelson Chapel)

Please pause at 12 p.m. local time to join us at the Rose Garden (Samuelson Chapel) and people all across the world in a global Moment of Peace. The Rev. Mark W. Holmerud will be leading our ceremony, walking us through a minute of silence and helping us reflect on the concept of peace on this important day. 

    Kingsmen Park Gazebo 

Come to the Kingsmen Park Gazebo and share your arts-filled day of peace with your peers through poetry, music, dance, painting, origami and more. Many religions and cultures celebrate doves as a symbol of peace. Match the dove with the tradition of origami, or Japanese paper folding, which has become a symbol of peace thanks to Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who was a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.