Since 1981, this day has been set aside by the United Nations. All forces in combat are called to observe cease-fires, and all peoples and nations are invited to reaffirm their commitment to non-violence and the peaceful resolution of disputes.
The Bethany community gathered in the Amphitheater to create, hang, and dedicate strings of prayer flags, a common custom in Nepali and Tibetan Buddhism. In Christian and Jewish traditions, offerings and incense are burned so that prayers might rise to God on the smoke. In a similar way, wind carries prayers written on these flags to all places in the world. What better place for them, than the windy Kansas prairie?