This May we are asking you to Give Us A Sign for Peace!
The Give Us A Sign project is an ecumenical initiative that encourages churches and Christian organisations to use their noticeboards to speak with one voice on important social justice issues. The project emerged in 2015 out of conversations within the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches in the Hunter and Central Coast. Last year its focus was promoting compassion for asylum seekers.
In 2016 we ask churches and Christian organisations to stand together to call for peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (John 14:27)
We experience the absence of peace on many different levels. Internationally we see stories of war and terrorism. Across our country in our daily news there are reports of violence. Some people live in fear of domestic violence in their own homes. Other still struggle with feelings of inner turmoil and experience a deep sense of personal unrest and conflict. We ask churches and Christian organisations to offer a prayerful message of peace on their noticeboards each week during May.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. – John 14:27The call to be a people of peace is a constant call in Scripture. As God’s people we are to be people who speak of peace, act for peace, and embody peace. This is surely especially so in a world such as ours, where many people do not know peace, but live in very real fear. I encourage you to be part of the “Give Us a Sign” campaign for peace as one of the ways in which you work for peace today.
– The Right Reverend Greg Thompson, Anglican Bishop of Newcastle
It’s very simple to be involved with Give Us A Sign: Peace!
1. Choose a message of peace for display on your noticeboard.
You may choose your own, or select from a number of options from the Give Us A Sign team. These are available from our website www.giveusasign.org
2. Take a photo of your sign and post it with the hashtag #giveusasign on:
a. The Give Us A Sign Facebook page; and
b. Your organisation’s Facebook page or other social media.
3. Individuals, such as clergy, parishioners and members of your school communities, can also take a picture of themselves with a message of peace and post it on the Give Us A Sign Facebook page.
Some suggestions for your noticeboard or sign:
May the Lord bless his people with peace. Psalm 29
Let Christ’s peace rule in your hearts. Col 3:15
Make me a channel of your peace
Make peace with yourself
Talk is cheap. Practise peace.
Build bridges not walls. Be a peaceful Christian
If your life is in pieces find peace in Jesus
To find out more, and to submit your message of peace – visit www.giveusasign.org