Push for Peace -– Peace Day Philly

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:00am - 8:45pm

The United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21, provides an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, for greater peace. This global day is observed by hundreds of millions of citizens in cities, towns and villages worldwide. Thousands of NGOs, as well as citizens and governments, organize and engage in diverse peace-related activities such as peace education, the arts, spirituality, the environment, social justice, community, sport, service, and more.

Join us in using the platform of the United Nations International Day of Peace as a global day of local opportunity! Create and/or engage in peace-related activities that have meaning for you/your organization related to personal, local and/or global peace. 

Friday, Sept. 21 – the International Day of Peace



10am – 1pm (program 11:30-12:30pm)
City Hall Courtyard

This launch of the Push for Peace youth led coalition will include resource tables on peace and anti-violence (10am,-1pm), creative activities (10am – 11:30am) and a program (11:30am – 12:30pm) featuring speakers, performance, special guests and the global minute of silence at 12 noon (happening for Peace Day in all timezones).

Download flier HERE

Coalition members include: Peace Day Philly, Global Citizen, the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Ceasefire PA, the Philadelphia School District, March for Our Lives Philadelphia, Parkway NW School for Peace and Social Justice.


September 21

2pm -8pm

Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center
954 North Marshall Street, Philadelphia

Join us at The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia (CTBC) as we offer continuous prayers for world peace and social justice on Peace Day.  Our program will include being led through traditional Tibetan Buddhist mantras.

Mantras have been used for millennia (and recently proven by modern research) to change the consciousness at a subtle level. Different mantras will be recited to help protect, purify, heal and bring greater compassion and tolerance for ourselves and the world. Through a strong and pure intention, it is said the merit created by reciting mantras, will grow manifold.  We invite all our brothers and sisters to join us for this prayer that will resonate throughout our City and the world.

The six-hour program will be divided into one-hour segments devoted to a particular mantra.  Each mantra segment includes an introduction, a short meditation, chanting of the mantra and dedication.  Visitors are welcome to attend all or any portion of the schedule:
2-3         Buddha’s Mantra – to create safety and overcome fear
3-4         Padmasambhava – to remove obstacles and create a field or protection
4-5         Chenrezig – peace through compassion
5-6         Tara – wish filling
6-7          Medicine Buddha – healing
7-8          Vajrasattva – purification

RSVP (appreciated, but not required) HERE.

Prayer Dedications.  If you are unable to attend but would like to dedicate a prayer, please let us know HERE.  We will include your dedication in the mantra. 

CTBC is an open and diverse community of seekers and practitioners looking to reduce suffering in the world.  Our main goal is to cultivate compassion and loving-kindness, based on the philosophy and methods taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.  CTBC was founded in 1991 as a non-sectarian, non-profit organization, open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.  Our Founder and Spiritual Director is the Venerable Losang Samten, accomplished Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk.  For more information about CTBC, please contact us at [email protected].


Friday, September 21
Penn Museum
3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In honor of Peace Day Philly (September 17-21) and National Welcoming Week (September 14-23) celebrating immigrants and the contributions they make, the Museum offers a Global Guide tour of the new Middle East Galleries. Penn Museum’s Global Guides—recent immigrants from Iraq or Syria—provide tours of the new Galleries, combining archaeological and historical information about the materials with their own personal stories. Visitors can also experience Global Guide public tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm.

The tours are free with Museum admission.  EBT card holders are able to receive special admission discounts


Friday, September 21
In front of the Philadelphia Ethical Society
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Celebrate Peace Day (the International Day of Peace) with music and song! Join Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, for an informal sing along of new and old peace songs. Lyrics and lemonade provided. Always a fun and unifying Peace Day tradition. Outside the Ethical Society. FREE.

Download the flier HERE


Friday, September 21 (the UN International Day of Peace)
7:00pm – 8:45pm
Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square

Suggested contribution $15

Join us for an evening of music performed by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as immigrant/refugee special guests. This Peace Day event will benefit refugees served by HIAS PA

To RSVP, go to: http://hiaspa.org/peacedayphilly

Download flier HERE

BuildaBridge International and HIAS PA are co-sponsors of this event.

Light refreshments to follow the concert contributed by the Granny Peace Brigade of Philadelphia.


This program is also part of Welcoming Week.