A CALL FOR WORSHIP COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES
TO TAKE UP PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S SPEECH ON WORLD PEACE
The origin of the word “worship” means “attention to that which is worthy.” Nothing is more worthy of attention than the issue of world peace. And no President of the United States has been more farsighted in his understanding of the process of peace and more determined to struggle for it than President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy’s ideas were expressed for everyone in his monumentally important commencement address, which was delivered at American University on June 10, 1963. See it at: https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/HWNAU/JFK061063.html
At the time this speech represented a radical break from the Cold War thinking that had followed World War II and had dominated US foreign policy. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so impressed by the speech that he had it reprinted throughout the Soviet Union. This is why the ideas articulated in this speech are so important today, when mankind desperately needs peaceful international cooperations and an alternative to Cold War thinking and military conflicts.
In connection with the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd, we are calling on churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples throughout the nation to organize meetings for their congregations in which members will listen to and/or read the President’s speech and discuss its implications for us today.
“… And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation — the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?”
President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963
This call is a project of the President Kennedy Peace Speech Group of Massachusetts Peace Action. This group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in this call, please contact the group and forward this call to any and all who might be interested.