Leaders of Christian churches in Fiji have recognised it is no longer possible to pray, preach and practise theology with their backs to people's sufferings.
And they believe it is an opportune time for Christian churches to work together in their common mission proclaiming the gospel and to speak with a common voice on issues that affect the society in which they live in and serve.
"Peace as shalom is living in active anticipation of the fullness of life, understood by us as the gift of God through Christ," said the statement from the church leaders after a two-day World Association for Christian Communications symposium that ended in Suva on Friday.
"Peace begins with each person practising equality, simplicity and humility."
The participant churches were The Apostles Gospel Outreach Fiji International, Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Church of God, Church of Latter Day Saints, Fiji Community Churches of Christ, Methodist Church in Fiji, Nazarene Church and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
In the outcome statement for International Day of Peace scheduled for September 21, the church leaders said the Kingdom of God "exists when there is peace, love, justice, freedom and respect for human dignity".
With one voice, the church leaders told their communities of faith to be a model of God's love in their day-to-day lives, to speak the truth in love, and listen to the hurt of God's people and inspire them to hope.
"We are called to live in holiness, simplicity and humility. We are called to strengthen our relationships with each other and build relationships through dialogue with our neighbours.
"We must commit to working and speaking together in our common mission of contributing to the actualisation of God's Kingdom and God's shalom."