H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations receives Walnut Peace Pole

July 12th, 2018
WPPS Peace Representatives,  Monica Willard from the U.S.  along with Fr. James Channan from Pakistan presented a mini Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations.

Peace Representatives, Monica Willard (left) and Fr. James Channan (right) present a walnut Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

The special Peace Pole was crafted from a walnut tree from the 100 year old walnut grove which is part of the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, NY.  Some trees in the grove were felled due to overcrowding and our peace pole maker, Jim Dugan, crafted these walnut peace poles for special occasions.  Prayers and intentions of global peace has been infused in each and every walnut tree in the grove over the last 30 years since the opening of the Peace Sanctuary.  We are happy that one of them found their way to the United Nations.

Infinite Gratitude to Nature
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Fumi

Dalai Lama 83rd Birthday Birthday Celebration – NYC – USA

July 6th, 2018

6 July 2018

Celebration of the 83rd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama For World Peace Through Compassion
Gaia Holistic Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide, The Tibet Fund

Another celebration of H.H. The Dalai Lama at the Marriott Essex House of New York City brought together spiritual leaders and students of philosophy, familiar colleagues and new friends, representatives of peace organizations, and students and civil society for a night of prayer, music and dance, and food. Six religions were represented – First Nations by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Buddhist by Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki, Christian by Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Jewish by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Islam by Sahar Alsahlani, and Hindu by Ravi Vaidyanaat Šicachaãriar.

Awards were granted within the theme of “World Peace Through Compassion” to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, and the Humanitarian Award to Rita Cosby. Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society, who led the annual Flag Ceremony for World Peace, concluded the event with prayers to every nation of the planet and their peoples.

 

 

 

Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania-USA

June 24th, 2018

 

The four languages used are English, German (representing our cultural heritage), Hausa (recognizing the large Brethren community in Northern Nigeria) and Spanish (recognizing Spanish speaking congregations particularly in Puerto Rico).

Here is a picture of the dedication service for the Peace Pole at the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. The dedication service was held on June 24, 2018.

-Gene Wampler

 

World Peace and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival 2018

June 17th, 2018
The Clearwater Festival is a music and environmental festival that is America’s oldest and largest festival of its kind. It is held annually at Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson River. The Festival features music and storytelling all run on seven sustainable bio-diesel powered stages for the 15,000 attendees. The Festival was founded in 1966 by American Peace Activist, singer songwriter and musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi who was a film maker and environmental activist. Pete, who passed away in 2014, was a dear friend of May Peace Prevail on Earth and was often seen with a Peace Pole while educating people on the costs of war.

Jim Dugan with American Sign Language Interpreter explaining the World Peace Flag Ceremony to the gathering crowd.

Jim Dugan, from the New York World Peace Sanctuary, has gone to the Festival for many years setting up a booth in the “Activist Area” to share our work and has been leading a World Peace Flag Ceremony each day of the Festival. This year we were thankful for the help of World Peace volunteers Carol Winters, Jackie Eaton, Sally and Andrew Damon, Haley Woodard, David Brann and Cynthia Sibusisiwe Shumba UN staff member from Zimbabwe, along with Festival provided American Sign Language Interpreters who completely signed each of the Flag Ceremonies.

Festival attendees picking out the flag they want to carry during the Ceremony.

May Peace Prevail on Earth International is proud to have been a part of this amazing festival for many years now and we look forward to many more years of involvement. Please look online for more information about the Clearwater Festival or on Pete and Toshi Seeger.

— Photo Credits: Haley Woodard and Andrew Damon

Fargo Forest Garden Peace Pole, Oregon, USA

May 11th, 2018

A Peace Pole dedication ceremony took place on May 11, 2018.

On the 10th anniversary of Fargo Forest Garden’s depaving from a parking lot to an urban food forest.

The location is 3122 N Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Portland City’s Bureau of Environmental Sustainability sponsored the work party and celebration. It was attended by Depave.org dignitaries past and present, Urban Farm Collective et al.

Submitted by: Angela Goldsmith

Here is a link to Depave’s first public depaving of Fargo Forest Garden:

Streetfilms | Depaving Day!

 

Peace Pole Registration- Friends School Mullica Hill, New Jersey-USA

May 1st, 2018

As the new owner of a Peace Pole from The Peace Pole Project, I wanted to share information with you about the ceremony surrounding our new Peace Pole.

Head of School, Matthew H Bradley, pointing out the languages on the Peace Pole

Name of Peace Pole Owner- Friends School Mullica Hill
Contact Person- Judith Corona-Karpowicz, Director of Admissions & Advancement.  Email: jcorona@friendsmh.org

Date of Peace Pole Planting: May 1, 2018

Location of Peace Pole- 15 High Street Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.  Outside, in rear  of Hanshi Deshbandhu building.

This is our entire school gathered around our Peace Pole

Peace Pole dedication ceremony was part of an entire morning dedicated to our study of trees for the 2017-18 school year.

We learned about the Peace Pole Project through a Google search.

 

 

March For Our Lives- Washington, D.C.-USA

March 24th, 2018

March 24, 2018

On the Saturday, March, 2018 a remarkable thing happened in the United States.

The March For Our Lives was held to call attention to the need for tighter gun legislation across the United States!

It was estimated that 800,000 people filled Pennsylvania Avenue and all the side streets.

Five weeks earlier, a former student from a Florida high school took the lives of 17 individuals with a firearm.

From the main stage (with the U.S. Capitol Building as a backdrop) students from across America spoke about their personal experiences with gun violence.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led the way for the March For Our Lives to take place in Washington,  D.C., with over eight-hundred sibling events around USA and across the globe.

Turnout across USA was estimated between 1.2 million and 2 million people, making it one of the biggest protests in American history!

Of course the message May Peace Prevail on Earth was there.

Jim Dugan
WPPS

St. John of God Parish Announcement-Peace Pole Dedication-San Francisco, California-USA

March 14th, 2018

I have attached three photographs that were taken the day of our Peace Pole Dedication at St. John of God Parish in San Francisco.

The languages on the Peace Pole are:  English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Swahili.

Our pastor is Fr. Narcis Kabipi from Tanzania, and he was joined during the ceremony by Interfaith Minister, Andrea Goodman.

Peace to all,
Ray Signer

Journey to Peace – Palatine, Illinois-USA

March 12th, 2018

World Peace Begins Within Ourselves
by Sandy Leitner

About eight years ago, I experienced a great deal of loss in a short span of time and my life changed dramatically.  I was feeling lost and anything but peaceful from within.

But it seemed that the Universe was eager to assist me in finding answers. Through a series of coincidences, I enrolled in the School of Metaphysics and quickly began to learn about what it means to be peaceful from within.

Sandy (left) and Aneta Baranek

As my studies progressed, I had the honor and privilege of becoming the Peace Ambassador for my School branch.   Our branch was sorely in need of a new Peace Pole (our organization had collaborated with the World Peace Prayer Society to plant Peace Poles at each of our School branches throughout the United States).

As the Peace Ambassador, it was my responsibility to lead the creation of this new Peace Pole and to engage other students enrolled in the School with this process.  I was determined to make it fun and a great shared experience from which we could all grow and learn.

With the help of the Director at the School, I picked out the wood that we were going to use for the new Peace Pole.  As for our languages, we chose English, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese, simply because of the sheer number of people on the planet that speak them or because we felt that peace was very much needed in the region of the world.

One of the students created stencils so that we could write “May Peace Prevail On Earth” on each of the four sides of the Peace Pole. We purchased a wood burning utensil and, over the next several weeks, the students at our branch were invited to contribute to the creation of the Peace Pole.

As students were engraving the individual letters into the Peace Pole, they were guided to think about what peace means to them, what they can personally do to cultivate peace within themselves in their own lives, and to infuse the Peace Pole with these thoughts.

Aneta Baranek

We also had a book where all who participated could record their peace thoughts.  This added to each student’s mindfulness and connection to the purpose of creating the Peace Pole.

Once all the letters were engraved, it was time to finish with a wood stain and to install a solar cap that would illuminate the Peace Pole at night.   It was now ready to be planted on the lawn in front of the School to be a beacon for peace in our neighborhood!  We held a dedication ceremony to honor the planting of the Peace Pole.

The mindful collaborative effort of all the students was gratifying for each of them, knowing that they were a part of a community that stands for peace.  Each student contributed to creating the Peace Pole and in doing so realized how they could personally bring more peace into their own lives by cultivating an ongoing awareness about what peace means to them and what they need to do daily to bring that about.

Brian Kraichely planting the Peace Pole while his wife, Golbahar Dadyan-Kraichely, and Sandy watch from the stairs.

I personally found the process of completing the Peace Pole extremely gratifying and peace-producing for a multitude of reasons.

First, having all the students involved was a remarkable accomplishment during which I observed how they each evolved as part of the process.

More specifically for me, I feel that I grew exponentially and view myself as a leader now.  I learned the value of asking others for help when needed!  The old pattern of allowing projects to mount up and drain my energy became a thing of the past, which is invaluable to me, adding to my inner-peace and decrease of stress.  I now know myself as someone who completes things no matter how daunting a task may feel!

The Peace Covenant, is a document that was created in a collaborative effort by a group of Doctors and teachers at the School of Metaphysics.

One of the messages within the Covenant that I love most is:
“Peace is first a state of mind. Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.”

I truly believe that every individual that cultivates a practice for producing peace within themselves daily contributes to the world of like-minded peaceful people and the ripple effects of that could eventually lead to world peace!  It starts with the individual, and radiates out from there, to family, workplace, community and so on.

Let’s all do our part to bring peace to ourselves and others every day and watch our world change for the better.  Begin now and learn first-hand that living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.

May peace be with us all ways.  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

 

Sandy Leitner is a Licensed Massage Therapist and resides in Palatine, IL.
She is currently a student, a teacher, and has directed the School of Metaphysics branch in Palatiine.
Sandy is a nature and animal enthusiast and loves biking, hiking and kayaking.

 

Munich Peace Conference – Munich – Germany

February 16th, 2018
At the Munich Peace Conference
Old Munich Town Hall
February 16, 2018
The Munich Peace Conference is held annually bringing activists together to form alliances and discuss peace building.
WPPS Munich office headed by Dagmar Berkenberg hosted a booth with printed literature introducing the work of WPPS as well as desktop peace poles and various other giveaway items.
Banners with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, translated into multiple languages were also displayed prominently at the Old Munich Town Hall where the Conference took place.
Among the attendants was ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.  ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) won the 2017 Nobel Peace prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition.”  
 
Dagmar presents a Peace Pole to ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.
May peace be in Munich
May peace be in Germany