The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association plants Peace Pole in honor of IDP in Crestone, CO USA

September 24th, 2018

Jack planting the Peace Pole as the sun shines down on IDP celebration

Jack Salamone, member of the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, spearheaded the planning and planting of a Peace Pole at what is to be the sight for the Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage in Crestone, Colorado.

Jack states “Our group is called the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, We practice in the Great Middle Way tradition of the Jonang Lineage.”

 

from left to right… Colleen, Francis, Wendy, Leticia, Laura, Julie, Paul, Tashi, Kristine (my wife), Jack, Sri, Prema and Dan.

Currently Jack shares he is “helping to raise money to build the The Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage. This will be a vegan, low cost and multi-sectarian Buddhist center intended to provide a place to practice contemplation and solitude away from large urban centers in a quiet natural setting.”

You can find more about the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association at https://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/

Mr Salamone and his associates expressed gratitude in being able to work with the World Peace Prayer Society, as he believes,

“We hold the same views regarding the supremacy of peace and non-violence as a non-sectarian approach to living”.

The “mani” stones placed around the base of the pole are inscribed with the
mantra “om mani peme hum” which represents the union of wisdom and compassion.

Peace Pole Planted in Warwick’s Peace Garden,Queensland, Australia

September 22nd, 2018

On Saturday morning 22 September 2018 people gathered at the Peace Garden in Warwick Queensland, Australia to celebrate the dedication of a Peace Pole

The Baha’i Community of the Southern Downs Region wanted to leave a lasting memento to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Peace Pole was chosen through The World Peace Prayer Society. “When we started looking in to the Peace Pole Project we found the principles of the Project resonated with the Baha’i teachings of world peace and that the earth has one humanity, one human family.”

The Baha’i Community worked with Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden and the local Southern Downs Regional Council to help see their vision come to light. 

F Lenore Neville, Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden, James Lister MP, Mayor Tracy Dobie, Graeme Eldridge, Baha’i community.

 

“Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.” per www.bahai.org

The day also celebrated the UN International Day of Peace which was on the 21stSeptember.

Local dignitaries Mr James Lister MP, Member for Southern Downs attended and spoke about peace being more than an end to conflict and the Mayor of Southern Downs Region, Tracy Dobie also spoke, dedicated and unveiled the Peace Pole.

Graeme Eldridge on behalf of the Baha’i community dedicated the Peace Pole with the words of Baha’u’llah inscribed on the pole “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”.

 

 

Friends at the Peace Pole dedication, including James Lister MP and Mayor Tracy DobieThe feature of the dedication was the saying of the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” by people in eight different languages, – English, Hindi, Spanish, Dutch, Pidgin English (PNG), German, Tagalog (Filipino) and Farsi, highlighting the bringing together of people from different countries.

Afterwards all enjoyed refreshments, and people lingered, discussing the Peace Pole and ongoing plans for the Peace Garden.

News and Photographs credited to Graeme Eldridge

Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Southern Downs Region

 

 

 

 

 

IDP Peace Pole Planting Undrumsdal/Tønsberg/ Norway

September 22nd, 2018

 

Peace Pole in honor of International Day of Peace is celebrated

Mr Ole Vestergaard in Undurmsdal, 120 km south of Oslo, on September 22nd in Undrumsdal/Tønsberg/ Norway a little Ceremony was held for International Day of Peace.

A Peace Pole was planted with the languages of 8 native cultures represented. The Peace Pole represented; Norwegian, German, Russian,

French, Arabic, Armenian, South Samish (Samish is the language of the Norwegian natives) and English note of May Peace Be in our Hearts.

Jim Dugan, of WPPS, gives speech to Connecticut Valley Hospital on The International Day of Peace. Middletown, CT

September 21st, 2018

Jim Dugan of WPPS, Photo Credit to Jackie Eaton

On September 19th, 2018 Jim Dugan from The World Peace Sanctuary in New York was again the Keynote Speaker during the International Day of Peace (IDP) events at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). CVH opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. For the past eight years the Hospital puts on two events to celebrate the International Day of Peace, one in their beautiful multi-religious Chapel and one in the Whiting Forensic Hospital for individuals with mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. Mr. Dugan’s twenty-minute Keynote Address was focused on this year’s IDP theme chosen by the United Nations – “The Right to Peace, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Mr. Dugan was joined at the podiums by prominent religious leaders from around the State of Connecticut, staff from the Hospital’s Multi-Cultural Department and the Hospitals CEO Helene Vartelas. Mr. Dugan was very warmly received by patients and Hospital staff alike. The World Peace Prayer Society deeply thanks CVH for its Mission: “To promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment.” May Peace Prevail on Earth, May Peace Prevail at Connecticut Valley Hospital

Peace Rep Mojima Etokudo Celebrates IDP, Obong Ntak, Etim Ekpo, Nigeria

September 21st, 2018

The Right to Peace, Nigeria’s celebration of the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2018

Peace Representative Mojima Etokudo of Nigeria worked with the World Peace Prayer Society in organizing this year’s International Day of Peace celebration.

Mojima writes:

The annual World Peace Day was held on September 21 at Obong Christian High School, Obong Ntak, Nigeria with the theme “The Right To Peace”

A keynote address was delivered by the Nigerian Peace Representative Mr Mojima Etokudo while Mr Joseph Boaz delivered a lecture on the theme of the years event.

Peace Representative Mojima Etokudo delivering a keynote address

The event took place at Obong Christian High School in the presence of prominent government leaders, community representatives, teachers and local citizens. 

The Principal of Obong Christian High School Mr Esang Akpanudo in his welcome address thank the United Nations and the WPPS team for considering his school a hosting right.

Ambassador Effiong Udoekong read the UN Secretary General Mr Antonio Guterres Address while Mrs Chioma Akpanudo read the WPPS Executive Director Fumi Johns Stewart address.

The Right to Peace proudly displayed at this years IDP celebration on 9/21/18

Peace Rep Mojima Etokudo (third from left) with honored guests

Mojima states, “Let’s pray for peace in war torn areas. Say NO to war and inequality. But YES to Peace.  May Peace be in our Homes and Communities. May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

A World Peace Prayer Ceremony was the highlight of the event were the Obong Christian High School students raised the Flags of the 192 UN member countries as was directed by the Nigerian Peace Representative and prayers was offered by all for each of the country and the universal prayer for peace “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was recited by all.

Obong Christian High School students raised the Flags of the 192 UN member countries

A Peace song I composed entitled “O God of Love, Oct King of Peace” was sung by all.

A token of Exercise Book, Pen, and Pencil was donated to the students.

The event was attended by Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, Members from the academia, Political class, Students and members of the press.

 

Children preparing for the World Peace Prayer Ceremony

Students of Obong Christian High School participated in the Peace Day event

Mojima reported “It was great to serve, working with students who are the future leaders of our world.”

 

May Peace Prevail in Nigeria, May Peace Prevail on Earth.

  News of the event and pictures provided by

 Mojima Etokudo,

Nigeria Peace Representative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Jose City College’s annual Peace Pole Planting for International Day of Peace, San Jose, CA, USA

September 21st, 2018

San Jose City College has an annual fall semester tradition of Celebrating the International Day of Peace. They do so by planting a Peace Pole coupled with an exuberant celebration filled with dancing and singing in honor of the Day. This Year will mark the 7th Peace Pole planted along the Arch Walk on campus.

Through San Jose City College a Path of Peace Poles lines the “Arch Walk”.

 

Behind this wonderful tradition of kindness and acceptance is Jason Adkins. He has been organizing this event for the College and shows his commitment to equality and Peace through his enthusiasm and dedication for the cause. This year with all that occurred with immigrant refugee families, met by laws that separated and left many without the hope of a new life they were desperately seeking. Jason decided he would dedicate this year’s Peace Pole to these Families. An extremely significant gesture in a time when tolerance and acceptance is more important than ever.

Though teaching tolerance and equality has been a long standing tradition on San Jose’s City Campus, this article from February 2017.

“New Data Shows the Positive Economic Impact of Immigrant Population in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, CA — New research on the contributions of immigrants in Silicon Valley highlights both their importance to local economies and the critical need for effective immigration reform.

Spearheaded by New American Economy (NAE) and City of San José, Map the Impact is a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country.  With 51 events in 37 states, this effort arms business, civic, and cultural leaders with new data on immigrant populations in all 435 congressional districts and 50 metro areas.”- www.sjcc.edu

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Check out this year’s International Day of Peace Celebration from San Jose’s City College Campus. https://www.facebook.com/SJCityCollege/videos/502062680257345/?t=0

 

 

Flag Ceremonies,Talks of Peace and WPPS, Palestine-Israel

September 18th, 2018

In the week of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement (forgiveness and repentance), eight women representing the WPPS, from Japan, France and the UK, visited Palestine-Israel to offer encouragement to those working for peace.

This land, essential to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has suffered millennia of conflict

“It was a good learning environment, the kids looked happy, and, for me, it was a chance to be with beautiful Arab women, powerful women.”

Despite underlying tensions, people continue with their lives. They may be manipulated to fear the ‘other’, but, as we discovered, community-by-community, ordinary people are doing their bit to promote peaceful relations.

At the Tur’an Elementary School, the teachers are integrating education with the local community. Not only are they celebrating their Arab cultural roots, but, through an art project, are collaborating with the nearby Jewish and Christian schools. Striving for coexistence, multicultural discourse and universal values.

“All the children ran to be in the photograph with the Palestinian and Israeli flags – peace in their land is really important to them.”

The children joined in our Flag Ceremony. Each took a flag and, continent-by-continent, they came to the centre of the circle and we appealed for peace in each country of the world, ending with the Middle East

The Ein Shemer Kibbutz, two hours north of Tel Avi

At The Ein Shemer Kibbutz, two hours north of Tel Aviv, we met “Seeds of Peace”, motivated and influential Israelis working for conflict resolution, not just in Israel-Palestine, but also around the world.

“We had a one-hour Soul of WoMen (SoWM) workshop. We talked about the Fuji Declaration and the need for balance in our societies, that we don’t know what the outcomes should be, but SoWM offers a ‘think tank’, and we’re developing ‘tools’ for people to use everyday.”

How were these Israelis inspired by Soul of WoMen? Some of their thoughts were: Mother Earth. Giving hands. Soul. Harmony. Accept each other. Love. Hope. Communities. Smile. Acknowledge the other. Empathy. Peace.

“We had a one-hour Soul of WoMen (SoWM) workshop. We talked about the Fuji Declaration and the need for balance in our societies, that we don’t know what the outcomes should be, but SoWM offers a ‘think tank’, and we’re developing ‘tools’ for people to use everyday.”

How were these Israelis inspired by Soul of WoMen? Some of their thoughts were: Mother Earth. Giving hands. Soul. Harmony. Accept each other. Love. Hope. Communities. Smile. Acknowledge the other. Empathy. Peace.

“Together we planted a Peace Pole, and, in support of the peace march: “Women Wage Peace”, happening in Israel whilst we were there, we sang “We Shall Overcome” at the end.”

Peace Pole planting at Ein Shemer Kibbutz with Seeds of Peace

Our last visit was to Kafr Qasem, a village that suffered a huge massacre of women and children, in 1056. We held a Symphony of Peace Prayers with Sheikh Raed Badir, representing the Islamic community and Eran Dubovi representing Jewish communities sharing prayers from each religious community.

Flag Ceremony at Kafr Qasim

At the following Flag Ceremony, Eran Dubovi held the Palestinian flag and Sheikh Raed badir held the Israeli flag.

The Kafr Qasim Massacre occurred on October 29, 1956. The tensions between Israel and Palestine are still apparent, the significance of this Flag Ceremony with shown flags held together gives hope for the future.

“Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary progress towards permanent peace.”

 

News, Events and Photos Credited to Liz Maclay

Allanton Peace Sanctuary

Dumfries, Scotland.

The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated their 17th anniversary, at Central Park NYC

September 16th, 2018

THE VIGIL for PEACE & ECOLOGY

Sunday, 16th of September 2018

NYC Central Park, Bandshell

On the 16th. of September 2018, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm,The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated the 17th annual anniversary since its inception at the 9/11 site in 2001.

 

We wish to thank everybody from the fullness of our hearts to all our friends and colleagues, and all those who are committed to World Peace.

 

We were so proud to display and wave once again the wonderful International Flags from the World Peace Prayer Society which hold a special meaning to me, since we celebrated the first time together in 1996 at the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

 

Rev. Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard were the first ones to join me and our friends with James Cannings in Central Park on the day of our initial launch on the 21stof September 2002.

 

MISSION: The Vigil for International Peace is a transformational, grassroots effort dedicated to promulgate peace through participation in art, song, dance, music, prayer and ceremony. The purpose of this Vigil is to awaken humanity to harmony and peace through the power of intent and celebration. Our vision is to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve divinity alignment and recognize the oneness in all

 

UN Resolution 55/282: “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. This Resolution was based on Res.36/67 of 1981

 

Once again we all wish to thank our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

In this period of global uncertainty, we thank you for participating in this vision to bring lasting peace to all the peoples of the world.

 

Greetings and Blessings

Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Founder/ Coordinator

At Presbyterian Church of the Master, Owner and Pastor Robert Keefer teaches the value of Patience as well the Message of Peace. Omaha, NE, USA

September 16th, 2018

The Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha, Nebraska has been helping to spread the message of Peace for over 20 years. With their first Peace Pole Planting on October 5, 1997, World Communion Sunday. The congregation celebrated by burying a time capsule and singing “Let there be Peace on Earth”.

Groundbreaking on new renovations. From L to R: Pastor Robert Keefer, Architect, Construction Manager, Youth from Congregation of Church of the Master, Omaha, NE

When it came time to renew their Symbol of Peace, The original Peace Pole needed to be removed during the ground breaking of renovations. This planned perfectly to be again on World Peace Sunday, October 2,2016.  In the Presbyterian Church, per www.presbyterianmission.org,”The first Sunday of October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ and all our Brothers and Sisters around the World”. A very powerful message to portray as they design and prepare their new Peace Pole for planting. This would be two years until they were ready to place.  Waiting on a significant day and for the Church renovations to be nearly complete,  the perfect spot on their new patio was chosen, “so all languages are visible”, Per Robert Keefer. A lesson in patience as well as Peace portrayed through his meticulous planning.

Newly Place Peace Pole on Patio for all to see languages of English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic.

Though this time the Planting was part of their “Back to Church Sunday” the message was the same and parishioners celebrated just as they had 21 years prior, with a chorus of “Let their be Peace on Earth”.

Beautiful grounds of Presbyterian Church of the Master.

The message that we are one is extremely valuable not only when we celebrate special occasions, such as this, but in our every day lives. The Presbyterian Church of the Master is extremely fortunate to have Pastor Bob and his teachings of Love and Acceptance.

Powerful message in planting of Peace Pole on Kinmen Island, ROC

August 30th, 2018

There is a new addition to the Island of Kinmen, a small island off the coast of Taiwan. It is a Peace Pole which can be seen by the Island of Xiamen, PRC. A Peace Pole is symbolic in any geographical location, but has significant meaning amongst these post civil war torn Islands.

 

Kuniko, the planter of Peace Pole, and friends with Peace Pole on Kinmen Island

 

The Islands of Kinmen and Xiamen are making strides to come together to live harmoniously in Peace with one another.

On the Island of Kinmen which was heavily barricaded in 1949 against the incoming invasions.” There was a fierce battle caused by the gunfire of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China to Kimmonjim to invade the island” per Kuniko the planter of the Peace Pole.

Remnants of that battle can still be seen on Kinmen. Barricaded beaches and ports as well as structures strong enough to withstand the battle that lay ahead for those on the Island. Kuniko discusses “The building of that era which still remains now, after 50,000 shots a day, the shell is still alive.”

The significance is great and the message extremely powerful. May Peace Prevail between these Isles,  may both countries harmonize with each other.

Thank you to Kuniko for sharing this event and helping to spread the message of Peace.