Al’s Garden Center- Sherwood/Rotary Club of Sherwood, Oregon-USA

October 10th, 2017

Here is the registration information for the Al’s Garden Center Peace Pole and a couple pictures taken the day of the event. We placed some Rotary Peace Pebbles at the Peace Pole.

​Date of the Peace Pole Planting: 9/19/17
Address of the Peace Pole: 16920 SW Roy Rogers Rd, Sherwood, OR 97140
Did we have a Dedication ceremony?  yes
How did we learn of the Peace Pole Project? Sherwood Rotary Club

Attached are pictures of the Peace Pole and dedication.

Sincerely,
Wendy Wells

International Day of Peace observance at the URI Global Staff and Council meeting in Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

October 9th, 2017

On September 15th, 2017, the United Religions Initiative (URI) observed the International Day of Peace with a World Peace Flag Ceremony at our Global Council and Staff meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The event opened with Amb. Mussie Hailu introducing the International Day of Peace video message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres.  URI founder,The Right Reverend William Swing, read The Nuclear Prayer that he originally wrote for our Voices for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle. (The prayer can be found at www.nuclearprayer.org.)

URI UN Team:Victor Kazanjian, Monica Willard, Maria Crespo, and Mussie Hailu

The flags were presented by 80 people from 40 different countries and displayed around a Peace Pole to create a sacred place in the center of our meeting space.   “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was sung together to open, close and to take time to pray together during the ceremony. URI has cooperation Circles in 102 countries, so The World Peace Flag Ceremony connected our meeting to our members and to the UN observance that was also held on September 15th.

URI Trustee Chief Phil Lane used the sacred space as the center to bless the 20 young participants and future generations

 

The Flags after the ceremony at the Peace Pole with Ribbons panels that were held during The Nuclear Prayer

May Peace Prevail on Earth,
Monica

Monica Willard
United Religions Initiative (URI),
United Nations Representative

South Sudan Plants First Peace Pole!

October 9th, 2017
On the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2017, the Republic of South Sudan planted her first official Peace Pole in the City Council of Juba.  WPPS Peace Representative Mussie Hailu of Ethiopia organized the dedication in the capital city marking the planting of the first Peace Pole in the Republic of South Sudan.
The official ceremony was presided over by the Mayor of Juba City Council Hon. Stephen Wan Michael, religious leaders and other officials and representatives of the communities.

Mussie Hailu, standing to the right of Peace Pole, with South Sudanese officials.

 
Early in the year, Mussie who is also Regional Director of the United Religions Initiative in Africa (URI-Africa) signed an agreement with WPPS to work in partnership to promote a culture of peace in Africa through the universal peace prayer  May Peace Prevail on Earth.
 
The Mayor appreciated the effort of URI-Africa & WPPS in promoting peaceful co-existence and he said that peace initiative of the two organizations is very much needed more than ever in South Sudan. The Mayor also expressed his gratitude to URI-Africa and WPPS for dedicating and planting the first peace pole in the republic of South Sudan.
 
On the same occasion, URI – Africa facilitated the City of Juba to become a member organization of Mayors for Peace International based in Hiroshima and also fostered a working partnership between the City of Juba and the UN-Habitat/UNEP Regional Office for Africa. 
 
May Peace be in South Sudan
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Together for Peace: International Day of Peace Program at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations – USA

October 4th, 2017

 

Friday, September 15, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, under the loving stewardship of Rev. Dionne Boissiere for the United Methodist Women, once again hosted a day honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace. Multiple events with a sacred slant took place on Friday, September 15th, beginning with the U.N. webcast of the Secretary-General ringing the Peace Bell at 9:30 a.m.

The World Peace Prayer Society partnered this year with Children of the Earth, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and UNITE, organizations that arranged for a busload of 48 refugee students to attend the United Nations International Day of Peace student observance. Many of these young people from various countries were working for peace in different ways, so we offered to create a program together that would showcase the youth projects and then let the youth lead a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

The program, called “Together for Peace,” was directed by Heidi Tappan. It began with a warm greeting from Rev. Dionne, acknowledging all the programs that day celebrating the International Day of Peace at Tillman Chapel. Diverse students from the UNITE program introduced their impressive projects for human rights, environmental sustainability, youth art, and combatting discrimination, all illustrated by PowerPoint slides.  The student presentations were as follows:

  • Pabitra Bhattarai with her experience with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program as a refugee;
  • Aden Haji with his program Building Blocks to Success at the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington.
  • Sam Cowles with his version of the Climate Reality’s 100% committed campaign and I AM PRO SNOW to combat climate change in the ski communities of Vermont;
  • Olivia LaPierre and her role as an ambassador for Be Zero, a zero-waste organization and role as the chair of the Hartford Committee on Racial Inequity to address racism in environmental activism;
  • Victoria Los talking about their group, UNITE;
  • Audrey Grant and Zymora Davinchi with their photography project, POC: Power of Color, where they share the stories and beauty of people of color in Vermont.

Those in the audience asked questions and expressed their admiration and encouragement.

 

The refugee group then presented a dynamic video called “The Change,” made by students, that invited us all to share in Peace, Connection, and Love.

Refugee students from different countries rose to say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in their native languages.

It was then time for the World Peace Flag Ceremony, which the young people introduced and implemented. Brandon Perdomo, WPPS UN Youth Representative, provided flute accompaniment, while UN Rep Deborah Moldow helped with the country names. The flags were handed to the students with care by Akiko Imaizumi and Reiko Kamozawa. Everyone present prayed for every country in the United Nations, and Deborah was introduced thank everyone and to close the ceremony by presenting the flag of the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group organizer, Laurie Stavrand of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, said, “Thank you so much for all of your help in putting together this event and for all of the work you have done. Our students had a wonderful time and we look forward to working with you again.” Next year, we hope to put this group together with another student group for a lively exchange of peace projects and another beautiful World Peace Flag Ceremony.

The International Day of Peace Observed at the United Nations, New York – USA

October 4th, 2017

15 September 2017
Report by Rev. Deborah Moldow, Representative to the U.N.

The World Peace Prayer Society celebrated its 20th anniversary of assisting the United Nations Department of Public Information in planning and implementing the U.N. observances of the International Day of Peace.

THE PEACE BELL CEREMONY

Once again, students raised the flags of the U.N. Member States as the Secretary-General, António Guterres, rang the Peace Bell in the Japanese Garden in front of U.N. headquarters in New York. The presence of these young people was acknowledged by the incoming President of the General Assembly, H.E. Miroslav Lajčák, who said:

“As the United Nations works for peace, we will need to collaborate closely with young people. I am happy to see the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth with us today. And I am especially encouraged to see 194 students here – holding the flags of the United Nations and all its Member States. We will work together – across generations, across nationalities, across cultures – to attain our most precious goal – peace for our planet and all of its people.” (See video here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/miroslav-lajčák-general-assembly-president-at-united-nations-peace-bell-ceremony-for-the-international-day-of-peace-2017/5577070626001/?term=)

THE STUDENT OBSERVANCE

Video link: http://webtv.un.org/search/international-day-of-peace-2017-student-observance/5577070642001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Meetings%2FEvents

The annual student observance of the International Day of Peace, with the theme of “TOGETHER FOR PEACE: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,” was opened by Ms. Alison Smale, the newly-appointed Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations Department of Public Information, who greeted the 700 high school and college students gathered in Conference Room 4, along with those watching live at the U.N., at the Peacekeeping Mission in Bogota, Colombia and those watching the U.N. webcast around the world.

She introduced Secretary-General Guterres, who delivered a warm greeting to the students. He said, “One thing is clear: the International Day of Peace is of special significance.” He called on the young people to do a better job with peace than his generation and spoke about his ten years serving as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Guterres enjoyed a lively round of Q&A with the students, asking for their comments and suggestions as well as their questions and replying to them as adults.

Ms. Smale then gave the floor Mr. Maher Nasser, who mentioned that the theme was close to his heart since he was a child of refugees whose parents were forced to flee their homes in 1948. He introduced Peace Messenger Dr. Jane Goodall, who spoke movingly to the students about how everyone can create peace in their lives. She told about refugees in the African countries where the young people were involved in her Roots and Shoots program and how every religion respects the Golden Rule. She said we need to stop the war we are waging on the natural world. She ended on a note of hope in the young people, especially when they are empowered to take action.

Next to speak was Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. She and Dr. Goodall also engaged with the students.

Two animated films about refugees were shown. Youth Moderator Ms. Malala Waseme introduced the remainder of the program, including the peace projects presented by the young people via satellite at the Peacekeeping Mission in Bogota, followed by music provided by the talented sisters Omnia and Leila Hegazy, to the appreciation of the crowd. Then the students in the conference room whose projects had been selected for presentation. A wide range of inspiring projects were presented from the Mater Dei Prep emerging global leaders program’s Global Education Tool Kit to Breaking Walls arts for peace to the making and sharing Peace Cranes.

At the side of the dais, just beneath one of two giant screens, sat a six-sided Peace Pole and the WPPS peace bell. Just before 12 noon, two young refugee students now living in Vermont came to the front of the room to announce the Minute of Silence and the ringing of the peace bell. Malala Waseme explained that the Minute of Silence on the International Day of Peace would offer the opportunity of a 24-hour peace wave as a shared and practical act of peacebuilding (at 2:17:25 on the video). A young refugee girl from Iraq, Ms. Saja Amongali spoke about the WPPS peace bell being made from recycled weapons of war to introduce the Minute of Silence. The gong was sounded and everyone rose in silence. The message inscribed on the peace bell flashed on the double screens for all to see (at 2:17:12): May Peace Prevail on Earth!

At the close of the conference (2:24:28), Malala thanked the guest speakers, the Department of Public Information, the World Peace Prayer Society, United Religions Initiative, Pathways To Peace, Peace Day Philly, Roots and Shoots, and others. We are grateful for this long-standing partnership in mutual respect and cooperation.

The World Peace Prayer Society U.N. Representation Team:
Lisa Parker, Brandon Perdomo and Deborah Moldow

 

 

A Journey of Peace Pole Sightings – Upstate New York – USA

October 4th, 2017

Traveling to Chautauqua County, New York for the first time since I graduated college brought about a humbling sense of comfort. I mentioned my work these last couple years as Youth Rep to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society to my friend Jonathan Woolson as we caught up on recent stories – during my freshman year at SUNY Fredonia, we organized peace pole re-dedication ceremony with the university president, musicians, dancers and artists. He was excited to hear of my experiences.

SUNY Fredonia

We then decided to find each peace pole in town, and made strides to do so before the sun left us for the evening. We began in Dunkirk NY, where the first pole was adjacent to the Dunkirk High School.

Adjacent to the Dunkirk High School

We then made our way towards Central Avenue, where we found a modest garden peace pole in a dedicated mound of mulch alongside the sidewalk. Within minutes, we then made our way to the Titus family’s home on Maple Rd., where we were greeted with freshly picked apples. Jon and Priscilla Titus are educators and botanists who I would see at local art events. It came to be that they would join my yoga sessions when I was teaching at the local fitness center, at the same time I was taking Jon’s course in nature biology, which was completely coincidental.

Central Ave

Maple Road

Our final stretch-goal was to make it to the Greystone Nature preserve, which is maintained in part by Diane Clark, former mayor of the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. We managed to reach the park just before sundown as we were greeted by a crew of baby turkeys. From the five that we had found together, I thought I would end my trip to western-NY by visiting a pole on the property of a home across from Bidwell Park in Buffalo, NY, which I was told was the home of local native Ani Difranco. Each chance I have to retrace my steps to recognize where I’ve been, I find the greater synchronicity of shared moments with friends who have helped to bring me to understanding my identity in life – I am thrilled, and grateful.

Greystone Nature Preserve

Across Bidwell Park

Brandon Perdomo
Youth Representative to the United Nations of The World Peace Prayer Society

 

Peace Pole Rededication at Chapel at Croton Falls, New York – USA

October 3rd, 2017

Interfaith Sunday Celebrates International Day of Peace

What an amazing guest graced our Interfaith Sunday on September 17, 2017 celebrating the U.N. International Day of Peace at the Chapel at Croton Falls in Westchester, NY! Kulavadhuta Satpurananda, a delightful master from India of many traditions, shared his wisdom and a meditation and even joined our Peace Pole rededication. We also heard from Muslim Sunera Rahman about the plight of the Rohingya entering her native land of Bangladesh; from Pastor Hans Hallundbaek about the “peace telegraph”; and kirtan music performed by Miriam ‘Sita’ Zernis. It was a joy to celebrate the International Day of Peace with this truly interfaith program.

 

 

 

The Peace Day event, organized by Rev. Deborah Moldow, includes an annual rededication of the Chapel’s Peace Pole, which was planted at the time of Dr. Hallundbaek’s first sermon welcoming the head of the Hudson River Presbytery in 2006, at the suggestion of a mutual friend of Hans and Deborah, Danny Martin. The prayer for peace has become an integrated part of the church’s worship since that time.

Dr. Hallundbaek says:

The planting of a Peace Pole was a natural manifestation of love for life, planet, community, and the recognition of our profound need for Peace in the world. It was also a recognition that the church needed to take a stance.

 “This planting and the subsequent rededications each year, as well as the annual Symphony of Peace Prayer services, are no doubt the single most significant and enduring contributions we, have made to the Croton Falls Chapel and the community.”    

This year once again, people of different faiths gathered around the Peace Pole bearing flags of many nations to affirm the Peace Pole’s universal message: May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole installation in Cancun, MEXICO

September 27th, 2017

 

Recently my friend from Mexico set-up a Peace Pole in Cancun.

May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Fujio Hirano

Peace Pole, Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch-Eastonton, Georgia-USA

September 26th, 2017

Here is  our Peace Pole constructed by middle school students.

It is at our butterfly habitat, a certified Monarch Way Station.

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
419 Oak Street
Eatonton, GA 31024

Peace,
Susan Larson

Peace Pole at Chapel Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, State of New Mexico-USA

September 26th, 2017

Blessing of the Peace Pole at the Chapel of Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

The Retreat Center will be having their Annual Franciscan Festival on September 2,3, 2017 and the Peace Pole will be seen by thousands.

Paz y Bien,
Maria Alvarado