Wooden hand carved Peace Pole –Stuttgart, GERMANY

August 14th, 2017

This Peace Pole was planted on May 21st, 2017 –
on the outskirt of Stuttgart, Germany.

 

Rotarians Plant Peace Pole in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – 2017

August 2nd, 2017

San Miguel de Allende is often referred to as the Heart of Mexico.  It is an old colonial town with a 600 year old history.  As a UNESCO World Heritage City, San Miguel de Allende is proud of it’s history, cobblestone lanes and traditional architecture.

On a bright summer day in San Miguel a historic Peace Pole dedication took place on August 2nd in the local Park Juarez.

Tom Snider, Peace Coordinator of the English speaking Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday spearheaded the project and formed a partnership with the Spanish speaking Rotario San Miguel bringing the two cultures together in this remarkable endeavor.  The event was in the planning for the past two years with fund raising activities and negotiations with the city of San Miguel to obtain all the permits necessary to install the Peace Pole in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 3 meters tall peace pole was crafted out of cantera stone in keeping with the strict regulations of the Heritage Site.  The peace message was carved on the stone in English, Spanish and the native languages of Otomi and Nahuatl and adorned by braille and Mexican sign language at the base.  The Rotary logo was also carved at the base to honor the efforts of all the Rotarians that contributed toward this project.

The dedication event was started with words of prayer and blessings offered by the native Otomi and Nahuatl elders followed by a number of speeches by Soledad Sanchez, Rotary District Representative, President Fred Collins of the English speaking Rotary Midday, President Alberto Carbajo of the Spanish speaking Rotary Club of San Miguel and other community leaders who were came to celebrate the occasion.

After the unveiling of the Peace Pole, a World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented by Fumi Johns Stewart, Director of WPPS and Patricia Ann Talley, Peace Representative of WPPS in Zihuatanejo, Mexico who came to attend the event.  Youths carried the flags of the world while all in attendance gathered around the Peace Pole to send their wishes for peace to prevail in every country on earth with great enthusiasm.

After the Flag Ceremony, youth and adults alike joined as one heart and one mind in a Peace Walk which led from the park to the Jardin center of town.  The walk was led by a Nahuatl elder, youth and other enthusiastic community members who carried the flags of the world while repeating the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and in many countries around the world.  The walk ended at the world renown La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, which is the current parish church of the City. 

Closing speeches were presented at the front steps of the church to conclude this memorable event by Rotarians, members of Pax Cultura and representatives of the Catholic, Muslim and Jewish Faiths.

With the planting of this magnificent Rotary Peace Pole in San Miguel, a huge seed was planted in the Heart of Mexico.  There are now plans to encourage other Rotary Clubs throughout Mexico to join the Peace Pole network.  Thank you Rotarians for your dedication to Peace through Service!

May peace be in Mexico
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Celebration of the 82nd Birthday of the Dalai Lama-NYC-USA

July 31st, 2017

On July 6th, 2017, a Birthday Celebration was held in NYC in honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

The theme was “World Peace through Compassion.”

The event was organized by the The Tibet Fund in New York City.

“Never Give Up”

No matter what is going on
never give up
develop the Heart
too much energy in your country
is spent  developing the mind
instead of the Heart
Be Compassionate
not just to your friends
but to Everyone
Be Compassionate
Work for Peace
in your Heart and in the World
Work for Peace
and I say again
never give up
no matter what is going on around you
never give up
BY His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama”

Staff of The World Peace Prayer Society as invited guests were asked to close the evening’s Program by presenting the World Peace Flag Ceremony.

At the podium, Ann Marie Robustelli & Jim Dugan, WPPS Staff

Together with united hearts and minds, participants were invited to invoke prayers for peace for people in all countries throughout the world.

 

 

The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

July 5th, 2017

July 1st, 2017, was the last day of The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training.

Karine Gordineer of Green Girl Herbs & Healing taught an 8-month long series working with herbalism in the way it was originally taught; infused with the Spirits of the Plants.  Native Peoples believe that to truly possess the healing powers of a plant one must be introduced to the Spirit of that Plant and be honored with its healing gifts.

This 8 month training series included:

  • learning the healing properties of over 100 medicinal plants
  • working with plants for their healing properties
  • herbal remedy making, expert techniques and formulation
  • local plant identification
  • basic botany terminology
  • building your materia medica
  • making an herbarium
  • learning aboutplant energetics
  • herbal gardening and design
  • the sacred plants of power and how to work with them
  • introduction to the Native American Medicine Wheel
  • the shamanic journey and Sacred Dreaming
  • creating a medicine bundle
  • discovering personal plant allies
  • sustainable herbalism
  •  materials to make a year’s worth of remedies
  •  a one-year membership to United Plant Savers*
  • discounts on herbs and healing sessions

At the end of the 8 month series, students had acquired a solid foundation to work with herbs medicinally and are able to make their own herbal remedies in the form of infusions, decoctions, tea blends, oils, salves, flower essences, tinctures, and syrups.

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

2nd Annual Plant Communication Workshop-hosted by The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY – USA

July 5th, 2017

June 24 & 25th, 2017 – Karine Gordineer offered an Introduction followed by a 2-day Workshop on Plant Communication at The World Peace Sanctuary.

“Although Healing with Plant Consciousness may seem like a “new” modality, in fact it may be one of the oldest.”  Karine Gordineer — Owner/Founder of Green Girl Herbs and Healing in Hopewell Junction, New York.

This very experiential workshop offered:
Developing sensory awareness of plants

Accessing plant consciousness through the Shamanic Journey

Communication through light, sound, and breath

Entering the Daydream of the Plants

Discovering Your Plant Ally

Green Breath, transformational breath work created by Pam Montgomery

Journeying with the Music of the Plants

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

 

Peace Pole Planted by Deacon, Colts Neck, NJ-USA

July 5th, 2017

A Peace Pole was planted in Colts Neck, NJ where I serve as deacon.
As far as the dedication, I used a simple blessing from the Book of Blessings….

Peace,
Vinnie Rinaldi

Forikolo school in Sierra Leone dedicates Peace Pole

June 28th, 2017

June 4, 2017

WPPS friend Otto Herz of Germany is a great supporter of Peace Poles and the May Peace Prevail On Earth movement. He encouraged Forikolo school in Sierra Leone to plant a Peace Pole with the peace message in English, French, Arabic and German. The  green, white and blue Peace Pole represent colors of the country flag of Sierra Leone.

A huge Peace Pole was dedicated by the school community on the occasion of Otto’s birthday on June 4th.  The inauguration of the Peace Pole was attended by consultant of the President Ernest Bai Korma, the Paramount Chief, the commander of the Army in Lungi,  project manager Abu Mansaray as well as other local dignitaries.

Peace Pole dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin

June 28th, 2017

May 23,  2017

Dodging raindrops, Elgin Rotary Club members dedicated a Peace Pole on May 23rd that now is part of the city’s Veterans Memorial Park along the Fox River.

Mayor Dave Kaptain told the crowd the location was a fitting one, as those who served in the military “fought to bring peace to everyone.”

Alan Kirk, President of the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club, said that the Rotarians had been looking to put up a Peace Pole for about 15 years, at the urging of club member Ben Henrikson. According to Kirk, the Rotary’s breakfast group has about 20 members, while a group that meets at noon has 65 members.

The Rotarians also donated money for creating Veterans Memorial Park, near Gail Borden Public Library, which was built in phases this decade. When Henrikson and other Rotarians approached the committee involved with the park project, they unanimously agreed to place a Peace Pole there, City Councilman Rich Dunne said.

Elgin’s Peace Pole was designed and built by retired dentist Greg Karr, who has been with the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club since it chartered in 1989.

Prior to the dedication, Karr explained that the Peace Pole concept originated in 1955 with Masahisa Goi of Japan, who founded the World Peace Prayer Society. The first Peace Poles erected outside Japan went up in the 1980s, Karr said, and today there are more than 100,000 such poles up in about 180 countries, including one at the North Pole.

Each pole has the phrase, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” inscribed on it in a country’s primary language, Karr said. Karr’s pole also has that phrase written in braille and in Potawatomie on separate sides along with other symbols.

Karr said that while Peace Poles originally were made of wood, he decided to use steel and stone for his design. That design is a four-sided metal cage holding 196 stones, each etched with the code for each of the countries in existence on Earth, Karr said.

Karr said it took about 10 years, on and off, to create his piece, with part of the delay due to battling an illness. Karr’s friend David Reich, who is a welding instructor at Elgin Community College, was of great assistance in constructing the Peace Pole.

Karr said the most challenging part of the project, which he built in his garage, was finishing the stainless steel from the material used, which was raw from the mill.

The pole also was to have a spire on top of it that would represent the world’s seven continents, which didn’t quite work.

“It just looked ugly,” Karr said.

Putting his creation up in the park took about five hours Saturday and involved the help of several friends and family members, Karr said.

When speaking to those assembled for the dedication, Karr said, “This was a group effort, and it is a big part of my life.”

 

Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony at the Fourth Global Forum

June 27th, 2017

June 14 – 16 2017

Conscious business leaders from 32 countries traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the Fourth Global Forum hosted by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.  The three day Forum was held June 14th through 16th on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.   The World Peace Prayer Society and sister organization the Goi Peace Foundation were invited to present a Peace Pole and World Peace Flag Ceremony during the Grand Reception which was held on the last evening of the Forum.

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the research, education and practice of flourishing enterprise. Since it’s founding in 2002, The Fowler Center has become the leading edge research and educational institution with the philosophy of “do well and do good” teaching students to become agents of world benefit making a positive impact on society and the natural world. The Center is also an industry leader in the practice of “appreciative inquiry”.

The two and a half day Forum with the theme, Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, started with inspirational speeches by business leaders and educators including billionaire Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, Dr. Peter Senge, senior lecturer at M.I.T., and Dr. Barbara Frederickson known for her theory of positive emotions. 

Throughout the afternoon, the Forum invited participants to breakaway into 7 working groups each led by business partners and their areas of focus.  The overarching task of the Forum was to explore the best of what has been, already is, and could be, full-spectrum flourishing enterprises on the individual, organizational and systemic levels.

The Fourth Global Forum this year inaugurated the first Flourish Prizes, recognizing and awarding 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the final evening of the Forum, the Grand Reception took place  at the open atrium of the Cleveland Art Museum.  Chris Laszlo, faculty research director of the Fowler Center opened the evening by praising the success of the Forum. He then introduced  WPPS, the Goi Peace Foundation and the Fuji Declaration and invited us to lead the Peace Pole Ceremony.   The Peace Pole was then unveiled by Chris Laszlo, Chuck Fowler and Fumi Johns Stewart of WPPS.

Following the Peace Pole dedication, everyone gathered in a circle around the Peace Pole to prepare for the World Peace Flag Ceremony.  A lot of excitement was in the air as attendees picked up flags to carry and send peace to every region of the world.  Each of the business leaders representing 32 countries of the world stepped up enthusiastically to hold the flags of their respective countries.

With one voice and one heart, the symphony of prayers for peace rang out through the Art Museum as participants sent their prayers for peace to prevail in each country of the world.  To close the ceremony, the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, was spoken in all the languages represented at the Forum.

The grand reception ended on a very high note with participants joyfully connecting around the Peace Pole with their flags. Everyone communed as one global family in the spirit of the flourishing enterprise movement committed to becoming agents of world benefit.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, Ohio Peace Pole-USA

June 22nd, 2017

Name of Peace Pole owner: St. John United Church of Christ
Contact Person: Rev. Jim Brehler, Pastor
email: stjohnuccpastor@gmail.com

Date of Peace Pole Planting: 27 May 2017

Peace Pole planted in  our rock garden outside of the Fellowship Hall of our church. 950 Webster St., Defiance, OH 43512

We did have a dedication ceremony in memory of Monica Heckel:
Peace Pole Dedication Jim

I was familiar with the Peace Pole Project through another church I had been affiliated with.

Our Peace Pole was dedicated in memory of Monica Heckel, our Director of Faith Formation, who died unexpectedly after a short illness. The attached bulletin from her Memorial Service contains a short obituary which talks about her history:
Heckel Service Bulletin 2017.05.27

Monica and I were spiritual soul mates with both of us being highly empathic. Monica had wanted to plant a Peace Pole at the church, and had even begun constructing one from a 4×4 that she had found discarded on the side of the road. It was apropos that a discarded piece of lumber be used because of Monica’s work as a social worker, and her being, which seemed to attract people who had been discarded by others or society. However, when she had painted the 4×4, the paint would not adhere. After her passing, the church decided to purchase one from your organization. We mounted a brass plaque dedicating the Peace Pole to Monica with her favorite saying with which she closed all of her correspondence: Peace and all good. Monica truly longed for peace for all of creation. We truly miss her presence and spirit.

The dedication ceremony was adapted from: http://onearthpeace.org/peaceday_files/Peace-Pole_Sample-Dedication-Service_Yvonne-Riege-2012_On-Earth-Peace.pdf

Peace and all good,
Rev. Jim Brehler
St. John United Church of Christ
Defiance, OH