“Earth Holder Sangha” dedicate a Peace Pole at Heritage Village, Southbury, Connecticut-USA

February 15th, 2017

On, Sunday, December 11, 2016 the “Earth Holder Sangha” a community in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated the dedication of a Peace Pole with “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH’ in four languages: English, Celtic/Gaelic, Hebrew, and Oglala Sioux Lakota.

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Each side represents the ancestral heritage of Judith Stevens, who purchased the Peace Pole.

Bruce Nichols, of Shelton, CT co-facilitated along with Shaman Lucy Lightwalker.  Each gave gifts for the Earth and to our ancestors.  Tobacco and holy water from all over the earth was gathered and poured on the ground, as well as gifts by participants in the dedication.

Each person present chanted, MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.  Bruce also brought ashes given to him at a sacred Hopi ceremony following September 11th tragic event.

An Irish Blessing by John O’Donohue, now deceased; a gatha by Thich Nhat Hanh was recited; and a Blessing by Oglala Sioux Lakota chief were also chanted.

Guests were treated to homemade mulled cider and finger foods and a very special sheet cake with MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH written on the cake.

The site of the dedication is at Heritage Village,  Southbury, CT.

Submitted by:  Judith E. Stevens

Peace Poles planted at Lake Baikal, Southern Siberia-RUSSIA

February 15th, 2017

My group visited Lake Bailkal and planted two Peace Poles, located in Irukutsk,  Siberia, Russia.

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Lake Baikal is considered the oldest ( 25 million years) and deepest lake in the world.  It contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve.

We stayed at the hotel in Fujil village in Orion Island where the Buryat tribes live.

We talked to the hotel owner about the Peace Pole Project and  of our wish to donate the Peace Pole.  The hotel owner happily accepted the Peace Pole.

He informed us that people from all over the world visit the island and that he most welcomed the offering of the Peace Pole planted at his hotel.

The Peace Pole planting took place on April 16th, 2016

Peace Pole at Marriot Hotel in Irukusk in Eastern Siberia-RUSSIA

On the April 18th, we stayed at Marriot hotel Irukutsk and planted a Peace Pole.  General manager of the hotel was from Lebanon and he is a great supporter of Peace and accepted our Peace Pole in his hotel.  Irukutsk is a very old and historical city that represents Eastern Siberia.

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We also visited a museum, monastery and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, offering our presents of desktop Peace Poles and Origami  paper doll bookmarks.  The people were very happy about our presents and the message of Peace.  We  also made an honorary visit to the Japanese cemetery by Lake Baikal where many Japanese soldiers were captured and forced to labor after WWII and died in the frozen land.

May Peace be in Siberia!
May Peace be in Russia!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Respectfully submitted by: Kuniko Fukuse, Tokyo, Japan

 

Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in Funabashi, Chiba-JAPAN

February 15th, 2017

In 2016, we held our 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in the Citizen’s Gallery of Funabashi City in Chiba, Japan.  It was held from August 10th to August 14th.

The Peace Pals International Art Exhibition was part of our peace exhibition, entitled,  “Vibration of Love and Peace” which also included paintings, calligraphy, photographs, origami art and hand crafts.

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The visitors were  impressed by the vibrant colors in each piece of artwork and the artistic ability of each child to express their “pure intention for peace.”

The visitors happily helped themselves to the Peace Pals postcards and Origami bookmarks as their souvenirs.

We were very happy to see some people return again this year and included their friends for the 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.

Respectfully submitted by: Yoko Okita

Peace Pole at Pax Christi table at Religious Education Congress, Feb 23 weekend-Los Angeles, California-USA

February 6th, 2017

I have had the portable Peace Pole displayed  at the Religious Education Congress  for years. We have a permanent Peace Pole installed in the meditation garden at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care and the portable Peace Pole in the Chapel that we take to conferences, such as the Religious Education Congress.

St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care Peace Pole

Fr Chris Ponnet
St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
1911 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Acts of Service-Peace Pole-Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii-USA

February 1st, 2017

As of May 31st, 2016, a new Peace Pole stands as a monument to peace in the Thurston Memorial Chapel Courtyard. The 6-foot tall Peace Pole, made from ʻōhiʻa wood, bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

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Acts of service by alumni, students and faculty serving their communities take place every day, all around the world. Stories were contributed to the collection of 175 acts of service and a Peace Pole planted in honor of the School’s 175th anniversary.

Fifth-grade students in Angie Church’s class plant a tree in honor of the U.N. International Day of Peace each year. Inspired by the activity, Katie Weldon, whose daughter is in fifth grade, coordinated the creation of two Peace Poles. Plans for installation of the second Peace Pole on Rocky Hill are scheduled for September, in time for International Peace Day.

Church’s students chose 10 languages to be represented on the poles: English, Hawaiian, Finnish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Latin, Filipino (Ilocano), Spanish and Italian. Parents and faculty, both on campus and across the world, helped translate “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Students created templates of the lettering, and Weldon’s husband, Dr. Ed Weldon ’85, who does woodworking as a hobby, carved the messages into the wood. Students painted the lettering with black paint before Ed finished the pole and Physical Plant staff installed it.

“The Peace Pole is a beautiful reminder for us to strive for peace within ourselves and in our world,” said Church.

First International Peace Pole in western India in Pichola lakeside in Udaipur, Rajasthan-INDIA

January 25th, 2017

On January 14, 2017 (aka Makar Sankranti, the Hindu solstice) the first International Peace Pole in western India was dedicated by a vivid varied multi-generational crowd in the new eco-artistic sanctuary of Shaktipur on the Pichola lakeside in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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Co-organized by New York’s Vanaver Caravan (VC) and Udaipur’s Big Medicine Charitable Trust (BMCT), the event engaged foreign well-wishers from several continents as well as local Indians of all castes and creeds.

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The dance & song-filled ceremony was led by VC co-founders Livia and Bill Vanaver and the Peace Pole was formally unveiled by BMCT co-founder Premilla Dixit Nag and BMCT trustee & renowned Buddhist/Dalit leader Dr. Kusum Meghwal. Local bard Ashok Jain Manthan facilitated Hindi/English translation and contributed lovely original poetry.

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The Peace Pole is protectively located on Shaktipur’s beautiful but geomantically vulnerable northeast corner at the foot of a sacrad kadam tree; and its inspirational inscription is rendered in Mewari, Urdu, English and Japanese.

Learn more about Shakti Caravan and the work we are doing in India.   www.shakticaravan

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The pole is also auspiciously positioned at the heart of the erstwhile princely state of Mewar famed for centuries of internal peace and fraternal tolerance among its many diverse religious and tribal communities.

Please let everyone know and come visit the Peace Pole in Udaipur, India

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Respectfully submitted by:
David Kubiak and Livia Drapkin Vanaver

Traveling Peace Pole in City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts-USA

January 24th, 2017

City of Fitchburg Massachusetts, Mayor Stephen DiNatale and Human Rights Commission Chair, Barbara Nealon, display Peace Pole donated by Margaret Gabrelli.

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The Peace Pole will be featured in City Hall’s Lobby initially; the plan is to rotate it through the Schools and then to other areas of the City.

 

9/11 Interfaith Service-Buddha’s Light Temple, Flushing, NY-USA September 11, 2016

January 23rd, 2017

A beautiful “Prayers for World Peace Interfaith Ceremony” was held at the Buddha’s Light Temple, home of the International Buddhist Progress Society of New York.

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Rev. Deborah Moldow was invited to speak among the representatives of diverse faiths, including Rabbi Roger Ross and Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office.

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Deborah offered a desktop Peace Pole as a gift to the Dharma Master, who placed it on the main altar. She also led the large congregation in saying three times, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

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International Vigil for Peace & Ecology-Central Park Band Shell, NYC-USA

January 19th, 2017

September 18, 2016

The annual Vigil for Peace & Ecology, organized by retired U.N. staff member Rev. Susana Bastarrica, was held in Central Park on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and, as always, featured the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various ways. The WPPS flags were present, along with a prominent banner across the front of the stage.

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At 12 noon, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, directed participants to form a peace sign holding a selection of smaller flags and taking a Minute of Silence, followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

The lively day-long event included choirs, traditional Chinese, Mexican, and Korean dances, and a Japanese Butoh performance by WPPS Youth Representative to the United Nations, Brandon Perdomo.  Brandon and fellow dancer Allysa Oliver were in front of the stage, moving and dancing with 50lbs of sacks of rice each, accompanied by a live cellist and percussionist on stage.

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Toward the close of the day, the park guards asked the event to close down early, just as a Beatles tribute band was setting up. Miraculously, Rev. Deborah Moldow managed to secure one of the band’s microphones and have the large flags distributed among the crowd just in time to conduct a brief but heartfelt World Peace Prayer Ceremony! (Unfortunately, the band did not get to play.)

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Central Park readied New York City for the International Day of Peace three days later by echoing the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Spirit of the UN Awards-777 United Nations Plaza-USA

January 19th, 2017

October 25, 2016

Each year, during the Week of Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns, the NGO Committee on Spirituality and Global Concerns-NY offers the Spirit of the United Nations award to representatives of the UN community, including an ambassador, a UN staff member and an NGO. Deborah Moldow was the co-recipient with Monica Willard in 2009.

This year, Rev. Deborah was invited to offer the opening invocation. She invoked the Spirit of Peace and invited all present to repeat, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society