Archive for February, 2008

May Peace Prevail On Earth: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT-February, 2008

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Pakistan Peace Pole Dedication-January 26, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008


On January 26, Mr. Jahangir Piar of Pakistan and Executive Director of Organization for Peace and Development (OPD) facilitated a Peace Pole dedication ceremony in the company of 1000 students and teachers in relation to sensitized young children, students and teachers of the Qurban and Surraya Trust School and Degree College for girls in Pakistan.

The Program opened with a prayer by Mr. Francis Xavier. Mr. Jahangir Piara, spoke about the Peace Pole Project, its history and the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”



Temple Beth El Peace Pole Dedication-January 22, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

On January 22nd, more than 100 parents and children attended a ceremony to dedicate a peace pole recently at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo, California, organized by Sam Hahn.


“Our rabbi was talking about what more we can do for the world,” he said. “I got inspired to write a song about peace and to dedicate a peace pole. We wanted to plant a little seed of hope in our children.”

Hahn’s song contained the word “peace” in languages from every continent. His lyrics will be donated to the World Peace Prayer Society. Students from Top of the World School in Laguna Beach, the B’Hai Center of San Clemente, the Journey School in Aliso Viejo and Temple Beth El participated in the singing.


Abode Peace Pole Planting-January 11, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

On Martin Luther King Day 2008, two Peace Poles were planted as a group of dedicated peaceworkers gathered at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon in upstate New York. Wahida and Michael Young, two Sufi ministers, called Cherags, created a beautiful ceremony to commemorate the occasion that combined the Universal Worship service and the World Peace Prayer. As “May Peace Prevails On Earth” was affirmed in eight different languages, candles on the altar were lit, each honoring a different tradition, acknowledging they are all part of one and the same light. Everyone was deeply moved by listening to a recording of Martin Luther King’s “I Had Dream” speech in Washington DC. 

Tonia Shoumatoff read an excerpt from the writings of Masahisa Goi and followed by declaring the Prayer for Peace in Japanese.


The group trouped out singing to bless the peace poles with sage, one by the entrance of the Abode of the Message and the other by the meditation hall. They placed lovely rocks that had been handpainted by children from the Mountain Roads School in front of each Pole. There was a great feeling of love and harmony as the group left the poles arm in arm singing “Let Peace Begin with Me” and shared in a delicious offering of food from the Abode kitchen.



Submitted by Tonia Shoumatoff

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day-December 7, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Lt. Renee Marie – USA 

Two Peace Poles were dedicated on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th, 2007 in McClellan, California only miles away from Sacramento, the State Capitol. The events were organized by Peace Rep Lt. Reneé Marie who is Chief Patient Administration Officer at the McClellan AFB. The first Peace Pole which was dedicated to all Warriors in Transition was planted in Peacekeeper Park within the Base compound.


Lt. Marie orchestrating the Peace Pole Dedication at Peacekeeper Park.


Commander puts a plaque on the pole to dedicate it to Warriors in Transition on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day after reading a quote from Gen. Douglass MacArthur:The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

In the afternoon, the second Peace Pole was planted with children of the F.C. Joyce Elementary School in North Highlands, CA. Lt. Reneé Marie writes: “I just love this picture of this young student placing a flag that the students in HIS class made! Each of the flags appearing were hand made by students.”





City Montessori School-WPFC-December, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Jagdish Gandhi – INDIA

Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, Peace Rep of WPPS and Director of the City Montessori School (CMS) in Lucknow, India, organizes World Peace Prayer Ceremonies on an ongoing basis to instill the spirit of peace, harmony and cooperation in the hearts of his students.

On the occasion of THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CHIEF JUSTICES OF THE WORLD last December, CMS organized a World Peace Prayer Ceremony. The program was started by the World Citizen who made the following declaration: “I am the world citizen. I belong to all countries and entire humanity. I stand for peace and harmony in all countries of the world.” The World Citizen’s declaration was followed by prayers for each region of the world.


On the occasion of THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL FOR WORLD PEACE, Dramatics, Art & Painting, Orchestra, Choral Singing, Choreography and Traditional Dance participants from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Congo, Nepal and various states of India took part in the event. The program commenced with a school prayer, all-religions prayer, a mock World Parliament and spectacular World Peace Prayer Ceremony. Around 200 school children representing UN member nations, dressed in national costumes, held their national flags. Continental groups from all six continents, UN representatives and a World Citizen all prayed for peace in every part of the world. The groups rendered the prayer “May Peace Prevail On Earth. May peace be in all countries of North America.” In a grand finale, the world peace song was sung in unison by all flag bearers and representatives of each region.



World Village Festival-February, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Heidi Rautionmaa – FINLAND 

A Peace Pole was blessed at the World Village Festival by the interfaith community in Espoo, Finland.



School Children dedicate Peace Pole-February 4, 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Shinji Kasema – THE NETHERLANDS

A Peace Pole was planted with 189 children from a total of 8 classes from the Montessori primary school in Arnhem. Each child decorated the pole with a colored ribbon and dedicated the pole followed by a World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony.



Conerly Road School-November 29, 2007

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Peace Pals Coordinator, Virginia Abu-Bakr – USA

November 29th – New Jersey, USA
Significant to the Peace Pals success at Conerly Road School is the support of the principal, Mrs. Donna Silva-Burnett. She embraces and spreads her desire for peace by providing Mrs. Virginia Abu-Bakr, Mrs. Rena Stewart and Mrs. Libby Marx (all partners in coordinating the “Peacemakers” of Conerly Road School) with a forum to promote peace and develop “Peacemakers,” as their young ambassadors are called.


Mrs. Stewart’s fourth grade class prepared letters to Sister Lavina Herman-Gill in Pakistan. Sr. Lavina had visited the school earlier in the year and shared with the youth her story of creating an orphanage/school for the abandoned young ones in Pakistan. Students were writing the letters to each of the children in hopes to develop continued communications.

At the closing of the visit, students engaged in unison by saying “May Peace be in Pakistan. May Peace be in New Jersey. May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

During the evening event, a harmonious and very populated gathering of dear hearts and gentle people represented 25 countries! Among them were Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey. There was authentic dress and cuisine from most countries.


Students flocked to the WPPS table to prepare origami Peace Poles just before the program began.

Submitted by Shonda Sheppard, WPPS.

Spreading Peace in Nepal-October 2, 2007

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Sushil Koirala – NEPAL 

Our Peace Rep, Sushil, has designed and crafted some unique peace poles which he has presented to prominent leaders, activists and visionaries in Nepal.


In celebration of the International Day of Non-violence on October 2nd, Sushil writes: “I distributed peace poles to the organizations and individual leaders and activists who contributed significantly in the peace process of Nepal, and who led the Peoples’ Movement for Democracy last year and who defended Human Rights at the darkest hour of King’s regime.”


Peace Minister Hon. Mr. Ram Chandra Paudel was presented a
Peace Pole in his peace ministry office on January 30th.


Acting President of Nepali Congress Mr. Sushil Koirala receives a
peace pole from our Peace Rep also by the name of Sushil Koirala
on Human Rights Day, December 10th.