Archive for October, 2008

20th Anniversary-Gathering of the Vibes-August 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Once again, the staff from The World Peace Sanctuary, opened the festivities at the 12th Annual “Gathering of the Vibes” with a World Peace Flag Ceremony. The “Vibes” was held in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is a four-day, outdoor camping music event, attended by more than 20,000 people. The event featured performances by more than 40 national touring acts that included: The Neville Brothers, Taj Mahal, Phil Lesh and the Black Crows. The World Peace Flag Ceremony was wonderfully attended by young and old alike and was a perfect way to start the final day of this mammoth event.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

For more information on this event, pleas visit: http://gatheringofthevibes.com/2008/about

International Day of Peace at the United Nations-September 19, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The World Peace Prayer Society was again proud to partner with the UN Department of Public Information, Pathways To Peace and the United Religions Initiative to organize the student observance of the International Day of Peace at the United Nations in our twelfth year of collaboration.

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Because September 21st fell on a Sunday this year, the UN observance was held on Friday, September 19th. The beautiful autumn day began with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ringing the Peace Bell in the UN Garden, surrounded by celebrity Messengers of Peace Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Midori Goto, and Elie Wiesel. Children raised the flags of all 192 UN Member States in a glorious display of the color and diversity of the nations of the world.

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They all proceeded to Conference Room 4, where 800 students and chaperones had seen an on-screen display of winners of the Peace Pals Art Exhibition. The students were treated to a performance of authentic didgeridoo music from Australia, before hearing greetings by the Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly, the president of the International Association of University Presidents, and the Messengers of Peace.

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In addition to these exciting presenters in the room, there were also live satellite broadcasts from UN Peacekeeping sites in Afghanistan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. An uplifting rap song by Tynan Whalan of the Railroad Street Youth Project in Massachusetts was warmly received, and four impressive student projects were presented by young representatives of Roots and Shoots, World Vision, Amnesty International, and the Big Book: Pages for Peace Foundation. The youth moderator was former gang member Rudy Balles, who now works with Peace Jam, an organization dedicated to educating young leaders through the work of the Nobel Peace Laureates.

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Everyone enjoyed the grand finale, an inspiring World Peace Flag Ceremony. Students carried the flags of the Member States, while those still seated read along with the country list. In between regions, everyone chanted, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” which was also displayed on the giant screens with regional maps. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of the Secretary-General, graciously came forward to wave the flag of the United Nations for the joyful finish. This colorful ceremony provided a perfect close to the event, honoring the spirit of the United Nations by sending a heartfelt message of peace around the world.

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The Department of Public Information has already invited the World Peace Prayer Society to partner in organizing next year’s International Day of Peace student observance, along with our work to promote the day worldwide. We are currently compiling a report for the United Nations from countless places across the globe where the International Day of Peace was marked with the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Peace Pole Planting in Schaffhausen Switzerland-September 13, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Mr. Max Leu celebrated his 50th birthday by planting a Peace Pole in the center of his home town Schaffhausen on September 13th 2008.
Schaffhausen is very close to the border to Germany on the shore of Lake Constanz. The Peace Pole features the official languages of Switzerland: German, French and Italian, 4th language is English. The white wooden Peace Pole was crafted by the Tannacker Foundation in Switzerland. Next to the Peace Pole you see a sign quoting Black Elk`s wisdom of the Lakota Indians together with a wonderful Chinese saying, to include a blurb about the worldwide Peace Pole Project. Enclosed are 2 photos of Mr. Leu`s Peace Pole planting and the Chinese saying:

If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person; If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house; If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation; If there is order in the nation there will be peace in the world.

Plattekill Peace Pole Dedication-September 21, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Thomas Felton Park, Plattekill, NY
Sunday, September 21, 2008 – International Day of Peace

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Plattekill is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The Township is situated between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, the town of Plattekill. The name is derived from a stream, the Plattekill. The five official village hamlets include: Ardonia, Clintondale, Modena, New Hurley, and Plattekill.

The Message May Peace Prevail On Earthin English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Braille were proudly displayed on a Recycled Peace Pole, crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary.

12-year old Amanda D’Agostino had spent the last year raising money on her own to have a Peace Pole installed in the Thomas Felton Park. She was able to raise a considerable amount of money with support from the Rotary Club.

Congregational UCC Peace Pole Dedication, Arlington Heights, Illinois-September 7, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Here is a photograph of the Peace Pole dedication held on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Our Peace Pole was installed and dedicated during festivities launching a yearlong celebration of our church’s 50th anniversary.

Our dedication  ceremony included the reading of the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in each of the twelve languages on the pole and of additional languages that held meaning for our church.  As each language was read the speaker placed rose petals of remembrance at the foot of the Peace Pole.

Submitted by Linda Best.

WPFC accompanies Wedding Ceremony-April 26, 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Submitted by Peace Representative, SonokoTanaka – Italy.

April 26, 2008-Italy

There were approximately 100 guests that participated in the World Peace Flag Ceremony (WPFC). Our friends, family and relatives of my husband were there, but also the people who just happened to be in this natural park of the Fiastra Abbey joined us spontaneously! We had a very lovely spring day! It was one of the happiest days in my life. Holding a WPPC with all our guests on this memorial day was a wonderful way to celebrate Oneness of our hearts, not only mine and that of my husband but also the hearts of all the people who joined us!




Infinite Joy
Sonoko
PS* I was in Assisi on the IDP, 21st September. The organization called “United Artists for Peace” in collaboration with the Office for the Support to the UN, sustained by European Union, Umbria Region, and City of Assisi, etc. held the 13th International Peace Festival from 13 to 21 September and on 21st, linking with the Peace Bell at UN, they rang the Bell of the Tower of the building of Capitano del Popolo in the main square. I prayed for World Peace while listening to the bell ringing.