Archive for November, 2008

Kaleidoscope 4th Annual Event-World Peace Flag Ceremony November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Vassar students gathered again this year in unison, to celebrate one another!

Kaleidoscope is an annual event held at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (USA) to honor diversity in culture and customs. Eight percent of the student body at Vassar College represents one-quarter of the world’s countries. The event was attended by several hundred students and faculty.

An international theme was presented from culinary cuisine to entertainment.  The colorful display of UN member nation flags was the added touch that served as a presentation to the introduction of the procession of flags that began the evening’s Program.

As a centerpiece of the evening, staff of The World Peace Prayer Society led the audience into a procession of flags as the message and prayer May Peace Prevail On Earth was sent to each honored nation throughout the world!   http://www.vassar.edu/

TELECONFERENCE REPORT: A CALL TO PEACE IN PAKISTAN! November 22, 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Unity brought forth, in a stirring ceremony for A Call To Peace in Pakistan, featuring dynamic speakers who participated in the Teleconference on Saturday, November 22nd.  

Barbara Wolf spoke about her recent trip to Pakistan and how the planting of a single Peace Pole sparked the interest and enthusiasm from a core group of community members! These citizens represent more than 70 organizations from the city of  Faisalabad, Pakistan  ‘Hope for a brighter future ‘ is the lasting impression from when that first Peace Pole was planted, resulting in a crop of 66 Peace Poles that have since emerged from the city of Faisalabad and its surrounding areas.

 A heartfelt thank you to Barbara Wolf, Founder of the Global Meditations Network in the USA and to Margaret Fikioris!

Upon their recent return from Faisalabad, both Barbara and Margaret were anxious to share their experiences regarding the remarkable peace building efforts from the community of “Peace Worker” they visited in Pakistan. Their stories were so inspiring that The World Peace Prayer Society decided to organize this special Teleconference.   

Special Guest Speakers:

The “Peace Workers” (see list below) from Pakistan were invited to share their stories with callers from around the world. 

 *Atif Jamil Pagaan, Executive Director, Harmony Foundation, Faisalabad  

*Ashfaq Fateh, Principal, St. Peter’s High School, Toba Tek Singh  

*Anthony Gill, Aman Publication, Faisalabad 

*Yuel Bhatti, Executive Secretary, United Religions Initiative  

*Sr. Lavina Herman-Gill, Peace Representative of WPPS

 The “Peace Workers” were especially excited to explain the activities that “engaged communities” in planting Peace Poles and spreading the Message and Prayer May Peace Prevail On Earth throughout the city of Faisalabad and other regions in Pakistan.  The people engaged in the Teleconference were moved by the compelling experiences shared by the special guest speakers who elaborated on the “peace building strategies” currently in place in Pakistan

 “The efforts for peace building in Pakistan continues,” was the heart of the message, eloquently expressed from each of the guest speakers. Their goal is to uplift peace consciousness throughout Pakistan, with the support of the many “like minded” individuals from the communities in Pakistan.

The achieved efforts implemented by these remarkable “Peace Workers” thus far, are as follows: 

 1) More than 70 organizations have endorsed the Peace Pole Project and plans are underway to expand the planting of Peace Poles in and around Faisalabad.

2) Pakistan‘s High School students have written to the government asking that the words May Peace be in Pakistan be on all legal stationary/documents.

3) Letters have been written to railroad conductors/engineers, requesting that train tickets be stamped with the words, May Peace be in Pakistan.

4) A request to the Pakistan’s Media Network, requesting that all catastrophic “news” broadcastings end with the prayer, May Peace be in (the name of the afflicted country).

5) Peace Poles are urgently planted in the afflicted areas in Pakistan.

6) Peace stickers are being placed on utility poles and bicycles.

Following the monologue from the “Peace Workers”, prayers were offered in gratitude to the Children, Women and Men of Pakistan. Prayers were also extended to the bordering countries. The Teleconference concluded with prayers for peace for all of creation!  

We praise and honor these brave, courageous souls in Pakistan, as they fulfill their mission in the spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!  In the midst of turmoil and cataclysm, they are still able to ignite the “hope for peace”within the hearts and souls of the people of Pakistan.  

To listen to the recording of the Teleconference please visit our webpage:  http://www.worldpeace.org/teleconference.php

May Peace be in Pakistan!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Peace Pole planted at Florida International University-September 11, 2008

Monday, November 24th, 2008

September 11, 2008, on a day that one’s thoughts tend to drift toward negative memories, Biscayne Bay Campus attempted to look forward and focus on peace. 

 BBC-SGA President, Ana Maria Silva closed the dedication ceremony with moving words of inspiration and hope. In a final show of unity, each speaker took hold of a piece of ribbon that had been attached to the top of the eight sided Peace Pole. The Peace Pole was adorned with eight plates, expressing the message, May Peace Prevail on Earth in Arabic, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Chinese, Creole, Hebrew, French, Tibetan, Sign and paw-prints in honor of the animal kingdom.  In unison, each person cut a portion of ribbon to conclude the dedication.

 

Peace Pole planted in former East Germany-November-2008

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Mrs. Ines Meißner of the Guest and Seminar House Gallin, which is located in former East Germany, planted a Peace Pole in the front garden this autumn.

 The message, May Peace Prevail On Earth is displayed in several languages:

German, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Swahili, Ukraine and Italian

 

Creative expression of the Universal Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth! November-2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Tina Downey of Sacramento, California discovered yet another creative way to spread the message, May Peace Prevail on Earth. Tina has four (Peace Pole) language plates mounted on the side of her garage, proclaiming May Peace Prevail On Earth in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Japanese.   Many people pass her garage on their way to the local hospital.  She has seen people slow down and really contemplate what they are seeing. 

 

 

Peace Pole Dedication in honor of Veteran’s Day in Sacremento, California-November 11, 2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

“It seems like every opportunity I have to show a Peace Pole, one gets planted.”  These are the inspiring words and (work) of Captain Renee Marie, Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society. 

   On September 13, Renee Marie set up an 8 foot Peace Pole in a parking lot, in downtown Sacramento, California for a Sacramento Second Saturday Gallery event.

  Tina Downey and Lynn Vernon inquired about the Peace Pole.  They were so excited about getting a Peace Pole planted a friend’s backyard, Gale Fairchild, where neighborhood events are generally held a few times each year.  Renee Marie was invited to speak with the 3 women from the neighborhood and the process took off from there.  These beautiful women are also working hard to save a huge “Heritage” tree in the neighborhood from being cut down.  They realize that Peace is for all living things!  It was important to them to have the “leaf prints” plaque on the Pole.  The group chose the (1) plaque inscribed with the message:  May Peace Prevail On Earth in Spanish, (1) plaque read: May Peace be in our Homes and Communities and the other 2 plaques had decorative leaf and paw prints, in honor of nature and the animal kingdom!  A toast was made for “A Call To Peace” for all native peoples, women, children, animals, plants and for ALL soldiers to return home!  

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

 “Infinite Gratitude for the deep calling within me to work for PEACE and manifest the joy with each of YOU!”   Captain Renee Marie

 Below: Captain Renee Marie (in uniform), Gale Fairchild, Jessica Dafalia and Tina Downey

 

Wise USA Global Link Teleconference-Live on Ustream-November 1, 2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

WiseUSA 08, a global non-partisan program of The Gaiafield Center for Subtle Activism at the California Institute of Integral Studies, has worked diligently to bring people together in meditation and prayer during the USA-2008 Presidential Election season.  Many groups and organizations from around the world worked in conjunction to form Wise USA 08, such as:  Common Passion, Culture of Peace Initiative, The World Peace Prayer Society, Wisdom of the World, Vessels of Peace and the Zambuling Institute of Human Transformation.

 The Global Link Teleconference, honoring the heart and soul of America, was recorded live from THE WORLD PEACE SANCTUARY in Amenia, New York, Headquarters of THE WORLD PEACE PRAYER SOCIETY (WPPS) in collaboration with the All One Now Network:  www.allonenow.org

 Hundreds of people from around the world participated.  This was a monumental time in history for the United States of America.  A very special USA Flag Ceremony was held in honor of this occasion at The World Peace Sanctuary.   The entire program and flag presentation was brought to Ustream viewers live in color.  Staff and volunteers of WPPS presented the state flags as they were announced in alphabetical order.  Each of the 50 states were announced, followed by a responsorial, proclamation, May Peace Prevail on Earth!!

 The event was hosted by Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS and joined by Special Guests Speaker, David Nicols, Director of Gaiafield Center for Subtle Activism.

 Grandmother Silver Star, an Elder of the Cherokee and Lakota Nation, led the prayer for the Native American Tribal Ancestors, in the Native American Nations Ceremony.

To view the recorded video, please visit:  www.worldpeace.org/teleconference.php 

 

 

Bill Gates receives GOI PEACE AWARD 2008-Tokyo, Japan-November 9, 2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

On November 9th, 2008, Bill Gates, Founder and Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was awarded the 2008 Goi Peace Award in recognition of his visionary leadership in helping to create a more equitable world. The Goi Peace Award was presented by Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President and Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society.  For more information on this story, please visit:

http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/award/award2008.html

  Below Mr. Hiroo Saionji (second from left) and Mrs. Masami Saionji present the Award to Mr. Bill Gates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Poles on Peace Trails in Atlanta, Georgia-USA-2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Atlanta Peace Trails (APT) is a map booklet of Peace Poles “May Peace Prevail On Earth”™, Peace Gardens, and Peace Monuments around the greater Atlanta area. The team, comprised of the Greater Atlanta’s citizens:  Carla Smith – Atlanta City Council Member for District 1, Dr. Gail Lash- TourismForPeace.org, Andrea Kay Smith- PartnershipsInPeace.org, and Don Grant- CraftLLC.com, has produced this booklet to encourage walking, riding MARTA & bicycling to view these fantastic Peace Poles, Gardens & Monuments.

This historic project has taken one year (& many hours) to complete!  For those not yet in the (APT) booklet – plans are underway to have a web page so that information on a new “Peace” location can be added in the future.  This is the beginning of a long-term project – to create trails of peace and Peace Poles in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and all over the world!  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

PEACE IN PAKISTAN! Mission: To plant 200 Peace Poles in City of Faisalabad-November 2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A group of community members in Pakistan have devoted themselves to promoting the message May Peace Prevail On Earth by planting Peace Poles throughout the City of Faisalabad.   The first Peace Pole was planted in honor of the Peace Poles’ project inauguration on October 10th at the Society for Disabled Women (SDW) office in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The SDW Inclusive Education System “School for All” serves children from marginalized communities in rural areas.  Sixty-six Peace Poles have been planted since the inauguration.  May Peace Prevail in Pakistan!