Archive for January, 2009

Prayers for Peace-Atlanta-Georgia-USA

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

January 20, 2009

We gathered around the Peace Pole the morning of September 11th with tears and prayed.

Tuesday morning, January 20, 2009 before we started our day at Phoenix
and Dragon Bookstore, the staff all gathered around the Peace Pole to say a prayer for
President Obama and for Peace. We snapped a picture with my cell phone.

It was a great surprise to see the rainbows and brilliant ray of light gleaming
from the Peace Pole; clearly a sign that the world heard our prayers.

This Peace Pole joins the trail of Peace Poles in Atlanta, Georgia.

www.AtlantaPeaceTrails

 May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Namaste,

Candace Apple
Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore
candace@phoenixanddragon.com

 

WPPS Peace Representative News: Penny Joy Snider-Light

Monday, January 26th, 2009

January-2009

In honor of the Interfaith Service for First Night Boston, 2008-2009, and the UN International Year of Reconciliation, 2009, it was my infinite blessing to dedicate a World Peace Pole at the New Year’s Eve Interfaith Service for First Night Boston, 2008-2009.

This was the first Peace Pole that I have dedicated  and I did so in collaboration with others on the Leadership Committee of the Interfaith Service for First Night Boston. 

 Held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, downtown Boston, our theme for our annual Interfaith Service this year was RECONCILIATION, in honor of the UN International Year of Reconciliation, 2009.

 The languages we chose for our four sided Peace Pole included:  English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Sanskrit, Latin, Chinese, and Japanese.

As we transitioned into 2009, I made remarks about the World Peace Pole Project, and then offered a prayer for World Peace which included a blessing for the UN International Year of Reconciliation, 2009, and our World Peace Pole.  Then, our Buddhist representative offered a sacred blessing for the Peace Pole.  We then processed through the congregation with our World Peace Pole, and people wanted to touch it.  I cannot adequately express how moving the ceremony was; moved to tears. 

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Penny Joy Snider-Light
The World Peace Prayer Society, Peace Representative, Greater
Boston Area-USA

Photograph taken by: Paul M. Buckley of Billerica, MA



Peace Pole Dedication- Maunacenter- Ragusa,Sicily –ITALY

Monday, January 26th, 2009

January 18, 2009

We had our Peace Day meeting on January 18, 2009 and celebrated the occasion with a Peace Pole dedication.  Forty people attended and in the days to follow more than one-hundred people joined us.

We composed a music CD of peace songs, prayers and meditation and held a musical ceremony in 3 languages: Italian, Russian, Sanscrit

To see the video on the Peace Day, January 18th and more, please visit:

http://www.maunacenter.com/peace_pole_maunacenter.html  or

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFAdw2BSQ

We embrace in the heart!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!   Possa la Pace regnare sulla Terra!
 
Sasha and Renato

Maunacenter

Universal Peace Calendar-WPPS, Chairperson, Mrs. Masami Saionji

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

WPFC-Peace Representative News, Monica Willard-USA

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Monica Willard, Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society took part in the ‘All Nations’ Peace Concert’ which included a World Peace Flag Ceremony– sending prayers for peace for all the people in the world. The concert was one of the offerings during the Bethlehem First Night festivities in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  The All Nations Peace Concert was held at the Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA.   Jackie Tice organized the performers to represent the four directions.  There was a jazz performance to represent the black, Native American for the red, tabla drummer from India for the yellow and a mime for the white.   

Monica writes:

When the bombing in Gaza began, we held another flag ceremony at my house.  As we prayed for the countries together, people were asked if they had a special concern or connection with a particular country.  They were asked to take the flag after a prayer was offered, share their connection or concern and then place it in a special container on the table decorated with a quilt made for the Season for Nonviolence. 

 The other countries were placed in colored containers that represented the four directions.  So we ended the ceremony by praying for the countries with special intentions and then for the four directions.  We called on our prayers to really anchor peace and reconciliation in our world and to mark 2009 as the Year of Reconciliation!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Peace Poles-Puri Peace Plaza-Illinois-USA

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

January-2009

On the Perryville Bike Path at Riverside and McFarland Rockford, Illinois

Peace Poles are hand crafted obelisks erected all over the world and are dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as a constant reminder to us to visualize and pray for world peace.

The Peace Pole Project launched in 1955 by Masahisa Goi and the Society of Prayer for World Peace, a nondenominational organization, now has over 200,000 Peace Poles planted in over 200 countries.

Each six-sided Peace Pole in the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza proclaims the peace prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 12 languages as divided below. The languages are identified below each prayer in English. Our Sister City Garden has a Peace Pole that includes the following languages: Swedish, Italian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Romanian, Hungarian, Kyrgz, and English.

 

Languages on the Peace Poles

Afrikaans
Albanian
Algonquin
Arabic
Azerbaijani
Bengali
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Esperanto

Feet Prints
Finnish
French
Gaelic
German
Greek
Gujararti
Haitian
Hebrew
Hindi
Hmong
Hungarian

Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Kirundi
Korean
Lao
Latin
Leaf Prints
Lingala
Lithuanian
Malay
Mongolian

Norwegian
Pashto
Paw Prints
Polish
Persian
Potowatomi
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbo-Croation
Sign Language
Slovak

Somali
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tagalog
Thai
Tibetan
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Yiddish

 

At Peace Plaza One World Comes Together. May Peace Prevail On Earth!

WPFC in Nepal

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

August 20, 2008

The members of The World Peace Prayer Society, including Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, Mr. Yashiyuka Irisawa and Ms. Sachiko Suzuki of  Japan organized a World Peace Flag Ceremony at the JOONEnglish School in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  Two hundred students were in attendance.  It was a WPPC event to pray for world peace and peace in Nepal and Japan.   Respectfully submitted by,  Mr. Rajaram

WPPS Peace Representative News: Arthur Romano-USA

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

January 12, 2009

I just returned from a ‘teaching tour’ in Georgia and Alabama. While there I met several amazing people including a 90 year old man in Birmingham who during the Civil Rights Movement removed a bomb with his own hands and saved a church filled with children from being blown up. He like so many others sacrificed his life in the service of freedom, showing profound courage in the face of racial and economic violence. The freedom we take for granted, such as the right to vote, as 97-year-old Alabama civil rights veteran Amelia Boynton Robinson said, “were not handed down on a silver platter.” Instead, they were successfully fought for in the Civil Rights Movement by nonviolent means. The veterans of that movement are now moving on. It was an honor to personally meet with these inspiring people, to hear their story and realize that  their courageous actions, taken  just a few decades ago, have forever shifted the trajectory of this nation and my life!

For more information on this report, review the following article:

Obama election sparks new interest in civil rights

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE50B4H720090112?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=10112

 

Arthur Romano is a Rotary International Scholar and an active Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society.  Arthur embraces the Universal Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in his personal and professional life.  The essence of the Message is incorporated in his work as a certified nonviolence trainer and educator in countries around the world.

Arthur Romano is a Rotary International Scholar and an active Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society. Arthur embraces the Universal Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in his personal and professional life. The essence of the Message is incorporated in his work as a certified nonviolence trainer and educator in countries around the world.

 

Peace Pole on Hong Kong University Campus-China

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

September 21, 2008

Introduction of the “Peace Pole”, which carved on one side in Chinese “May Peace Prevail in Hong Kong”, by (from left) Professor Lap-Chee Tsui (Vice-Chancellor, HKU), His Excellency Mr Khalid Malik (UN Resident Coordinator – China), Mrs Malik, Dr Albert Wong (District Governor of Rotary International District 3450) and Ms Maria Ying-Matthews (Founder, Peace International Foundation).

Introduction of the “Peace Pole”, which carved on one side in Chinese “May Peace Prevail in Hong Kong”, by (from left) Professor Lap-Chee Tsui (Vice-Chancellor, HKU), His Excellency Mr Khalid Malik (UN Resident Coordinator – China), Mrs Malik, Dr Albert Wong (District Governor of Rotary International District 3450) and Ms Maria Ying-Matthews (Founder, Peace International Foundation).

WPPS Peace Representative News, Melvin Giles-USA

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
June-2008
June-2008 Peace Representative, of The World Peace Prayer Society, Melvin Giles presents a desktop Peace Pole to Dr. Gangadeen at the Creating a Compassionate Democracy Conference.

June-2008 Peace Representative, of The World Peace Prayer Society, Melvin Giles presents a desktop Peace Pole to Dr. Gangadeen at the Creating a Compassionate Democracy Conference.