Archive for March, 2009

May Peace Prevail On Earth joins NASA Project

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

March 23, 2009

Mr. Tatomir Ion-Marius, WPPS Peace Representative in Romania, informed us that The World Peace Prayer Society has joined the Glory, “Send your name Around the Earth” project. 

Tatomir submitted the Universal Prayer and Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, to be part of the NASA Glory Mission.

The Glory Mission:

  1. Measure solar energy entering the Earth’s atmosphere
  2. Collect data on the properties of natural and human-caused aerosols in the Earth’s Atmosphere

Glory is a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Mission.

Cactus bears the Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth-Argentina

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

January-2009

 

THIS IS THE STORY OF THE CACTUS.

 

 

 

This cactus has been growing in a pot, in my small terrace since 2000.

 In 2008 after the Annual Gathering of the Peace Project in Uruguay, I decided that my cactus looked like a Peace Pole.  It was now 2.25 meters high.

 On January 7th, 2009, I gently engraved the Peace Message Que La Paz Prevalezca En La Tierra just onto the surface of its outer layer.  Amazingly, I was not stung by its thorns.

 12 Hours later, 12 buds had appeared.  The next morning 3 flowers had opened up. Then 3 more buds appeared both on top and bottom. Over a short period of time, 15 flowers bloomed in all!!

For this wonder, I thank my guardian deities and the cactus’ guardian deities.

Elena Becu

Yolanda Alarcon

Provincia de Buenos Aires

Argentina

WPFC-Season for Nonviolence at the United Nations-USA

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

March 19th, 2009

The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) was a proud co-sponsor of the 12th annual student celebration of “A Season for Nonviolence” at the United Nations on March 19th. The event honors the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a 64-day “season” inaugurated by the Association for Global New Thought along with the M.K. Gandhi Center and the King family.

500 school children from fourth grade to high school filled a large conference room and found the flag of one of the UN Member States at their seat. They were given permission to wave the flags every time they heard “May Peace Prevail on Earth” which quickly became a theme of the 90-minute program.

The Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations sponsored the program, with H.E. Mrs. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro delivering a warm welcome address. She spoke about both Gandhi and King, and drew applause by noting the historic U.S. election of its first African-American president. She closed with “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The keynote speaker was the inspiring Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the original Little Rock Nine to integrate the Alabama school system in 1957.

Youth performers included Akash Goyal, a young Jain who gave a history of Gandhi; Laurent Milne, who wrote and performed a powerful monologue about becoming “Color Blind;” a children’s Peace Chorus led by New Jersey teacher, Mr. Ray; and the students of teacher George Anthony’s conflict resolution program at Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island, NY. The students delivered highly personal accounts of being bullied for their diversity and choosing nonviolence. They also ended with “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow led everyone in the World Peace Flag Ceremony, accompanied by PowerPoint projections of regional maps, country names and photographs. Everyone participated with great joy, sending the message of peace to each region.

 

  For the finale, everyone stood – including the speakers – and pointed their flags at a large flag of the United Nations, envisioning a world of nonviolence for a final heartfelt, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”Our appreciation goes to the Temple of Understanding for their outstanding organization of this stirring event, which will be long remembered by the students and educators.

 Dr. Terrence Roberts of The Little Rock Nine with Deborah Moldow, WPPS-UN Representative

Dr. Terrence Roberts of The Little Rock Nine with WPPS, UN Representative, Deborah Moldow

Peace Pole at Healing Center in NYC-USA

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

 

March- 2008

Reiko Kamozawa, member of The World Peace Prayer Society gifted a Peace Pole to the H&D Physical Therapy Center located in New York City.  The Peace Pole bears the Peace Message in English, Italian and Japanese. The 4th language plate reads: May Peace Prevail In The United States of America. The 6 foot, 4-sided cedar Peace Pole, was hand-crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary and placed in a metal stand for indoor use.

Rotary Clubs to Twin School Peace Initiative: Canada

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

For the past four years, Rotarian Anna Jurak, Peace Committee Chair of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland has hosted a “Peace School” designation program in partnership with local school boards in Essex County.

The Program:
To designate schools annually as Peace Schools. Schools that achieve an 80% designation on the self-assessment questionnaire are designated as Peace Schools. The top 4 schools receive a “Peace Pole to erect in their school yard and a ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

The Peace Schools receive a Peace Pole Ceremony at the school and an all inclusive peace party, where each student is gifted a jelly bracelet with the inscription, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The 4-sided Peace Pole is inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in English, French and two languages of choice by the schools that reflect their multicultural make-up of the school population.

 Members of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland:   Shelia Blair Mosley, Joyce Jones and Anna Jurak

Members of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland:Darren Winger, Betty Maddocks. Anna Jurak, Julie Dragich, Sam Dragich, and Zina Vivier, Principal at Immaculate Conception School.

 

250th Anniversary of Robert Burns-Dumfries-Scotland

Friday, March 13th, 2009

January 25th, 2009

The 250th Anniversary of Robert Burns birth was on 25th January 2009. He is Scotland’s National Bard and wrote the numerous songs including the world famous Auld Lang Syne. He lived in Dumfries and also at Ellisland Farm, which is only two miles from Allanton Sanctuary.

A big celebration was held in Dumfries to mark the occasion and to begin “2009 The Year of Scotland’s Homecoming.”  All the people around the world who have ancestral roots in Scotland are invited to come home to visit Scotland this year!!!!

A big lantern parade was organised with over 17,000 people. Allanton Sanctuary staff and volunteers made a big world lantern 1.5 meters in diameter.  It was made from willow and tissue paper.   It had May Peace Prevail On Earth written across one side and a quote from Robert Burns on the other side. It took four people to carry it but it was great fun to be part of the parade.

WPFC-Findhorn-Scotland

Friday, March 13th, 2009

February 8th 2009

It had snowed overnight, so the Allanton Sanctuary staff walked carefully from the car, over the snowy path, with the flags in the stands! We made our way to the ballroom in Cluny Hill College, which is part of the Findhorn Foundation, for a World Peace Flag Ceremony, which was organised by Katharina Brocke. It was held after a morning of Taize singing in the same beautiful room. It was a very focused Ceremony and many of the participants were close to tears as the country flags were presented in continental order. Afterwards we held hands and danced together!

We also went to acknowledge the Peace Pole in the garden that looked radiant in the snow.

May Peace be in Scotland.  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

WPFC- Middle East Event-Allanton Sanctuary-Scotland

Friday, March 13th, 2009

February 19, 2008

A World Peace Flag Ceremony held in the Peace Room at Allanton Sanctuary in Dumfries, Scotland to support the 2009 Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace which is being held from February 28th to March 15th in Edinburgh. This is the fourth year that we have supported this event by having a Flag Ceremony and this year was the most successful. Allanton Sanctuary linked up with Dumfries Interfaith and Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association to help organise the programme. There were 50 people present including children. We started with live music, a Muslim call to prayer, a Nasrudin Story and then the World Peace Flag Ceremony in which everyone took part. Afterwards, there was a sharing of the common values in religion and a candlelit walk to the labyrinth followed by the most delicious vegetarian Middle Eastern feast. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

May Peace be in the Middle East. May Peace Prevail On Earth.

WPPS Peace Representative News: Rotary Peace Schools Wat Kunaram, Samui, Thailand

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
January 30, 2009   

Celebration of the newest Rotary Peace School and 3rd Peace Pole dedication by students, teachers and school officials in Samui.
The photographs at Wat Kunaram feature the Headmistress Artchara Chuainum, school official Nuttee Srikong, current Rotary Club of Samui (ROCKS) President Phillip Parker, ROCKS PP Adele Smith, and Rotary Special Peace Ambassador Jeffrey Reiss.
 The Peace Pole was dedicated in the garden at Wat Kunaram on January 30, 2009 to celebrate completion of a major ROCKS project to expand the school’s kitchen and dining hall which feeds over 160 children here on Ko Samui, Thailand. Wat Lamai and Wat Jiang were Rotary Peace Schools 1 and 2.
This Rotary Peace Pole proudly joins hundreds of others in the Rotary Peace Schools movement in multiple districts worldwide. 
Peace Pals and The World Peace Prayer Society were proud supporters of all these efforts.
Please see more info and photographs at 
www.rotarypeacecities.info

May Peace Prevail On Earth! 

Jeff Reiss- WPPS Peace Representative and Rotary Special Peace Ambassador

WPPS Peace Representative News: Melvin Giles-Minnesota-USA

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

March 5, 2009   NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FESTIVAL

WPPS Peace Representative, Melvin Giles gifts the “seed of peace” Peace Pole to Majora Carter, Executive Director and Founder of Sustainable South Bronx.

 Peace Pole Dedication held at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Festival.The Como students from the local high school along with local government and community members attended the Festival to hear keynote speakers, such as Majora Carter who is the Executive Director and Founder of Sustainable South Bronx in New York and Laureate Scientist, Richard Alley.Mini Peace Poles were gifted to the Speakers and Special Guests. In the Spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!   Melvin Giles, WPPS Peace Representative

 

Como HS Students w/Lynn Elling and Former, Governor Anderson
Como HS Students w/Lynn Elling and Former, Governor Anderson