Archive for April, 2009

Peace Representative News from Finland

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

April 25, 2009

Mussie Hailu, Heidi Rautionmaa,Imam Abdoul-Majid Tahirou-Varjonen, Satu Mustonen

Mussie Hailu, Heidi Rautionmaa,Imam Abdoul-Majid Tahirou-Varjonen, Satu Mustonen

Mussie Hailu traveled to Finland to meet with Heidi Rautionmaa and others from the URI.

Mussie Hailu brought sun to the north from Africa. We have had nice spring weather and we have all also enjoyed the shine that comes out from Mussie Hailu and from his special message in peace building.
 Today Mussie Hailu met the Orthodox bishop Ambrosius and some other interesting figures around the table, and organized a Peace Pole Ceremony to pray peace especially for
Somalia
.
We also met peace activist, Abdihakim Aynte from
Mogadishu.

May Peace Prevail in Finland.
May Peace Prevail in
Ethiopia
.
May Peace Prevail in
Somalia
.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Heidi Rautionmaa

 

 

Peace Representative News: Peace Pole in Kathmandu, Nepal

Monday, April 27th, 2009

April 27, 2009 “World without Peace Is Something like a Body without Soul”

We are all very much aware that the world is changing rapidly but all the changes are not for peace, therefore, peace is now the overriding concern of all the people of the world.

 Nepal is a country of multi-ethnic groups with their own religions, cultures, language and lifestyle.   So, it is irrational to have different opinions.  However, in Nepal, violence has created an adverse effect in the normal routine of life for its people and clearly stresses the need for peace. 

 Certainly, if we fail to create a peaceful society, we will be humiliated by our future generation.  So, peace has become the aspiration of the people of Nepal as well as the people throughout the world.  Keeping the view of the converging point of all these differences is Peace.

A Peace Pole has been planted in the Terrace Park of Dholahiti, Lalitpur as a medium to play for the transformation of our society, community and country into peace.

Certainly, the Peace Pole carrying the message and prayer, May Peace be in Nepal and May Peace Prevail On Earth is simply a vision, a message and a prayer and when spoken can have a positive influence on one’s perspective for the betterment of humanity.  Again, as a person repeats the message May Peace Prevail On Earth    he/she will get the feeling of being powerful and that power will help them to live harmoniously.  I am fully confident that the Peace Pole acts as a bridge between Peace and People and plays a significant role in creating peace in Nepal and in the world.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Suman L. Shrestha, WPPS Peace Representative in Kathmandu, Nepal

Peace Representative News: WPPC at Topanga Earth Day Festival-USA

Monday, April 27th, 2009

 April 22, 2009

Topanga is a small community north of Malibu, California.  The fair ground is situated on a hill side surrounded by lush green trees and grass. It is only 6 miles from the ocean but has a feel of being deep in the mountains. 

 The opening circle/ceremony started Saturday at 11:00 am with a ‘blessing song’ by the local Native American community.

 

 Flag bearers gathered in a large circle in front of an alter decorated with shells and flowers. 

We started with a short explanation on WPPS and its mission. Michelle Hovey gave instruction and called the names of the countries.   Everyone prayed together for each country’s Peace.

When all the countries were called, everyone waved and cheered.  

We were invited to come back again to present the World Peace Flag Ceremony for their future Earth Day Festivals!

Uran Snyder, WPPS Peace Representative in USA

 

WPFC and Peace Pole Dedication – Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

March 29th, 2009

“Aani…Bonjour…Welcome to this World Peace Prayer Ceremony (WPPC) – a wonderful celebration in which people of all races, faiths and cultural backgrounds are invited to join in one voice and one spirit to pray for peace in every country of the world…” were the heartfelt welcoming words expressed by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Lori Adams, WPPS, Peace Representative in Canada.

Lori Adams, an active member of the United Church of Canada and the Sudbury Presbytery were pleased to host the colorful World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony (WPFC) on March 29th. The WPFC was the highlight for the United for Peace Campaign event which was held at St. Andrews United Church, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Campaign is to educate people about root causes of violence and about the work of the partners in Canada and around the world, and to prevent conflict and support reconciliation.

Ann Marie Williams, Assistant Executive Director at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society, traveled from  New York-USA to present the WPFC to a few hundred members. She began the Ceremony by saying, “this Ceremony has been presented on every continent and in every major city throughout the world, including annual Ceremonies held at the United Nations in honor of the Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace.” The universal message of peace, “May Peace Prevail On Earth,” was offered as 195 national flags were presented.

Leading up to the WPFC, Ann Marie gave an introduction to the international Peace Pole Project, in honor of the Peace Pole dedicated to the United for Peace Campaign. The Peace Pole was especially hand-crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary, by craftsman, Jim Dugan. It bears the peace message, in 4 languages: Cree, Ojibwe, French and English. The Peace Pole, placed in a wooden stand will be used at demonstrations and will travel to Peace Symposiums, Peace Initiatives and events hosted by the United Church of Canada.

Barbara Peltier (and her grandchildren) gave blessings in First Nations tradition with a smudge, opening prayer and welcome song.

Chief Miller (photo below) was invited to say a few words of welcome as Chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation. Chief Miller also carried the Anishinabek flag during the Ceremony, preceding the Canadian Flag. Miigwetch! – “Thank-You” was expressed to the First Nations representatives in their native language, Anishaabeowin.

Also, the Honorable Glenn Thibeault, a Member of Parliament, gave warm welcome spoken in native French, then proudly carried the Canadian flag in the WPFC.

The Kampana Quartet had a special song for us and provided a random ringing during the Ceremony. The choir’s bell ringing had great significance in our peace ceremony.

Lori Adams explained to the audience, “during WWII in Europe, community bells were silenced as they were confiscated and remade into weapons of war. Once peace was declared, bells rang throughout villages, towns and cities to announce, May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

Sarah Craig is a well-respected singer/songwriter led the finale song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

April is World Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Each April, the Academy of American Poets creates and distributes—for free—almost 200,000 copies of the current National Poetry Month posters to U.S. schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers to help promote the month-long celebration and to increase poetry awareness.

Celebrate with us!

 Here are some poems submitted by the Staff at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New YorkUSA

 In the Spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!

 

 Colors of the Rainbow

Infinite gratitude for Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

Infinite love for all humankind, all flora, all fauna.

Infinite unity among all the colors of the rainbow.

A ripple effect. A thrown stone in the middle of a pond.

To yearn for world peace. Start with thyself.

You feel it within. Spread it without.

After you feel it, you see it.

Peace spreads into the lives of others.

Others send the Message along.

Gratitude for Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

Love for all humankind, all flora, all fauna.

Unity among all the colors of the rainbow.

Hearing peace. Peace is the powerful spoken word.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Spoken by all the colors of the rainbow.

Written by Sarah Paquette, April 2009 

 

 

The Seed—May Peace Prevail On Earth

By James Millan Dugan © 1985-2009

Pushing up and growing down

Making space within the ground

Taking feed from the earth

For the tree has given birth

Around and around the cycle goes

And for how long no one knows

But still to me with great surprise

This little sapling soon shall rise

And fill the sky above my head

To live on

After I am dead

 

 

I dream the world become peaceful.

I dream people smile and help each other.

I dream we feel the oneness deep in side of us.

I know it is happening

I know we are getting closer

I feel it with great joy

and I keep carrying a thought

Written by, Yashio Mochizuki

May Peace Prevail on Earth

 

 Yoko Ono’s Peace Pole in memory of John Lennon who was advocate for World Peace.

IMAGINE PEACE
 Because if one billion people in the world think peace, we will get peace.
You may think, well, how are we going to get one billion people to think peace?
Remember each one of us has the power to change the world.
Power works in mysterious ways. 

 You don’t have to do much.
 Visualize the domino effect and just start thinking peace.
 The message will circulate faster than you think.
 It’s time for action.
 And the action is peace.
 Spread the word.
 Spread peace.
 As my husband and partner, John Lennon said,
 “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” 
 Thank you.
 I love you.

Yoko Ono

Fall of 2006

Kind regards, Simon Hilton, webmaster

www.IMAGINEPEACE.com

2nd Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition, Munich, Germany

Friday, April 10th, 2009
April 7, 2009

 

 

 

Yesterday was the inauguration of the 2nd Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in “St. Laboure Senior Home” which is 15 miles outside of Munich, Germany. The paintings will remain there until the end of June and then move onto their next location.   

Today, the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition has been placed on the congregation’s webpage under “News”:  

  http://www.barmherzige-schwestern-muenchen.de/index.php?id=48&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=638&tx_ttnews[backPid]=45&cHash=de89e84b4e

This time I could hang up even more paintings as their corridors are pretty long. The inhabitants are “worldly” seniors but also nuns. 

They were all very grateful for this event. They said,  “it brings sunshine into their lives.”

Mother Superior, Sr. Ermenfrieda told me that in the short time since the artwork has been displayed on the corridor walls, she has already received many positive remarks about this new exhibition. Nothing opens the heart of our elders more than a child. Many of the nuns used to teach in schools when they were younger.

 A Peace Pole planting and dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place at “St. Laboure Senior Home” on May 6th.

Dagmar Berkenberg,      

The World Peace Prayer Society office, Munich, Germany

 

 

United Nations News-New York-USA

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

March 24, 2009

Bishop William Swing, H.E. Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the General Assembly and Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society Representative at the United Nations

The founder and President of the United Religions Initiative, Bishop William Swing, visited the United Nations.

 I particularly wanted him to meet the current President of the General Assembly, H.E. Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, both because he is a priest and because he is dedicated to the concept of reconciliation. The “Father” and the Bishop got along beautifully, and had a lovely exchange. At the close of the meeting, I had the opportunity to offer Fr. d’Escoto Brockmann a desktop Peace Pole. Because he is from Nicaragua, I thought he would most appreciate the Spanish, but he was intrigued by the Japanese! He has a lovely scroll over his desk with Japanese calligraphy expressing a beautiful sentiment on humility.
Deborah Moldow, WPPS Representative at the United Nations
May Peace Prevail in the United Nations!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole planted in the Philippines

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

March 25, 2009

 

 

 These beautiful photographs of a Peace Pole recently planted in Mindanao, a region of much conflict in the Philippines, were sent by Charles Gibbs, Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative (URI), who has just returned from a URI peace-building mission there.
Charles is the one with the beard, holding the dove for release.
WPPS Peace Representative Mario “Toots” Fungo is on the left in the second photograph – infinite gratitude to him for all the Peace Poles he has planted!

WPPS Peace Representative of The Netherlands—Australia

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

March 25, 2009

I presented to members of the Rotary club of Wooloongabba based in East Brisbane, Australia. My presentation was geared towards introducing myself to Rotarians who have funded my studies. It was also a way of sharing with them my past activities around peace promotion.
Talking about my peace work will definitely create a chapter directly related to The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) as my first contact in promotion global peace. So my presentation was both about The World Peace Prayer Society and my humble self.
During my presentation, I told them about my work experience with WPPS and the importance of our message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” I also mentioned about the working relationship between WPPS and the Rotary. The materials which you sent were very helpful in underscoring what I presented about WPPS. I distributed the literature to them including the stickers. They shared their appreciation with me after the presentation.
I received a Rotary Fellowship in 2008 for a Masters program in Peace and Conflict Resolution and International Studies at the
University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia
. It is a tradition that upon our arrival, we must give a talk at a Rotary Clubs in the country of study. The Rotary Club of Woolloongabba is my host Rotary Club.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Regards,
Teddy Foday-Musa
Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society in The
Netherlands

May Peace Prevail in Pakistan

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

March 30, 2009

First, we installed a stall on Spring Festival in Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh. The stall showed our banners, posters, stickers, newsletters and other material. We had peace prayer written on a big banner. The peace prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth and May Peace be in Pakistan was signed by more than 500 people. The Harmony Foundation stall was visited by youth especially girls, women, college and university boys, social workers, police, government officials and children. It was a very successful activity. You can see the pictures of the Spring Festival stall on the album http://picasaweb.google.com/toba.youth/HarmonyFoundationPictures#

 Second big program we held on March 31 was the commemoration of the martyrs of the police training centre which was captured by the terrorists on March 30 and eight police trainees were martyred and more than 100 were injured. We gathered on the main crossing of the Toba Tek Singh city at 8:00 pm and more than 150 people lit candles in the memory of those police men who lost their lives in the terrorists attack. The program was attended by the mayor of the district, elected members of Provincial Assembly and police officers and women and youth. We also remembered all those martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the effort to build peace in the society.

Atif-Harmony Foundation