Archive for May, 2009

Peace Representative News: Peace Pole in Bacalar, Mexico

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

April 22, 2009

 

Earth Day was celebrated in Bacalar, a small little town by the most beautiful lagoon in the Mexican Caribbean, known for its historical fort, built back in the seventeenth century as a defense against pirates. Nowadays it harbors a progressive community of people conscious of the importance of preserving the environment and promoting non-violent relations amongst people of different backgrounds.

The ceremony took place in the Central Park. The four directions were opened in the traditional Mayan way to ask the land for permission to perform the ceremony. Deva Avishta, organizer of the event and Patricia Hume, WPPS Representative in Mexico shared a few thoughts around the importance of promoting peace in the world. Patricia said, “It starts by making peace with our own hearts, at home and in our communities.”

People from all over, including community members and tourists, men and women, young and not so young, came together in joy to celebrate their differences, expressed in sacred circle dance, lead by Pablo Scornik who has dedicated his life in promoting harmony and peace.

The Peace Pole was hand-carved by Alfredo, who translated the mantra May Peace Prevail On Earth in Maya, the ancient pre-Hispanic language of the local culture.

In Maya, he said, “there is no such a word as peace.” The closest translation of May Peace Prevail On Earth is TE YUKSILE YOK KABIL. Its meaning is a broader one, encompassing the happiness and well being of all creatures, co-existing in the Universe, including the wish that all may realize the highest! He also carved the mantra in English, Spanish and Tibetan so that it can remind people visiting Bacalar of the importance of keeping peace present anywhere and at all times.

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

Patricia Hume, WPPS Representative in Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE POLE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Since 2002

Gift from The World Peace Prayer Society

WPPS Staff: Ann Marie Williams & Jim Dugan, WPPS, UN Rep., Deborah Moldow, WPPS Member, Reiko Kamozawa

WPPS Staff: Ann Marie Williams & Jim Dugan, WPPS, UN Rep., Deborah Moldow, WPPS Member, Reiko Kamozawa

The World Peace Prayer Society began its partnership with the UN Department of Public Information in 1998. Mr. Hasan Ferdous of DPI announced at an NGO briefing that he was planning to invite local schoolchildren to special programs in observance of several UN-designated days, such as Human Rights Day, World Environment Day and the International Day of Peace. WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow asked whether DPI might be interested in incorporating a ceremony for the students to raise the flags of all the UN Member States on the International Day of Peace – a tradition that has continued throughout the years.

The International Day of Peace student observance has grown to include an address by the Secretary-General, UN celebrity Messengers of Peace and live video conferencing with UN Peacekeeping sites in various parts of the world. In addition, WPPS has worked with DPI, along with like-minded NGOS Pathways To Peace and the United Religions Initiative, to increase public awareness of the International Day of Peace across the globe.

In 2002, the Society acknowledged this very special partnership by presenting the UN Department of Public Information with a six-sided Peace Pole with the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. This Peace Pole was constructed with a slot so that visitors to the UN could insert their own prayers and messages for peace. The Peace Pole accepted messages at the tour desk in the center of the UN headquarters lobby for almost two years, an unprecedented amount of time for any unofficial object to be on display!

The UN Peace Pole now continues to stand vigil on the lower level of the UN, in the visitors’ area, where it quietly radiates its powerful call to all nations: May Peace Prevail On Earth!

World Peace Flag Ceremony in Hudson, New York, USA

Monday, May 4th, 2009

April 22nd, 2009

The Hudson Earth Day, World Peace Flag Ceremony took place Wednesday evening and honored countries form around the world.  Volunteers from Columbia County carried flags on stage, while each country was recognized by the audience saying, “May Peace be in (country name).”  The words, May Peace Prevail On Earth, echoed throughout the room at the closing of the ceremony.

 The Event was organized by Christianna Abel, a member of The World Peace Prayer Society who held these ceremonies in Massachusetts for eight years.  This is her first time holding a World Peace Flag Ceremony in the Hudson area, where she now lives. 

 

 

Peace Pole at Buddha Jewel Monastery, Seattle Washington, USA

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

April 28, 2009

A beautiful sculptured Peace Pole has been planted on April 28th, 2009 at the Buddha Jewel Monastery in Seattle Washington.

Today, May 3, 2009 was the first public event in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday at the Monastery since the Peace Pole was planted a few days ago.

Here is the link to the photo album of one of the Zen Masters at the Monastery, Master Jian Du, that shows the construction and final placement of the Peace Pole in Chinese and English, with three sides remaining for additional languages in the future.

 http://picasaweb.google.com/masterbigatchungtai/TheHistoryOfDharmaWheelAndPeacePoleAtBuddhaJewelMonastery#

WPPS Peace Representative News: Peace Pole in Kenema, Sierra Leone

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

April 26, 2009

Peace Pole dedicated was held on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at the 57th Annual Anniversary celebration of the Government Secondary School Kenema and the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA).

The Peace Pole was then unveiled by the following people as seen in the photograph: Mr. I.S.Kamara President of KOSA, Mrs. Kamara First Lady KOSA, Mr.Sulay Daramy Director General Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (member of KOSA), Mr. Mohamed S. Kabba KOSA Chairman Northern Region,Mr. Abdulai Koroma President Sierra Leone Teachers Union (Member KOSA),the Deputy Mayor of Kenema City Mrs. Margret Shiaka and one of the youngest pupils of the school who is seen in the photo reading the messages on the Peace Pole.

The Peace Pole was then unveiled by the following people as seen in the photograph: Mr. I.S.Kamara President of KOSA, Mrs. Kamara First Lady KOSA, Mr.Sulay Daramy Director General Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (member of KOSA), Mr. Mohamed S. Kabba KOSA Chairman Northern Region,Mr. Abdulai Koroma President Sierra Leone Teachers Union (Member KOSA),the Deputy Mayor of Kenema City Mrs. Margret Shiaka and one of the youngest pupils of the school who is seen in the photo reading the messages on the Peace Pole.

Late last year there were frequent violence incidences at inter-school activities, as a result of that my organization, the Youth Alliance for Peace and Development (YAPAD) approached the UNDP country office to support the Peace Ambassadors project designed to address the issue of violence in schools.  The aim of this project is to employ participatory methods in increasing youth knowledge of the concepts of peace, democracy, the rule of law, political competition, tolerance and good governance and to empower each organization’s members to take leadership and engage their peers and their communities in a dialogue on the issue through group meetings, learning circles, role play and participatory theatre.

The UNDP approved and funded the Peace Ambassadors Project. Peace Ambassadors Clubs were then created in 26 Secondary schools and were funded to promote peace in their schools and at inter-school functions.
The Government Secondary School Kenema used their funds to erect a Peace Pole that was dedicated by Bockarie Enssah, Peace Representative and National Coordinator for YAPAD and Assistant Social Secretary KOSA.

May Peace Prevail in Sierra Leone!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Bockarie Enssah, WPPS Peace Representative

 

 

Peace Poles in Tanzania

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Kibo Hotel, Marangu Town (at base of Mt. Kilimanjaro), Tanzania

Kibo Hotel, Marangu Town (at base of Mt. Kilimanjaro), Tanzania

Site of the former Slave Market (now a church, Anglican I believe), Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Site of the former Slave Market (now a church, Anglican I believe), Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Peace Poles in Tanzania

May-2009

More photographs of Peace Poles submitted by a passionate peace activist and explorer, Marilyn Hill of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada who is inspired by the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and The Peace Pole Project.

Peace Poles in Ontario, Canada

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

April 18, 2009

 

St. James'-Rosemount United Church, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

St. James'-Rosemount United Church, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

At the Peace and Carrots Labyrinth and Community Garden located at St. James’-Rosemount United Church, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, the languages on the Peace Pole are English, Hebrew and Arabic (the three Abrahamic languages), Seneca (a native language close to what the now-extinct indigenous “Neutral” Indians spoke) and Braille.
 The garden was built in 2000 to celebrate the millenium and the 75th anniversary of the United Church of Canada.  The labyrinth and peace pole were added a couple of years later. 
The first Peace Pole I encountered was at Camp Cantebury Hills, an Anglican Church Camp, in Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  That was the inspiration to install a Peace Pole at St. James’-Rosemount.  Since then I have been taking photos of Peace Poles.  I’ve attached some of the pictures for everyone to see.
 
May Peace Prevail On Earth,
Marilyn Hill
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Camp Cantebury Hills (Anglican), Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Camp Cantebury Hills (Anglican), Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Parkminster United Church, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Parkminster United Church, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Pine Grove Elementary School, Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada

Pine Grove Elementary School, Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada