Archive for November, 2009

Dedication of the Allanton Sanctuary Garden Gate-Dumfries, Scotland

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Saturday, November 21st,  2009

L to R: Glenda Thorton, Fumi Johns-Stewart, Dagmar Berkenberg, Caroline Uchima, Jessica Shackelton and Sculptor, Richared Brockbank

At The World Peace Prayer Society- Allanton Sanctuary, each totem guardian for the garden gate embodies an element from nature and the animal kingdom.  A planetary guardian carved from Hawthorn, watches over from one of the pillars. The wood used has been taken from the grounds of Allanton Sanctuary. The Elm, Holly and Hawthorn wer standing dead trees. They have been brought back to life with new purpose. Sculptor and friend, Richard Brockbank,  says “I am pleased with the sculpture as a whole. It provides a welcome and at the same time there is a lot that can be discovered by taking time to explore the details which are  not at first obvious – the rabbit at the base of one of the columns and the butterfly on top of another, for example. The form of the wording on the welcome post  inside the garden, ‘Well Come to our Garden” is also done deliberately to encourage people to stop and notice the specialness of the place” The dedication plaque reads: ” Garden Gateway Sculptures. Gift of the Goi Peace Foundation to Allanton Sanctuary. In honour of our mutual values: Reverence for Life. Respect for All Differences. Gratitude for and co-existence with All of Nature.  Harmony between the Spiritual and Material.

Sculpted by Richard Brockbank November 2009. May Peace Prevail On Earth”

Peace Poles in Syria and Doenrade

Friday, November 27th, 2009


Last year I was in Syria and to my great surprise and joy I saw a Peace Pole in the desert in Palmyra. Very special place!

Palmyra was in ancient times an important city of central Syria, located in an oasis 215 km northeast of Damascus. It has long been a vital caravan city for travelers crossing the Syrian Desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert

This summer we planted a Peace Pole in our small village Doenrade in Limburg in the south of The Netherlands. The pole was planted at the church-plaza, right in front of the old rectory were we live. The pastor (priest) blessed the Peace Pole and the statue of Maria that is next to it.
Mariean Schut


Flag Ceremony at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY-USA

Friday, November 27th, 2009

November 18, 2009

Staff members, Jim Dugan, Linda Gebbia and Ann Marie Williams of The World Peace Sanctuary were asked to present a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Hundreds of students gathered in the student lounge at Vassar College in celebration of the annual gathering, Kaleidoscope!

This event started 5 years ago by the Vassar International Student Association and the Office for International Services to embrace diversity and celebrate one another. Approximately 10% of the students who attend are from over 60 countries!

An international theme was presented from culinary cuisine to entertainment.

The colorful display of UN member state flags was the added touch that served as a presentation to the introduction of the procession of flags that began the evening’s Program. Each student carried a flag, and then said a few words about the country they are from, closing with the message and prayer May Peace Prevail On Earth!


Organized by Vassar student:

Maria Alexandra Ciucu
Office for International Services Intern
Vassar International Student Association VP









WPPS presents Peace Pole to Oahu Coast Guard-Hawaii-USA

Friday, November 27th, 2009

November 18th, 2009

The Acting 14th District Commander Capt. Bill Marhoffer and Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Carl Barnes accepted on behalf of the entire Coast Guard Hawaii Ohana a Peace Pole from the World Peace Prayer Society on Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 2009. Representatives from all of the 14th District’s operational units attended the ceremony in which a hand-crafted Peace Pole monument inscribed with the message,  ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ was presented.
May Peace Prevail on Earth.
May peace be every country throughout the world.
Infinite Harmony and Infinite Peace!
Masayo Shibamoto

 Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society
Youth Volunteer member of Goi Peace Foundation
Goi Peace Foundation:
“Peace begins in the hearts and minds of individuals.”





Peace Pole Project in Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Monday, November 23rd, 2009




September 21st, 2009

Black Rock Branch Library

2705 Fairfield Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06605-3043

English, Spanish, Japanese, and American Sign Language (ASL)

Monday, November 10th, 2008

St Ann School

521 Brewster St

Bridgeport, CT 06605-3496

English, Creole, Italian, and Aramaic

In honor of Veteran’s Day

September 22, 2008

Black Rock Elementary School

545 Brewster St

Bridgeport, CT

Flag Ceremony for students’ countries of origin (re-dedication of their peace pole in honor of International Peace Day)

September 20th, 2007

Black Rock Elementary School

545 Brewster St

Bridgeport, CT

English, Spanish, French, and Animal Tracks


Submitted by:  Gail Ostrow, Peace Pals Coordinator, Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Peace Pals Coordinator plants Peace Pole, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

2004 to current

It all started when we  saw our first Peace Pole at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT in 2004.   We decided to plant a Peace Pole in our front garden and purchased one
in the summer of 2005. 
A day or two after school started in late August 2005, a press release was written by a friend and local schools and neighbors and town officials were invited to attend.
The day arrived, gorgeous and warm, and sparkling.  Our Buddhist prayer
flags and peace flags were hung around the house.  Our neighbor was here
with three newly hatched Monarch butterflies.  My son and grandson were
here to run the sound system.  My daughter was here from California to film the
event.  About 15 friends gathered around the Peace Pole.  The police came and
blocked off our street.


We saw the children and their teachers coming around the corner, carrying signs and banners (May Peace Prevail On Earth) and wearing hats with peace signs and globes on them.  Students from Black Rock and St Ann schools and children from the two local pre-schools came and filled the front yard and sidewalk and driveway.
The Governor’s representative came and read a proclamation.  The Mayor
came and read his proclamation and sang with the children.  The Peace Pole was
unveiled.  We learned how to say May Peace Prevail On Earth in Japanese,
Khmer, and Hebrew.  All present took a personal peace pledge. 

Each person left a stone at the base of the Peace Pole.
We had great press coverage in the CT Post and on Channel 12.
Gail Ostrow, Peace Pals Coordinator, Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA


Poem from Peace Pals youth, Bridgeport, CT-USA

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


This poem was written by a 6th grade student from Blackrock Elementary School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  

Peace is when you hear your breathing.
You go to your happy place.
You don’t think about destruction.
You think about love and kindness.
This is what we say and practice in Peace Pals.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

We wouldn’t have to say that if we had Peace on Earth!

We stay in our happy place for as long as we can.

We think about waterfalls and animals.

We think of love and kindness and it comforts us one and all.

Ariela Rodriguez
 6th Grade-Peace Pals Group
 Black Rock School
 Bridgeport, CT

Submitted by:  Gail Ostrow, Peace Pals Coordinator

Peace Pals™: Nurturing Inner Peace and Global Awareness in Youth Around the World! USA

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

6th Grade

2nd Grade

5th Grade

2005 to current—

Peace Pals™  is an International program of The World Peace Prayer Society.

Peace Pals is designed to encourage youth, ages 5-19 to become peacemakers dedicated to living in the spirit of the words, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Here are 3 Peace Pals groups. Students from Black Rock School in Bridgport, Connecticut-USA.


May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Gail Ostrow, Peace Pals Coordinator-Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA




















WPPS at Neale Donald Walsch Workshop-Austria

Monday, November 23rd, 2009



The Humanity’s Team is a spiritual movement whose purpose is to communicate and implement the belief that we are all one, one with God and one with life, in a shared global state of being, so that the behavior of humanity may shift to reflect this understanding. Dubbed “a civil rights movement for the soul” the movement has over 20,000 adherents from more than 90 countries on six continents.

Center: Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversation with God

Center: Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversation with God


Humanity’s Team was created by the spiritual author Neale Donald Walsch in 2003 in response to the crisis that he saw the human race facing following the events of September 11th, 2001.


1000 students of Oldham join for World Peace Flag Ceremony-Scotland

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

October 20th and 21st, 2009


The children of Oldham have been busy!




 Glenda and I presented a World Peace Flag Ceremony at Knowsley Junior School as part of their Community Week on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009.  500 Children took part in a World Peace Flag Ceremony at their playground before lunch. On the previous day another 500 children took part in an outdoor World Peace Flag Ceremony in South Failsworth also in Oldham.  Jessica Shakleton, WPPS, Allanton Sanctuary, Scotland