Archive for December, 2009

Peace Pole near Kasumigaura – Ibaraki, JAPAN

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Date posted: December 8th, 2009

Peace Pole located next to the entrance gate of Koyasu Shrine.

Peace Pole and WPFC presented at the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions Symposium-Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

December 3rd to 9th, 2009

 

A Peace Pole was dedicated at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Tuesday, December 8th, commemorating the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions with a World Peace Prayer Ceremony for “Reconciliation Among Religions and Peace Among Nations.”

Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society with Mr. Lee Harry, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Conference Centre
Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society with Mr. Lee Harry, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Conference Centre

 

Audrey Kitagawa of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions introduced the United Nations International Year of Reconciliation. Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society and Charles Gibbs, Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative, led the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony together, dedicating the Parliament Peace Pole with representatives of different religions who came from all over the world.
Music was provided by Aliza Hava. Blessings of peace were offered by members of the United Religions Initiative including:
Shakuntala Vaswani, Hindu, Philippines
Jinwol Lee, Buddhist, Korea
Amir Farid Isahak, Muslim, Malaysia
Marcus Braybrooke, Christian, U.K.
Eliyahu McLean, Jewish, Israel
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Sufi, Palestine
Yoland Trevino, Indigenous Mayan, America

Center:  Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS– Right: Jenny Funston, WPPS Peace Representative in Australia

 

The Mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

To accomplish this, they invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.

The vision of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which:

 

Religious and spiritual communities live in harmony and contribute to a better world from their riches of wisdom and compassion

Religious and cultural fears and hatreds are replaced with understanding and respect

People everywhere come to know and care for their neighbors

The richness of human and religious diversity is woven into the fabric of communal, civil, societal and global life

The world’s most powerful and influential institutions move beyond narrow self-interest to realize common good

The Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored

All people commit to living out their highest values and aspirations.

May Peace Prevail among Religions!             May Peace Prevail among Nations!

May Peace Prevail among Religions!             May Peace Prevail among Nations!

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!     MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!        MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

Peace Pole erected by URI in the park at the former Berlin Wall – Berlin, Germany

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

April 30th, 2009 

The annual peace prayer in the “Mauerpark” took place on April 30th, 2009 for the seventh time. The “Mauerpark” is the park at the former Berlin Wall, the park which connects former parts of East and West-Berlin.

After the prayer all participants carried the URI Peace Pole to the place, where it was to be erected, with a music group and under the protection of a Berlin TV’s camera team. Taufiq Mempel and Peter Amsler from the URI Berlin CC reminded the audience that the people in Germany themselves, but especially also its neighbors, had to suffer terribly under the effects of World War II. All the more beautiful it is today, to see that there is no hate between the peoples nowadays – as former German Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt says in one of his books.

 The erection of the Peace Pole was supported by URI Berlin, URI Germany, Baha’i Congregation Berlin, German Muslim-League Bonn, Cultural foundation for Interfaith Education and Encounter and the initiative “Love your enemies.”    http://www.uri-europe.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36:peace

 

 

 

Peace Pole planted in 1988-Kapellendorf, East Germany

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

1988

This black and white photograph is of a Peace Pole dedicaton that  took place 21 years ago in East Germany, sponsored by The World Peace Prayer Society in Japan. 

We received wonderful news that the Peace Pole is still there, planted firmly and standing vigil for peace.

“This took place during a time when it was not so easy to import something into East Germany. It involved a lot of patience and documents.  I just think these black and white photos are special.”

May Peace Prevail in East Germany!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS

Munich, Germany Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World March for Peace-Brooklyn, New York-USA

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

November 30th, 2009

Jim Dugan from The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society joined approximately 1200 people from New York City and around the world for The World March for Peace and Nonviolence, http://www.theworldmarch.org/

  The 25 member World March “base team” arrived from Senegal that morning to lead the marchers from Brooklyn Borough Hall, through the wind and rain over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York City Hall for a press conference to start the North American leg of this 90 day, 6 continent journey.

  The basic tenant of the march is the abolition of nuclear weapons; withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories; the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons; the signing of non-aggression treaties among nations and the renunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts.

Pictured L to R:  Kaitlyn Wilkey from Morristown, NJ and Genevieve Murdock from Boston MA. (Genevieve’s uncle happens to be Dennis Redmond, the American Coordinator of the March.)

 

 

Dr. Bruce Lipton receives the 2009 Goi Peace Award-Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

November 8th, 2009

Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The World Peace Prayer Society and President of the Goi Peace Foundation and Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society awarded Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of New Biology. 

Dr. Bruce Lipton accepts award from Mrs. Masami Saionji

Dr. Bruce Lipton accepts award from Mrs. Masami Saionji

 

 

The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organization in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for all life on earth.  Dr. Lipton received the award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2009, which was held at Ginza Blossom Hall in Tokyo on November 8th, 2009.