Archive for January, 2010

Kansas State University dedicates Peace Pole to celebrate a decade of nonviolence education-Kansas, USA

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

January-through April-2010

MANHATTAN — The impact of nonviolence education at Kansas State University over the last decade will be the focus of the 2010 Season of Nonviolence, Jan. 30-April 4. This year’s theme is “For the Public Good.”

“We’ve been working for a decade now to build a safe and equitable campus and community, using proactive, nonviolent strategies, tactics and tools,” said Susan Allen, K-State’s Director of Nonviolence Education Programs. “Students new to the university probably don’t realize that many familiar programs — SafeZone, noontime yoga, the international TV in the K-State Student Union, K-State’s Peace Pole and others — were created by their fellow K-Staters through the Campaign for Nonviolence.”

 The observance was started in 1998 and has grown into an international event.

A full listing of events for the Season of Nonviolence is available at

Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506








Traveling Peace Pole at URI event in Finland

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


From Left to Right: Karimah Stauch, Heidi Rautionmaa, Hülya Kytö and Marja Bergen  


Karimah Stauch, European Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative (URI) visited Finland last October.

There was a Book Fair in Turku at that time and some members of the URI Community Circle attended to read the “Golden Rule” from their religions.

The event was organized by the Union for Christian Culture.

The flags of symbols were kindly borrowed from Helsinki Community Circle.

The Peace Pole travels with me to events.

All the best,

Heidi Rautionmaa, WPPS Peace Representative in Finland

May Peace Prevail On Earth!







Peace Pals International Art Awards Ceremony-England

Saturday, January 30th, 2010



TWO pupils have scooped prestigious international awards after their school spread the message of peace and goodwill across the borough.
Youngsters at St Paul’s Primary School, Royton, have been passing on the wisdom of

 May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
It is one of the first schools in England to pursue the Peace Education Programme written by
Glenda Thornton, associated with The World Peace Prayer Society and The Allanton Sanctuary in Scotland and has been active in the promotion of The World Peace Flag Ceremony throughout Oldham.
As part of the work to spread the message of international peace and community cohesion, three classes — Year One, Two and Five — took part in the 12th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards, a Programme of The World Peace Prayer Society-Nurturing inner peace and global awareness in youth around the world. They were asked to design and create a piece of artwork which celebrated and illustrated the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, and incorporated the theme for the 2009 Peace Pals International Exhibition and Awards.
Judges received 4,000 entries from 33 countries, and two talented pupils emerged triumphant, with Amelia Hall (10) awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ and classmate Mia Newman (10) granted the ‘Ambassador for Peace for England’ award.
The duo’s achievements were celebrated in an assembly, where they received certificates for their artwork.
Jane Jefferson, who coordinated the project and delivers the Peace Education Programme in the school, said: “We are very proud of our pupils’ achievement.
“We at St Paul’s are dedicated to the vision of community cohesion and international peace.
“Our links with The World Peace Prayer Society is helping us as a school to move forward in our work towards a happier, more contented and peaceful society.
“The message is that peace begins within us all and this philosophy was expressed beautifully by our pupils through the art competition. We are so proud that their efforts and attitudes have been internationally recognised.”

To learn more about Peace Pals International, please click on the link below:


Date online: 30/11/2009







California Lutheran University to Dedicate Peace Pole, California, USA

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

January 29th, 2009

California Lutheran University (CLU) will dedicate a Peace Pole at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, outside Samuelson Chapel at the Thousand Oaks Campus.

The Peace Pole is inscribed with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in nine different languages – Arabic, Braille, Chinese, Chumash, English, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian and Spanish. The inscription will be read in each language during the ceremony.

The public ceremony will feature prayer and music. Presenters will announce the names of every nation in the world and share quotes about peace. Chumash representatives will also participate in the dedication.

CLU chose to participate because the project fits with the university’s mission to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment and committed to service and justice. The university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Peace Pole Project also reflects that organization’s commitment to making positive changes in the world.

CLU plans to rededicate its Peace Pole each year.

For more information, contact Linda Boberg, assistant director of multicultural and international programs, at (805) 493-3323 or

Peace Pole Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


The Peace Pole Garden is a peaceful area, with a winding path and 6 granite benches inscribed with “May Peace Prevail On Earth in Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili.”

Since its inception and Peace Pole dedication in the fall of 2005, people gather at the Peace Pole Garden in the Anderson Township on New Year’s Day to offer prayers and thoughts for peace for the coming year.

The Peace Pole Project (Peace Poles bearing the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth) is exclusively a project of The World Peace Prayer Society.








Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, delivered throughout Pakistan

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

December 26th, 2009

I am sending you the report in the form of photographs taken in different congregations.

I hope you will encourage my efforts in maintaining peace on earth and participating in your mission to spread the Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth. I have delivered my sermons on peace in Gharmola, Qila Maja Singh, Kot jan  Buksh, Chakanwali and Jhatanwali, Govt Primary School Afzal town Ladewalwarraich.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas season and a happy wonderful New Year.
Your Brother in Christ, Rev Binyamin Muttoo


Peace Pole with Peace Message in Southern Sami language, Norway

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


Baajh raeffiem eatnamisnie årrodh is the Southern Sami translation of May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Southern Sami  is the south-westernmost of the Sami languages.

It is a seriously endangered language; the last strongholds of this language are the municipalities of Snåsa and Hattfjelldal in Norway. There are approximately 2000 people considered ethnically Southern Sami in Norway and Sweden, but only approximately 500 of them can fluently speak the language.




Peace Pole in Doenrade, Limburg, The Netherlands

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


This summer we planted a Peace Pole in our small village Doenrade in Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. The Peace 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
Doenrade, Limburg, Netherlands

Peace Pole sighted in Palmyra, Syria

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


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

I wish you all a very good, healthy, spiritual new year; that 2010 may bring more peace and love in our lives.

Mariean Schut






Peace Pole in Sharon Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


The Peace Pole was planted in Beech Tree Park, a town piece of land on Pond Street in Sharon, Massachusetts.

We learned about The Peace Pole Project from a member of the community who helped build the community park.

 Teens from Interfaith Action’s Youth Leadership Program planned a multi-cultural celebration, including dance, music, poetry, and readings and then dedicated the Peace Pole.  Over 150 members of the community took part in the event.

Janet Penn

Executive Director

Interfaith Action, Inc.