Archive for March, 2010

Smile for Peace ~ The World Peace Prayer Society ~ Japan

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Smile for Peace

Smile for Peace and say, “May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

Smile for Peace is an initiative of the members of The World Peace Prayer Society in Japan.
It is an adaptation of Faces of Peace, the International Youth project of The World Peace Prayer Society.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Masayo Shibamoto, Kaganagawa, Japan & Chihiro Oyama, Tokyo, Japan

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Masayo Shibamoto, Kaganagawa, Japan & Chihiro Oyama, Tokyo, Japan

Faces of Peace ~ The World Peace Prayer Society ~ Japan

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Faces of Peace

Join us in our 2010 Youth Campaign to spread universal Peace Message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

Please send us a photograph of yourself, holding up your personal “May Peace Prevail On Earth,” message in your language.

We will be compiling the images and creating a short music video of the many Faces of Peace.  We will also be using your images on our News Blog.

Be sure to pass this along to your friends!

(from left to right and back to front )           Left Back: Yuka Kawamata, Tokyo, Japan - Right back: Akiyama Junko, Tokyo, Japan - Front left: Keiko Okamoto, Hyogo, Japan - Front right: Youka Arai, Tokyo, Japan

(from left to right and back to front )
Left Back: Yuka Kawamata, Tokyo, Japan
Right back: Akiyama Junko, Tokyo, Japan
Front left: Keiko Okamoto, Hyogo, Japan
Front right: Youka Arai, Tokyo, Japan

Williamston Methodist Church Peace Pole – Williamston, Michigan, USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Union Park Peace Pole – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Metal Peace Pole located at the south end of Union Park, on a grassy island between Ogden Ave, Washington Blvd and Warren Blvd.

Peace Pole planted on Youngstown University Campus-Youngstown, Ohio-USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

McIntosh Park Peace Pole – Denver, Colorado, USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Posted: March 24, 2010

SmallPpeace Pole near Denver’s Civic Center Park

Peace Pole planted in Lydgate Park, Wailua, Hawaii-USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Silpis Visit Peace Pole
Silpis went on their monthly outing and visited Lydgate Park and saw the Peace Pole the monks installed there.

200 Peace Poles gifted to America the Beautiful Fund Projects-USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010


Celebrating 30 Years of Service To America!
America the Beautiful Fund Projects (ABF) receives international honor!

ABF was gifted 200 Peace Poles from the Peace Pole Project, an international project of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), for their 30th Anniversary to distribute to the ABF projects throughout the USA.  The 200- 6ft. white vinyl Peace Poles were crafted in Japan, inscribed with the words, “May Peace Be in Our Homes and Community” on two sides and with the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on the other two sides.

In February, the first Peace Poles were presented in Florida to the Fragrance Garden of Lee County in Fort Meyer, New College of the University of South Florida at Sarasota, and Palmetto Elementary School in Miami.  ABF’s President, Nanine Bilski and representatives of the WPPS Peace Pole Project from Japan, including Danielle Sato, from California, USA, attended the ceremonies.  Peace Poles were presented by Members of Congress, Mayors, County Supervisors, Governors and delegates from Japan who came specifically to give these Peace Poles to America the Beautiful Funds Projects.

Below are the locations where the Peace Poles have been planted.


Maine: University of Maine Peace Garden, Portland – Aroostook Youth Gardens, Fort Kent Massachusetts: Senior Housing Garden, Lenox – M.E. Fitzgerald School, Cambridge  – Chelsea Housing Authority Youth Building Project – Somerville Conservation Community Growing Center New Hampshire: Laconia Housing Authority – Shea Farm Halfway House, Concord – Hostelling International White Mountains, Conway – Deerfield County FairgroundsNew York: Seeds for LIFE, Watertown – George W. Brown Garden, New York City – Gleaning Project of the Community Action Agency of Franklin County, Malone – East 16th Street Community Garden, Brooklyn

Rhode Island: Coventry Senior Center Garden
Vermont: White River Junction Beautiful Project – Vermont Anti-Hunger Corps, Waterbury – Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Battleboro


Delaware: Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington – Delaware Correctional Facility, Smyrna – District of Columbia: Project GROW’S Mount Pleasant Community College
Maryland: Maryland Student Union Food Co-op, Kensington – Little Friends of Peace Park, Mt. Ranier  – St. Martin’s Barn, Ridgely – Second Genesis Farm, Bethesda
New Jersey: Morris Canal Park, Clifton – Juvenile Residential Program, Egg Harbor – Boy Scout Troop 212’s Wildflower Meadow, Kinnelon
Pennsylvania: Fleischmann Memorial Baptist Church, Philadelphia – Boelson Cottage, Philadelphia – Delaware Valley Mental Health Foundation, Doylestown – County Camp Sertoma, Harrisburg  – St. Gabriel’s Monastery, Clark’s Summit – Old Dry Road Farm, Berks CountyVirginia: Caring-Connection, Lebanon – Methodist Family Services, Fairfax/Richmond


Alabama: Sylacauga Beautification Committee’s Spring Garden – Habitat for Humanity Community Garden, Montgomery – Marion Wright Edelman Center, Auburn – Lacey Springs Community Association
Florida: Lakes Regional Park Fragrance Garden, Fort Meyers – Oviedo Gardens  – New College of the University of South Florida , Sarasota – Palmetto Elementary School, Miami – Sanborn Square, Boca Raton
Georgia: Morgan County Middle School, Madison – Metter Elementary School – Clyattville Elementary School, Valdolsta – Phoenix Alternative School, Atlanta – Barnett Shoals Elementary School, Athens
Kentucky: Russel Neighborhood Community Gardens, Louisville – Cumberland County Family Resource Center, Burkesville – Bracken County Middle School, Brookville – Southside Circle Housing Project, Mayfield – Nature Academy, Fort Mitchell
Louisiana: Lake Vista Garden, New Orleans – Assumption Church, Cameron – Schumpert Medical Center, Shreveport – Willie G. “Bunk” Johnson Memorial Plaza. New Iberia
Mississippi: Planter’s Hall, Vicksburg – Mississippi Choctaw Indians, Philadelphia  – Tuwiler Community Education Center – New Albany Garden Club
North Carolina: Albemarle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Edenton – Head Start Garden, Goldsboro – R.S.V.P., Charlotte – Pender County Park Project, Burgaw
South Carolina: Project Start garden, Greelyville –AmeriCorps Community Garden, Charleston – John De La Howe School, McCormick – Historic Charleston Foundation – A.L. Corbett School, Wagnener
Tennessee: Brick Church Middle School, Nashville – AmeriCorps, Centerville – Peace Project Garden, Sevierville – Living Quilt Garden, Knoxville
West Virginia: St. Francis Fraternity, Charleston – James Monroe High School, Lewisburg – Braxton County Middle School, Gasaway


Illinois: Beverly Farm Foundation, Inc, Godfrey – Operation New Spirit Garden, East St. Louis – Springfield Fairground – The Cenacle, Warrenville – St. James Church Social Center, Maywood – Du Sable High School Urban Ecology Sanctuary, Chicago

The Peace Flag Project * May Peace Prevail On Earth*

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Space In Between

Inner Peace is a personal quest for peace, and World Peace is the global experience of peace. While we at The Peace Flag Project(PFP) advocate for the individual experience of peace, and hold great hope for World Peace, our Mission is to create peace in the space in between: the space where we live our every day lives. Our goal is peaceful relationships on all levels. Our focus is on how we live with our families, friends, and community members; what kind of citizens, coworkers and colleagues we are; and, how we educate our children and work for social justice. It’s about being able to live a healthy life with meaningful work, good housing and safe neighborhoods. It’s about affirming our need for artistic expression and appreciation for culture in all its diversity. It’s about how we live on this planet and use its resources. It’s about appreciating the connection of all life physically and spiritually.  To learn more, visit:
Our work is to foster peace in our ordinary lives. We do this in three ways:

(1) Creation of Peace Flags
(2) Celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace
(3) Creation of Peace Parks
Peace Poles are often part of these parks, expressing hope for peace in the world with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the local communities ( ).

We believe that each of the things we do helps in a small way to make this a more peaceful world. Everything big begins as something small. History tells many stories of enormous changes that began as small ideas or actions. The amazing work of Mahatmas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela all began with small gestures in the right direction. In addition to these important world leaders, ordinary people contribute to peace and kindness and generosity every day. The Peace Pilgrim, who walked across the United States for 30 years, wrote: “One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” We believe this can be so.  Please visit our website:

 ( ). Our work has also been informed by the efforts of Nobel Peace Laureates and the UN to create the Culture of Peace ( ) and the Peace Manifesto to help us all work for peace in that space in between.


Christ Church Peace Pole, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA

Friday, March 26th, 2010


This beautiful 6-sided Peace Pole was dedicated in August. 2008.