Archive for May, 2010

Atlanta Peace Trails, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
2010

Handing out free “May Peace Prevail On Earth” peace buttons has been a project of Partnerships In Peace (PIP) since 1985 when Andrea started networking with peace groups around the world. She first found the 7/8” buttons at the Peace Pole Maker in Maple City, Michigan which she ordered in different colors. Eventually The World Peace Prayer Society offered them in larger sizes, but Andrea found people liked the smaller ones which combined easier with other jewelry or a necktie.

Over the years, Andrea collected many interesting stories about the fate of the peace buttons. Her research determined that cashiers were the most likely to ask for them. Andrea would be checking out of a grocery store, and the cashier would ask what the button said. After saying, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” Andrea would ask if they would like to wear it. Like passing the peace, Andrea would take her button off and pin it on the cashier. Amazingly, when Andrea would return days later, the cashier would still be wearing the peace button. She always told the cashier that when they gave their button away, they could call her (giving them a Peace in Partnership business card), and Andrea would give them another. This happened often, to the point that over the years Andrea handed out over a 1000 buttons!

The obvious places Andrea shared the peace buttons were at Earth Day events of the PIP Peace Center, at Peace Rallies, and at different peace events. Andrea was always pleased to find people still wearing them at other events, sharing stories of their own experiences of passing the peace. On any given day, she kept a supply in her bag to give away because someone was always asking about them.

The peace buttons also opened the door to talk about Peace Poles “May Peace Prevail on Earth” which Andrea planted around metro Atlanta. Many Peace Poles were planted because of receiving a peace button, like the day Andrea visited a Bahai’ Unity Church with Gail Lash, PhD, and met Jeff & Sarah Streiff. Jeff was a teacher at Briar Vista Montessori Elementary School in NE Atlanta, where Andrea’s son had attended years ago. Within a year of receiving his button, Jeff had coordinated a Peace Pole in front of the school. Andrea attended the dedication with a tear in her eye, remembering her many years of volunteering in her son’s school when Mr. Stevens was principal. It was like a full circle of cosmic energy for her. The peace button project continues in 2010 to great success.

Vern Cambridge, Director of Tupac Center for the Arts, at the Peace Pole with Andrea Kay Smith in 2009, in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Rose Movement for World Peace, Manila, Philippines

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
May 4th, 2010

Dear Friends,
Namaste and greetings of peace to you all!

I am sending you some pictures from the Rose Movement in Manila for World Peace and from the conference I attended there. I distributed 215 roses in total there and more than 5,000 roses in Nepal so far. I have found that people love roses no matter what race, religion, ethnicity or nationality they belong to and roses appeal to everyone’s heart. It is a universal symbol for love and peace. Although a rose is one, it is of many colors, similarly, we human beings are of many races, ethnicity, color, religion and nationality, and we are still one human family. Therefore, the Rose Movement is to remind us of meaning of unity and oneness, and of the message of Love, Peace, Friendship and Harmony!

I have been successful in using the Rose Movement for conflict resolution when there was a tension across Nepal-India border. People exchanged roses, raised flags of both nations, sang national anthem of both countries and remembered the martyrs of both countries. It was published with great priority on major national media of Nepal and India. We have also been organizing the Rose Movement for building constitution on time in Nepal!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Peace Cheers!
Dr Sushil Koirala

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PEACE POLE IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY, LAKE KATRINE, NY, USA

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

April 22nd, 2010

Hello Ann Marie,

I wanted to share our Peace Pole dedication pictures and a brief story with you.

We are a 6-8 middle school in Lake Katrine, New York (Miller Middle School). We have a student population of about 900 coming from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. On Earth Day of 2010 our environmental club, which I co-advise, helped plant our school’s first Peace Pole. Our dedication ceremony involved the whole school. Our message was one of peace, understanding, and acceptance that we hope our student body will embrace. Our Peace Pole is in the middle of a courtyard which the school surrounds and we hope that students and staff will find themselves looking at the Peace Pole and reflecting on their own lives. Thank you for contacting me and we look forward to years of our Peace Pole bringing our students and staff peace and happiness.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Sincerely,

Bruce Cobb
Co-advsior Miller Environmental Club

Peace Pole Dedication, Temple of Luxor, Egypt

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

April 12th, 2010

Luxor is located in the ancient city of Thebes and served as the Capitol of Egypt some 3,000 years ago. The Temple of Luxor was built by King Amenhotep III and hosted the festival of Opet; one of the most important festivals celebrated in Thebes at that time.

Against this ancient and symbolic backdrop, a Peace Pole was dedicated on April 12th, 2010 by the Temple of Luxor in Abu el-Haggag Square in a grand ceremony co-sponsored by the City of Luxor. The Peace Pole dedication was followed by a World Peace Flag Ceremony with the participation of 250 students who served as flag bearers from the four local schools.

Thirty flag bearers each carrying a colorful flag guided the Peace Pole in the procession as eight small children walked along side the Peace Pole to the dedication site. After the ground was blessed by sufi dancing, the Peace Pole was planted in front of the Temple of Luxor. Poetry and songs were presented by the school children followed by the World Peace Flag Ceremony. The names of the countries of all nations were called out, as the 250 children repeated in unison the word Assalaam which is the word for Peace in Arabic.

Special guests included General Ahmed Ajab, consultant to the Governor of Luxor and other city officials. A very special and beautiful performance was presented by the famous Kassr Saqqafa dance troupe of Luxor.

Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS, from USA was joined by Luca Bordoli, Simona Picchi and Samah Gayed from Italy and Switzerland to assist with the event.

Special thanks to Alessandra Costantini who produced this event with cooperation from the City of Luxor.

Faces of Peace – David Herbling, Kenya

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Faces of Peace – David Herbling, Kenya

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!

Send your Faces of Peace photos to annmarie@worldpeace.org

The 100 Peace Pole project in Slovakia

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

1996-2000

It started in 1996 that Slovakia joined The Peace Pole Project of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), thanks to Mr. Emi from Japan, member of WPPS.

During the course of one month, 100 Peace Poles were transported from Japan to Koŝice in the eastern region of Slovakia.  It was during this time that The Peace Pole Project of WPPS in Japan began its outreach to other parts of the world. Needless to say, it took some effort to have it understand and accepted by the people of Slovakia. But in just a short time the White Harmony Foundation and the Humatrend Peace School Civil Society in the city of Koŝice started to spread the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth!  One-by-one the one-hundred Peace Poles traveled from eastern Slovakia to other areas throughout the country. Forty-one Peace Poles were planted along the way as they traveled through cites and villages.  Forty-nine Peace Poles were planted at Kojŝovskâ hoľa peak which is 1242 meters high; a mountain known as Peace Mountain.

Eight Peace Poles were planted at the World War II field, referred to as Peace Meadow, located in Bratislava, the Capital of Slovakia. The last two Peace Poles were erected in front of an ancient castle in the small village known as Biel.

May Peace Prevail in Slovakia!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Excerpts from report submitted on October 18th, 2000 by:
Klára Hodničová, Peace Representative in Slovakia

Peace Pole at Indian Mountain School, Lakeville, CT, USA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

April 12th, 2010

This beautiful handcrafted wooden Peace Pole was dedicated by students and faculty of Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, New York, as the highlight of the program during their ‘Diversity Day’ celebration.  The Peace Pole bears the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in the following languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Latin.

Peace Pole on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk, VA, USA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

April 20, 2010
Hello Ann Marie,
Thank you for your letter!
We are so happy to take part in the Peace Pole Project!
I have attached a picture of our Peace Pole, which is located in our Peace Garden on ODU’s campus in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sincerely,

Leah Douglas
Graduate Assistant
Division of Student Affairs
Old Dominion University

Peace Representative News: Peace Pole in Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
April 12th, 2010

Under a beautiful and sunny sky, students and teachers of the Michael Oak School in Cape Town, South Africa enthusiastically participated in a very moving Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony.

The  4-sided Peace Pole displays the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in:  English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Japanese.  The Peace Pole was planted near the proposed new entrance of the school.

The following religious leaders were invited to represent the different sectors within the community; in attendance was a:  Rabbi, Swami, Brahmin Priest, Imam and Christian Minister.   Each one spoke to the children on the concept of Peace.

Attendees expressed that they were profoundly moved by the joyful and peaceful atmosphere generated by the World Peace Flag Ceremony!

With much love, fondness and best wishes,
Susan Kaschula, WPPS, Peace Representative in South Africa

Students helping students. A worthy project for a worthy cause! Carmel, NY, USA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

These beautiful Peace Poles were made by students to benefit their fellow students in the Special Ed program at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, NY, USA

“I wanted to update you on the Peace Pole project we have been doing here at the George Fischer Middle School. To date, we have made 20 Desktop Peace Poles and they are all unique and wonderful. We are now going to start selling them to teachers in the building. We made them to include the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in English, French, Italian and Spanish, which are the languages taught in our school. We included flags from each country and added cool stickers to sweeten them up! The students loved making them and they vary in size from about 6 inches to approximately 12 inches.
We made them from a variety of different woods…. trying to keep them interesting.
I have attached photos so you can see the fruits of our labor. I hope you like them!
Proceeds from sales will benefit our special education classes.”


May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Jeff Diamond
George Fischer Middle School
Carmel, New York, USA

Jeff Diamond is the instructor for the Technology class at the George Fischer Middle School.  Last year, Mr. Diamond attended the annual A Call To Peace event at The World Peace Sanctuary when he befriended Jim Dugan, WPPS, Peace Pole maker and they began to formalize their ideas.