Archive for October, 2010
September 25th, 2010
A Call To Peace in honor of the International Day of Peace (IDP),
is an annual peace gathering held at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society and home of The Peace Pole Project.
September 21st marks the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, designated by resolution in 1982 for the purpose of highlighting efforts to end conflict, cease fire and promote peace.
We felt that this year is a particularly important year to recognize the absolute necessity of everyday peace work in our lives. The emphasis reflected in A Call To Peace 2010 theme, in relationship to IDP, with offering 4 Peace Poles, handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary designated for Afghanistan. Attendees were invited to submit written prayers for the people of Afghanistan. The prayers were sent along with the Peace Poles that will be dedicated in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The day in its entirety was truly a magnificent! Mother Nature blessed us with a perfect summer-like day as did the 74 plus youth who participated in our Program, such as the Nepalese dancers and young Chinese singers, the local Hudson Valley Girl Scouts and Peace Pals group from Connecticut!
Each year, our gathering is held under the canopy of a century-old Walnut Grove, where people join in prayer ceremony for the indigenous peoples of The United States of America. More than 200 Native American Nations were honored as each tribal name was announced and blessed by the attendees, praying May Peace Prevail On Earth for the ancestors of USA, followed with prayers for the 50 USA states and its territories.
The Finale, a beautifully orchestrated World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony, in which flag bearers carried a national flag representing the 195 countries of the world, as participants proudly proclaimed May Peace Prevail On Earth for the people and land in each country.
This year marks the 13th Annual Peace Pals International Art and Award Ceremony. Names of the winners in each of the 4 categories were announced. All artwork submissions were beautifully displayed on panels for all to enjoy.
To view the winning entries, please visit: www.wppspeacepals.org.
Aziz Royes from Marefat High School, Kabul, Afghanistan
Gloria Waslyn, with her Peace Parrots: Merlin, Baby and Peace-nik
Pushkar Shah from Nepal -Who traveled around the world, then riding a bicycle in 143 countries to spread the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Ananta Risal, Friends of Nepal
The Program was complete with entertainment:
Special songs and peace message from the Chinese-American children
Peace songs and music, provided by Chris Farrell, Aliza Hava, Caitlin Keeler, Cecelia St. King and Nathan Mandracchia
Demonstration of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
Peace Pals Presentation from Black Rock School and Longfellow School in Connecticut
Nepalese Drums & Dance, Japanese dance and Hawaiian dance
The activities for Children and Adults, included:
Beading, Piece by Peace, Origami Peace Cranes, Face Painting, Pinwheels for Peace
Display of Onagadori Exotic Chickens from Japan
The grove area was sprinkled with a variety of non-profit organizations and its members who came to share their work and contribution toward Peace and Harmony for All Life on Earth.
The Finale also included the release of the beautiful Monarch Butterflies by Pat du Plessis, from Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm.
It was a very sacred ceremony and symbolic to our existence, enveloping humanity, nature and mother earth in the process of metamorphosis, reminding us that transformation is possible, as is manifesting the Universal Prayer and Message,
May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Ann Marie Robustelli
The World Peace Prayer Society, Headquarters
Wassaic, New York-USA
September 21st, 2010
Unity Made Visible, a cooperation circle of the United Religions Initiative, hosted a re-dedication ceremony of the Peace Pole at Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, NY on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. A beautiful interfaith ceremony on the theme of “Rededicating Ourselves to Peace” was hosted by Pastor Paul Briggs and members of Antioch, which was celebrating its 116th anniversary. Sunera Rahman of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society offered remarks on the meaning of light in Islam. Everyone gathered read a different inspiring quote from various peace leaders and sang together, “Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me.”
Deborah Moldow, who also leads the United Religions Initiative cooperation circle at the United Nations, led a moving World Peace Prayer Ceremony with prayers sent to many nations of the world as each flag was raised in turn. As the dusk grew deeper, everyone lit a candle for a circle of silent prayers.
The event closed with a song about love and peace.
Unity Made Visible has become known in the area of Northern Westchester for its learning series about different faith traditions, its popular Food and Faith event, and its joyful community sings.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Representative to the United Nations
The World Peace Prayer Society
Sunday, September 26th, 2010
Our Chapel celebrated The International Day of Peace with a special multifaith prayer and candle lighting service, with participants including:
Ven. Jixing, President, Buddhist Association, Carmel, NY (Buddhist peace meditation), Sunera Rahman, Representative Westchester Muslim Society (Islamic message and prayer), Suzanne Ironbiter, PhD (Vedic peace prayer chant), Bear Walker (Native American Four Direction’s peace prayer and drumming), Rona Levine (Jewish reflections on the light), Hans Hallundbaek, Pastor (Christian – St. Francis peace prayer).
The service culminated in a festive re-dedication of the Chapel’s Peace Pole with flags from many countries, led by Interfaith minister Rev. Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society.
Friends and visitors joined in this local effort for global peace and reconciliation.
May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor
Croton Falls Presbyterian Church
September 8th, 2010
Bethel has been partnering with the Frogtown/Summit-University (FSU) area of St. Paul for 12 years, providing early childhood education through a Bethel-owned preschool, offering tutoring and mentoring at FSU sites, sending students on service learning assignments, and even offering courses in the area through Bethel’s College of Adult & Professional Studies. This summer, 7 Bethel College of Arts & Sciences students are spending 12 weeks serving in FSU.
Melvin Giles, WPPS Peace Representative is the summer Supervisor and Program Coordinator for the Frogtown/Summit U partnership. Mr. Giles believes that the students’ work is more than a summer job. “These students are explorers and ambassadors for Bethel on an adventure of discovery,” says Giles. “To see these young people flourish and grow is a joy.”