Archive for November, 2010

Girl Scout official Peace Pole Dedication, Mooresville, NC-USA

Monday, November 29th, 2010

October 24th, 2010

Dear Ann Marie Robustelli,

I am so pleased to attach links to articles from our local newspapers highlighting our Peace Pole. It was a wonderful event, and the girls are so proud and happy to have earned their Bronze Award. They loved all the goodies you sent to them, especially the mini Peace Poles and their silver bracelets! Thank you again so very much for all of your encouragement along the way.

May Peace Prevail in North Corolina! May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Thank you!
Laurie Jasany
Leader, Junior Troop 10243
Mooresville, NC 28117

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/17/1832856/girl-scouts-build-a-peace-pole.html

http://mooresvilleweekly.com/news/2010/11/girl-scouts-plant-peace-pole-for-bronze-award-project/

WPPCs at G20 Moral Politics Summit in Seoul, KOREA

Monday, November 29th, 2010

November 9th, 2010

The World Peace Prayer Society was invited to present two World Peace Prayer Ceremonies at an interfaith conference on the theme of G20 Moral Politics in Korea organized by Ven. Chung Ok Lee of Won Buddhism.

International singer/songwriter Aliza Hava led a musical peace chant of “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” with the support of a Peace Choir made up of Israelis and Palestinians of three faiths, during the first WPPC on November 9th. The ceremony followed a summit on the theme of Universal Ethics. The summit issued a declaration to present to members of the G20 meeting of heads of state also being held in Seoul the same week.

Koreans raised the flags of all nations, joined by 60 participants from around the world. After the prayers for all the countries of Asia, everyone stood for a special prayer for peace in Korea, the most profound moment of the day. The screen on stage showed a photo of international members of the United Religions Initiative praying for peace at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in 2005, all holding stickers saying “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in Korean.

Two additional summits followed, one on the empowerment of women and the second on the Dialogue among Civilizations Cultures and Religions. A panel of representatives of various religions was moderated by WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow.

Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society also led a second World Peace Prayer Ceremony at the Won Buddhist Holy Land in Youngsan, Korea on November 12th to close a beautiful day of prayer, meditation and a musical offering of the Pool of Prayers from Carman Moore’s “Mass for the 21st Century.” Everyone held the flags in a giant circle, calling out the country names and praying together, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

WPPC at Prayer Vigil for the Earth, Washington, DC, USA

Monday, November 29th, 2010

October 8-10th, 2010

Prayer Vigil for the Earth – Washington, DC

WPPC at vigil organized by Turtle Women Rising, the Prayer Vigil for the Earth (headed by dear friend of WPPS Sharon Franquemont) and the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The Vigil now has its own Peace Pole, which was on display.

The flags were put on display with assistance from numerous children, directed by Diane Williams. Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society led the ceremony, while Monica Willard, WPPS Peace Representative led everyone in a May Peace Prevail On Earth chant composed by her friend, musician Jackie Tice, for a UN IDP observance several years ago
After the prayers for the UN nations, everyone called out their Native American nations to be included in the moving ceremony.

Central Park Vigil for International Peace and Ecology – NYC, USA

Monday, November 29th, 2010

September 18th, 2010

We held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony at the annual event at the Central Park Band Shell on Sept. 18, 2010. Because of program delays, the Ceremony was abbreviated, but it was quite sincere and very moving. It was followed by an aria by Scottish opera singer Martin Aelred. Ashley Young was there to capture this on a 10-minute video at .

Although the Flag Ceremony was brief, the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” permeated the event, frequently stated by organizer Susana Bastarrica and various other participants. It has become a real theme of the event.

Deborah Moldow
UN Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society

International Day of Peace Annual Student Observance ~ United Nations Headquarters-NYC, USA

Monday, November 29th, 2010

September 17th, 2010
International Day of Peace UN Student Observance-“Youth, Peace and Development”

Once again, students from the UN International School raised the flags of all nations as the Secretary-General rang the UN Peace Bell in the Rose Garden. A trusted UN security guard actually came out to First Avenue to help us to hurry the flags past security!

A Peace Pole was at the front of the Conference Room in the temporary building used during the five-year renovation. The WPPS Peace Bell was again used for the “practice” 12-noon Minute of Silence with the wife of the Secretary-General, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek. She stayed through the annual World Peace Flag Ceremony, participating the whole time and again taking the UN flag at the end.

Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society let the Flag Ceremony. During the Flag Ceremony, youth from Canada’s “Circle of Peace” group led a MPPOE chant, while students raised the flags of every nation in a circle around the room. Everyone paid close attention, following the country names on the PowerPoint projected on the screen. The students continued to wave the flags during the finale performance of “We Are the World” by a group of Japanese students, for a beautiful close to the event. The WPPS staff and volunteers did a terrific job with the ceremony, and the UN Department of Public Information was very happy with the way it went.

This event will be part of the UN video achieve and available at: http://www.un.org/webcast/2010.html and http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/ http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/.