Archive for January, 2011

Seeing these Peace Poles always caused us to pause and say a prayer for world peace!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Hi Ann Marie,

I received your questionnaire about the Peace Pole I recently purchased.

In our travels, Wayne and I had seen Peace Poles on the equator in Ecuador, in church gardens and parks throughout the United States and Canada, and on the Isle of Iona in Scotland, where in 563 AD, Saint Columba, of Ireland founded a monastery. From there he set about the conversion of Scotland and much of northern England to Christianity.

“Seeing these Peace Poles always caused us to pause and say a prayer for world peace!”

Wayne was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in March, 2009 and passed away in September, 2009. The following spring, the West Sunbury United Presbyterian Church in West Sunbury PA, where he was serving as pastor, was planning a garden at the entrance to the church. They originally talked about it being a “Memorial Garden”, but after some discussion, it was decided that we call it a “Peace Garden”. As part of that, I wanted to contribute to the garden. There was nothing more fitting than planting a Peace Pole to remind us of his hope for peace. I hope seeing this message as we enter this building will also encourage us all to pray for peace in this world.

The languages our family chose for this Peace Pole were:
• English
• Spanish for the people of the Spanish speaking countries we have visited
• Hebrew, the language of the New Testament
• Ojibway, the language of the native Indians of the area where we have vacationed for many years in Ontario, Canada
• Sign Language for our hearing impaired granddaughter
• Scottish Gaelic, the language of the country where we trace our roots
• Arabic, the language of many of the people in the Mid East who strive for peace

On the one year anniversary of his death, the people of the church has a “Remembrance Service.” As part of that service, we had a butterfly release. We all gathered around the garden and the Peace Pole, with violin music in the background, and released the butterflies. They fluttered around, landing on people, flowers, the side of the building, and on the Peace Pole, then one by one flew away.

The young girl in the photos is my granddaughter, Sierra. There is a picture of my son, Jason (with a butterfly on his shirt) with Sierra and the latest addition to our family, Silvi.

It is my hope that seeing this message for peace as we enter this place of worship will remind us all to pray for peace in this world.

Thank you.
Debbie Bell

Congratulations to the ShopPeace 1000th customer-Massachusetts-USA

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Congratulations to the ShopPeace 1000th customer-Massachusetts-USA

Thanks to all our supporters in spreading the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth by purchasing Peace items from our on-line ShopPeace Gift Shop.

Congratulations to Marianne of Massachusetts who is the 1000th customer to have placed an orderat The World Peace Prayer Society’s ShopPeace Gift Shop.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

In Gratitude from the all of us at The World Peace Sanctuary
Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society
Wassaic, New York-USA


Monday, January 17th, 2011

Plant a Peace Pole

Steps of Nonviolence:
Step 1: Gather Information
Step 2: Educate Others
Step 3: Remain Committed
Step 4: Peacefully Negotiate
Step 5: Take Action Peacefully
Step 6: Reconcile

Peace Pole Project for Emma

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Peace Pole Project for Emma–USA

September 21st, 2010

An amazing synchronicity: Emma would have been 21 this year, and her Sept. 21st birthday is also the United Nations designated “International Day of Peace.” To honor Emma’s passion for peace, we’re erecting at least 21 Peace Poles around the world.

Earlier this year, Liz Casey contacted me with an awesome idea to honor the memory of her daughter.

Here is what Liz Casey wrote to me:

My daughter Emma would have been 21 this September 21st. She was passionate about peace and it’s not surprise to any of us that her birthday is also World Peace Day-International Day of Peace.
In her memory, we’re erecting 21 Peace Poles around the world.

You may want to check out our Facebook page.
Peace Pole Project for Emma.
Thanks, and peace, Liz Casey

Please join the “Peace Pole Project for Emma”
for Peace
for Youth
for their Future
for EMMA.

Peace Pole Project for Emma is on Facebook.
Sign up for Facebook to connect with Peace Pole Project for Emma.!/photo.php?fbid=429601331408&set=o.126540814035097
Ann Marie Robustelli,
Peace Pole Project
The World Peace Prayer Society

Historic Peace Pole: Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Hunza Valley, PAKISTAN

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Post at Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Hunza Valley, Pakistan, 2007. Mount Ultar Sar part of the Karakoram Mountain Rainge is in the background. It was here in December 1891 that the Hunza King was forced to submit (at gun point) to small group of British Expeditionary Forces (who arrogantly proceeded to raise their “Union Jack” flag above the fort.)

Peace Pole planted on Tour – AUSTRALIA

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


Dear Friends,

In early December I joined 14 people on a Peace Tour to Central Australia and to Perth in Western Australia. Many in the group had visited our property, “Wind Song”, in Tasmania in 2008 and they generously gave and planted a Peace Pole in our garden. This year they brought 2 Peace Poles, 1 for Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 1 for Perth.

I was given the task of finding a ‘home’ for these Peace Poles and after many emails, phone calls, etc., I was very excited when I received confirmation that our Aboriginal people had accepted these wonderful gifts. My other task was to find the right language for “May Peace prevail on Earth” given that there are over 300 languages!

At Uluru the Peace Pole will eventually be ‘planted’ on land where the Anangu people are establishing a teaching centre based on the Kanyini principles “of peace and love with responsibility, sharing and caring, in oneness” – what beautiful principles to live by. I am grateful to Dorothea Randall for bringing some of her people to meet us and to accept the gift of the Peace Pole.

Infinite love, peace, harmony and happiness,

Tom Teniswood
Triabunna, Tasmania.

Santa Claus brings “PEACE” at Christmas – Nocera Umbra, ITALY

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Dear beautiful WPPS family,

We just finished a beautiful Peace Pole dedication and a flag ceremony in a small town near Assisi, called Nocera Umbra. The mayor and the cultural local councillor of the town planned this special event on the theme of Christmas, “Saint Claus brings PEACE at Christmas!” I was invited to hold a WPPC in collaboration with Ananda Community. Many people from Ananda joined us and their joy and their purity moved and encouraged us again. Their faces always shine so gloriously with love. Such beautiful people!!

Representing WPPS, I gave a short speech, then our Jasmine, only 19 years old is angelic. She is a representative of youth or new generation. She offered her beautiful loving words. It is so precious to see such a pure elevated soul in youth. I wish you a sweet Christmas full of love and gentleness, and a shining 2011!

Infinite Love and Peace,
Sonoko Tanaka, WPPS Peace Representative in Italy

Peace Pole at University of Denver, Colorado-USA

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

December- 2010

Happy Holidays.

May Peace prevail On Earth.

Dr. Edith King

Bob’s Peace Pole at UUC, Wyoming Valley, PA-USA

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

October 16th, 2010

Hello Ms. Ann Marie Robustelli,

Attached are photographs of our Peace Pole, planted on October 16th, 2010 in honor of a member of our church, Bob Witkowski, a dedicated peace advocate who passed away in May, 2010. We placed the Peace Pole where most people will see it upon entering our sanctuary.

The pole has 8 languages represented on it: English, Japanese, Swahili (two members are anthropologists who have worked in Africa and speak Swahili), Arabic and Hebrew, Hindi, Spanish, and Delaware (for the native people who once lived in this region).

Best wishes,
Margaret Bakker
Chair, Social Action Committee
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

A Special Peace Pole Gift-Sacramento, CA-USA

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 4:08 PM

Dear All at The World Peace Sanctuary who had a hand and heart in getting this 8 language Peace Pole out to me and Tina at our home in Sacramento, CA. I am so humbled and inspired being the receiver of such a gift! I have an idea for how I will SHARE this powerful message and gift with hundreds of people each month here in Sacramento.

Happy, healthy, peace-filled and artful New Year to all!