Archive for July, 2011

Peace Pole at M&T Bank- A Community Bank at Heart-Dover Plains, New York-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

July 18th, 2011
A Community Bank at Heart

We have long operated as a community bank. We understand the vitality of the communities in which we do business is crucial to our continued success. That’s why M&T Bank—and our employees—take active and engaged roles in our communities. The M&T Charitable Foundation funds a wide range of community-based organizations. It’s our sincere pleasure to support the mission statement, May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Mr. John Rocconova receives a Peace Pole for his 60th Birthday! Millerton, NY-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

July 12th, 2011

Mr. John Rocconova receives a Peace Pole for his 60th Birthday!

Mr. Rocconova is actively engaged as a teacher at Webutuck High School (WHS) and within his community. He cares about the students and their future.

On behalf of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), Jim Dugan gifted John Roccanova this lovely Peace Pole. It was handcrafted by Jim at The World Peace Sanctuary in gratitude for John’s entusiatisium and dilegence in encouraging WHS students to get involved in The Peace Pole Project by crafting Peace Poles in Mr. Rocconova’s Tech. Class.

Languages chosen for the Peace Pole are:
English, Italian, Irish, Urdu.

Peace Poles for Peacebuilding Peace learning Intensive Program-Vermont-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

July 17th to 23rd, 2011

Nearly 100 mini Peace Poles were donated by The World Peace Prayer Society to be used for the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive Program in Vermont.
The Program is being held from July 17th to 23rd, 2011.

Peace Corps Volunteers at World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, New York-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

July 10th, 2011

About 20 returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) and family members, enjoyed the hospitality of Ann Marie Robustelli and The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) on Sunday, July 10th and loved their time there.

Ann Marie gave an overview of the WPPS’s mission and Sanctuary grounds before she led the group into a lovely peace ceremony.
Later the group enjoyed the beautiful summer day by strolling up the Peace Path to the Ceremonial field and back down into the Sacred Grove to walk the Labyrinth.

The RPCV’s represent part of the twelfth group of American volunteers (XLL’s) to live in Ethiopia as part of Peace Corps’ outreach to countries around the world.

The volunteers were assigned as teachers in various parts of the country for a two-year commitment from 1969-1971. Many stayed for a third year. Their experiences in Ethiopia were so unique that they have galvanized into a group that has gathered periodically for reunions ever since their return to the U.S.

The World Peace Sanctuary served as a perfect place for the XII’s to gather as part of this year’s weekend-long reunion.
Discussions took place and a slide show presentation was given by Charles Higgins, one of the XII’s. Charlie is using his expertise as a PhD agronomist to coordinate efforts to increase potato production among farmers who are trying to eke out a living from small plots of land in the high altitude areas of Ethiopia.

Tax deductible donations can be made to the Ethiopian sustainable Food Project at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin to allow Charlie to continue his efforts with Ethiopian farmers.

Peace Pole at Strawberry Fair-Amenia, New York-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

June 11th, 2011

The 38th Annual Strawberry Fair hosted by the United Presbyterian Church, went off in the middle of sunny weather and high spirits last weekend. The United Presbyterian Church community gathering is in the same township of The World Peace Sanctuary. Each year, employees of The World Peace Prayer Society participate in a wonderful day of fellowship with community members.

Standing along side the Peace Pole is Miriam Divine, Director of the Amenia Library.

Peace Pole Art Project-Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie, NY-USA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

May 22nd, 2011

Roberto Romani’s National Art Honor Society class at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, New York is the first to pilot the “Peace Pole Art Project.”

This ground breaking project has groups of young artists creating a Peace Pole of their own design, bearing the universal message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

To date, several hundred students are now working on their own Peace Poles. The Peace Poles are then planted on school campus’ or in public places within the community.

On May 22nd, 2011 Jim Dugan of The World Peace Sanctuary and The Peace Pole Project addressed the crowd of students, teachers and parents at the annual National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Jim spoke about the correlation of ideals (and mission) of the National Honor Art Society and The World Peace Prayer Society. Jim said, “these young artists continue the work of the Founder of The World Peace Prayer Society, Mr. Masahisa Goi, who was also an artist.”

Peace Pole Presentation at Newark Peace Summit, New Jersey-USA

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

May 13th-15th, 2011

The Temple of Understanding organized a workshop on Saturday, May 14 entitled Community Action as Education as part of this year’s Newark Peace Education Summit, which was held at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, May 13-15, 2011. The overall theme for this year’s conference was peacemaking practices from around the world, featuring panels and workshops with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Nobel Laureates and peace advocates from a wide cross section of cultures, disciplines and perspectives.

The summit explored the programs, policies, and methods used by communities to establish peace, why and how they work, and how to replicate them in America and around the world. The Temple of Understanding’s workshop was a multi-faceted demonstration of the power of nonviolence to heal wounds inflicted against women and the vulnerable. Presenters included keynote speaker Ibrahim Sharif, author L.Y. Marlow, the One Voice children’s choir, youth interns from the Temple of Understanding, and the wonderful students of George Anthony’s conflict resolution program at Susan E. Wagner High School – who always conclude their program with, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Deborah Moldow gave a talk on the Peace Pole project as a powerful tool for healing communities, citing examples of the efforts of World Peace Prayer Society volunteer Peace Representatives. The Peace Pole graced the Summit lobby for the rest of the day, inspiring many photographs.

Interfaith Peace Prayer Ceremony Held at Chapel at Croton Falls, NY-USA

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

May 22nd, 2011

A World Peace Prayer Ceremony was the powerful finale to a “Symphony of Peace Prayers” event hosted on May 22, 2011 by the Chapel at Croton Falls as one of its monthly Interfaith Sundays. Organized by WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow, who is one of the ministers at the church, the event featured beautiful Native American, Baha’i, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim peace prayers that were led by distinguished representatives of each tradition and read together by everyone.

Participants included WPPS Peace Representatives Monica Willard and Angelica and Carlos Cubides, as well as New York members Mitzi Marume, Akiko Imaizumi, and Yuji Hiraiwa, who offered special prayers.

Music was provided by students from the Harvey School Music Ensemble and Middle School Chorus, organized by Rev. Melanie Gambino, who teaches there.

The little chapel was filled to capacity with participants who all joined in the World Peace Prayer Ceremony to send their peace prayers around the world.

Amma Sri Karunamayi Conducts Three Flag Ceremonies for Peace in NYC-USA

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

MAY 13TH, 2011

Amma Sri Karunamayi is a revered spiritual leader and dedicated humanitarian from India. During her recent tour of the United States, she conducted three beautiful World Peace Prayer Ceremonies. The first was at “ground zero,” the former site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, on May 13, 2011. A deeply moving ceremony was held with prayers for various countries as their flags were raised and long chanting of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” to release the souls of those who lost their lives there.

Amma requested a second WPPC at the “homa” (sacred fire ceremony) that was held in her honor in Westchester, New York on May 15th.

The third World Peace Prayer Ceremony took place at the United Nations Church Center on June 17th, organized by UN NGO representative and attorney, Denise Scotto, who is a close colleague of WPPS UN Representative, Deborah Moldow. The program was sponsored by the Society for Enlightenment and Transformation (S.E.A.T.), a UN staff club. The large crowd prayed sincerely for every country and sang out “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” to music played by WPPS Alternate UN Representative, Aliza Hava.

Amma has expressed interest in acquiring a set of the flags of all nations to continue her prayers for peace.

Peoples Power presents Peace Pole to President of PHILIPPINES

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

February 25th, 2011

Last February 25,2011 during the annual Peoples’ Power celebration, a special Peace Pole was presented to Benigno C Aquino, President of Philippines.

It was held at the historic EDSA SHRINE. During the ceremony, the MC stated, “The Peace Pole, which is a symbol of Peace was donated by peace loving Japanese people to support your Peace program in the country. The Peace Pole is a project of TheWorld Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) which is represented by Mr. Mario Fungo, who is here with us this morning.”

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

MARIO “TOOTS” FUNGO
WPPS, Peace Representative