Archive for March, 2012

Spring Equinox-World Peace Ceremony at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

March 20th, 2012

In recognition of the Spring Equinox, members and neighbors of The World Peace Prayer Society gathered at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York.

We walked up the Peace Path, paused and gathered around each one of the 193 Peace Poles representing the UN Member States to send wishes by saying, “May Peace Be in that Nation” and then someone would spontaneously add in by saying, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” along the way.

Days prior to the event we received heartfelt messages from WPPS members and Peace Representatives from many countries around the world, such as, requests for us to send our energy to end conflict in their homeland or for the freedom of a woman under persecution. Other messsages were from people who just wanted to let us know that they would be with us in spirit on this day for the same reason half way around the Globe. As we reached each of these countries’ Peace Pole someone would read aloud the message that was sent to us. It was deeply moving for everyone to share this. In almost perfect timing the sun was slipping below the horizon just as we reached the end of Peace Path, standing at the Peace Pole representing Zimbabwe. We sent out our love, respect and hopes and dreams for the future.

We will gather again to do the same on the Summer Solstice to share our hearts with the World. We hope you will join us in person or in spirit on that day.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Respectfully,
Jim Dugan, WPPS
at The World Peace Sanctuary

15th Season for Nonviolence Event at the United Nations – NYC-USA

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

February 15th, 2012

The World Peace Prayer Society has been helping to organize a student program at the United Nations to observe the Gandhi-King-Chavez Season for Nonviolence since its inception.

This year’s theme was: “Global Peace through Social Media: There’s An App for That!”, helping 400 high school students and one elementary school learn to stop cyber-bullying as well as how to use social media to build a culture of peace. A powerful presentation by students of the Conflict Resolution program at Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island closed with, “May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

Next came the Trenton Children’s Choir, singing the well-known African marching song, “Siya Hamba/ We are Marching in the Light of God.” After several verses, the children switched the lyrics to “May Peace Prevail On Earth” and invited the audience to sing along.

The students of Susan Wagner High also showed a video flag ceremony! The students researched all 193 flags of the UN Member States and displayed them in alphabetical order, interspersed with pictures of peace leaders, including speaker Ibrahim Sharif at last year’s Newark Peace Summit, with a Peace Pole next to him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2tlUzLgCAY

So even without actual flags this year, the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” was a strong component of the UN Season for Nonviolence event, as the students attending were urged to dedicate their lives to nonviolence and peace.

Peace Pole to commemorate Japan Town (1942) -San Francisco, California-USA

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

February 19th, 2012

Due to our proximity to Japan Town, and the connection of our building to the events of February 19,1942 (70 years ago) that relocated local Japanese-Americans to internment camps for 3 years, we wanted to commit our future to the cause of peace. All of our students and faculty blessed the Peace Pole with water. We had a Japanese Taiko drummer help with the celebration. It was very moving. Thanks for making this a special moment for our community. Peace.

Sergio Vasquez
Theology and Campus Ministry
Stuart Hall High School
Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, California