Archive for June, 2012

“May Peace Prevail On Earth” at the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival- Croton-on-Hudson-USA

Friday, June 29th, 2012

JUNE 16th & 17th, 2012

Inspired by singer songwriter Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, the Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise funds to build the sloop Clearwater, which has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action. Today the movement is still strong and is celebrated at the annual Revival which has grown into one of the largest environmental celebrations.

At the recent Clearwater Revival, staff of the World Peace Prayer Society displayed a booth in the activist area. The event was held in beautiful Croton Point Park along the Hudson River highlighting well known local artists, musicians and activists.

Roberto Muller (grandson of Robert Muller) & Fumi Johns Stewart

Hundreds of people came by the booth to learn more about the activities of WPPS. It was encouraging to find that many people had already planted Peace Poles or had seen one in their community.

Peace Pole Dedication at Rotary International event in THAILAND

Friday, June 29th, 2012

May-2012

Dear Ann Marie,

Here are some photographs taken at the World Peace Symposium in Thailand.

The Symposium brought together more than 100 peacemakers from around the world who have been given an incredible opportunity to further their work by the Rotary Foundation.

Artur Romano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the School of Conflict Resolution and Analysis
WPPS Peace Representative

Peace Pole Returns to View in the United States Pentagon!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to report news from our friend Gerry Eitner in Washington, DC. Gerry is the one who arranged to have a Peace Pole at the Pentagon, which we dedicated back in the year 2000 – the day after the UN student observance of the International Day of Peace.

The idea was originally hatched at the Jubilennium conference on the Sea of Gallilee the previous year, during a conversation I had with Gerry and Navy Chaplain Arnold Resnikoff. I told Captain Resnikoff about my dream to see a Peace Pole on all the U.S. Army bases around the world to demonstrate the purpose of our military to achieve a world at peace. He said, “Why don’t we start at the Pentagon?”

Then Gerry stepped in and accomplished the miracle: she actually made it happen!! She approached the chaplain of the Pentagon through her Children’s Cloth of Many Colors project and arranged for a wonderful dedication ceremony with James Twyman singing.

The Peace Pole had a home in a small chapel next to the chaplain’s office in the Pentagon, but then a new chaplain came on board and it was moved out of sight. He, too, moved on and now there is another chaplain, Tom Waynick. Gerry had a mutual friend ask him to find the Peace Pole and put it back up, which he did. It now stands in his office – visible again, and on view to whatever public would like to visit it.

Gerry says, “I (the eternal optimist) have a dream that this new placement of the Peace Pole at the Pentagon can begin to make a difference toward a peaceful world.”

May Peace Prevail in the United States of America!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Love,

Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations
The World Peace Prayer Society

Girl Scout Cadet Troop 3029 defines unity within their community as they make their pledge in the spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Girl Scout Cadet Troop 3029 defines unity within their community as they make their pledge in the spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Powhatan, Virginia-USA

May 19th, 2012

A Peace Pole planting took place by Girl Scout Cadet Troop 3029 of Powhatan, Virginia, on May 15, 2012.

The girls white stained a pole donated by RC Goodwyn & sons (a local lumber company) and nailed on plates, bearing the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in English, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Korean and Braille.

They chose May 19th for the dedication ceremony in honor of Armed Forces Day, a community of people who are also wishing for World Peace.

Included in our Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony was a half-mile of pinwheels for the peace presentation, 1000 peace cranes hand-made and shipped to Japan, painted peace rocks and a peace walk enjoyed by 100 Scouts and family members.

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!
Wishing World Peace,
Laura Baltz & girls of Troop 3029

SYMPHONY OF PEACE PRAYERS AT CHAPEL AT CROTON FALLS – New York, NY – USA

Friday, June 29th, 2012

May 20, 2012

The interfaith team at the Chapel at Croton Falls hosted a Symphony of Peace Prayers on Sunday, May 20, 2012 as a special edition of its regular Interfaith Sundays. The service began with prayers for peace led by representatives of diverse faiths, including Rev. Hans Hallundbaek (Christian), Rabbi Shoshana Mitrani-Knapp (Jewish), Renuka Kumar (Hindu), and Sunera Rahman (Muslim), as well as a special demonstration of Japanese prayers by members of Byakko Shinko Kai. Then everyone took part in a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations. A regular member of the congregation was moved to tears as she led the prayer for her native Vanuatu, raising its flag for the first time since leaving her home country many years ago. All were touched by profound beauty of the ceremony, which seemed to float on a cloud of chanting “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” sustained by kirtan player Miriam Zernis of Sita’s Light.

The Peace Pals Art Exhibition was also on display at the chapel, providing endless delight to the participants. Everyone appreciated not only the charming work by so many talented children but also the wide range of countries and cultures represented.

UN EVENT SENDS PRAYERS TO JAPAN New York, NY- USA

Friday, June 29th, 2012

May 24th, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN and the Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations hosted an annual luncheon inter-religious dialogue and cooperation on May 24, 2012. More than eighty people attended, including thirty Mission personnel and representatives of fifteen agencies, as well as NGOs of different faith-based organizations. There was a rich sharing of inspiring partnerships hard at work around the world, while all enjoyed a lovely lunch organized by WPPS Peace Rep Monica Willard, who chairs the committee.

WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow, who was an MC for the event, provided greeting cards to be signed by everyone at each of the eleven tables. These cards were for the people of the Japanese town of Rikuzentakata, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The RNGOs had heard a moving report on their plight earlier in the year, organized by Hiro Sakurai of Soka Gakkai international. All the ambassadors, UN staff and NGOs sent their prayers and loving support to the people there. Hiro, who will hand deliver the cards in July, added “May Peace Prevail on Earth” to each card in Japanese, saying, “This will be such as powerful encouragement for the people of Rikuzentakata.”