Archive for July, 2012

Chairperson and President of the Goi Peace Foundation and The World Peace Prayer Society visit Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

June 18th-20th, 2012

Mr. William E. Strickland, social innovator and the President and CEO of the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), led a ceremony honoring the visit of Mr. Hiroo and Mrs. Masami Saionji and their daughter Yuka. The Saionji’s are the leaders of the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan and Chair and President of The World Peace Prayer Society.

The Peace Pole made by WPPS NY office were handed to Mr. Bill Strickland and gifted to Manchester Bidwell Corporation.

The main purpose of the extended tour, during which the Saionji’s audited youth and adult classes and to learn about MBC’s social enterprises, is to begin the process of creating a center for the tsunami victims in Northern Japan. The center will be based on Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s distinct combination of youth arts and adult career training in an empowering, hopeful environment.

Pharmaceutical Class. The class provides real skills to students that are most wanted by the top pharmaceutical companies.

This opportunity for Pittsburgh to extend its cultural impact overseas is a direct result of Mr. Strickland winning the annual Goi Peace Award in 2011.

Established in Tokyo, Japan in 1999, The Goi Peace Foundation is dedicated to promoting world peace through various educational and outreach programs including The Goi Peace Award. The Goi Peace Award selection committee chose Bill Strickland “in recognition of his visionary social work to help the underserved population transform their lives.” In November of 2011, Strickland traveled to Japan to receive the honor.

The Saionji family, deeply touched by the suffering brought to Northern Japan by March 2011’s devastating tsunami, connected MBC’s proven ability to manufacture hope through its programming to the needs of tsunami survivors.

The Saionji family took me to visit the areas hardest hit by the disaster. Entire villages had been washed out to sea. The region and the lives of the people in it were destroyed. After my shock wore off, I realized we had to help these people. We already have a structure for how to restore hope to depressed areas – we just need to implement it in Northern Japan,” says Strickland.

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Peace Pole at Machu Picchu in Peru

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

In January 2009, having quit our jobs in Seattle, Washington, and having sold or given away most of our belongings, Mi and I set out for the dream adventure of our lifetime — a 15-month journey around the world. A chance to meet others and see what it means to be human in conditions and situations we have never known, a chance to learn and grow in giving and receiving, and a chance to shed our habitual ways of seeing and doing things. It was a chance, we’d hoped, to find peace within ourselves, with one another and those we met along the way, and with our vast world.

Maybe it was for that reason that among the experiences that stirred us most along the way was unexpectedly stumbling upon Peace Poles (although we didn’t know what to call them back then!). “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” In our language, the language of the people we were visiting, and the Japanese language where the sentiment originated. Such a simple sentiment, with such piercing and profound power. To stumble upon one as we circled the globe was like a reminder of our intentions and hopes, and a literal signpost telling us, “You are on the right path…”


The first Peace Pole we saw was at Machu Picchu in Peru — the 15th-century Inca City. It is a sacred city carved into a sacred landscape. A place where the wafting morning clouds create an instant connection to the power of spirit and the beauty of nature, or “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) as she was called by the Inca and is called by their descendents, the Quechua. It is a place of peace. And there in the parking area as you enter and leave the timelessness of this place is a Peace Pole. When we found it, I thought this was something unique to Machu Pichu — a simple hand-carved pole, in the language of the natives of the land (Quechua), their conquerors (Spanish), and, arguably, the modern conquerors of the whole region (English). A statement that amidst battle and oppression and suffering, there really is one idea powerful enough to bring all sides to agreement. The pole also has a Japanese side, although I didn’t know why…

2012′s World Peace Flag Ceremony & Peace Festival, Dumfries – SCOTLAND

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

June 23rd, 2012

Staff of The World Peace Prayer Society in Scotland, held their annual peace festivities at the Allanton House located in Auldgirth, Dumfries, Scotland on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012.

Alexanderplatz Peace Festival-Berlin, GERMANY

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

June 16th, 2012

The Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany (affectionately known as ‘Alex’ by Berliners) was completely flattened during the War.
The Alexanderplatz was originally established in what was formerly known as East Berlin.

Ms. Ina Edelweiss of Germany organized the 4th Annual Alexanderplatz Peace Festival . There were tourists from many countries and peace workers from many organizations who attended.

Each day had a different theme: 1 day in recognition of the United Nations, 1 day for Human Rights, 1 day for organizations to share their personal peace mission.

Dagmar Berkenberg of The World Peace Prayer Society(WPPS) in Munich, Germany, participated in the festival with an information booth, two passages read from books authored by Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of WPPS and a World Peace Prayer Ceremony.

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony- Butembo City/North of Kivu Province/Democratic Republic of Congo-AFRICA

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

June 16, 2012

June 16th, 1976 is a day that will never be forgotten by the African people.

It is the day that the Apartheid came to an end and freedom reigned for the South African children as inspired by Nelson Mandela’s thoughts on freedom and peace for the African community.

The Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony began with the National Anthem for the Democratic Republic of the Congo after a ceremony of peace prayers in the Catholic cathedral of Butembo near the place chosen for the Peace Pole planting ceremony.

The first to speak was Mr. MUHINDO MAPENDO KASONGO, he began by saying, “The Peace Pole is used to radiate peace energy. It is a reminder of the desire for love and peace which exists in every human soul.”

At the end of his speech he read the message sent from Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of WPPS, for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At the end of the ceremony Mr. MUHINDO MAPENDO KASONGO told the participants that in the coming days they will plant yet another Peace Pole in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Que la paix soit en République Démocratique du Congo !


Gathering at Dawson Peace Garden-Dawson College, Montreal-CANADA

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

June 15th, 2012

“A meeting took place at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada on June 15th to discuss Dawson’s future as a hub for peace education during a visit by Dot Maver, President of the National Peace Academy, USA.

Gathered at the Dawson Peace Pole, which was dedicated in the Dawson Peace Garden in 2011, were Jean Trudel, Samantha Manty, Dot Maver, Kendall Birker, Gabrielle Caron, and Chris Adams.

Students Samantha, Kendall and Gabrielle are with the Peace Garden Team for Sustainable Dawson. Dawson College received a landscaping award June 15th due largely to the Peace Garden.”

May Peace Prevail in Canada!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole’s Journey from WPPS Headquarters to Baghdad – IRAQ

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

A Peace Pole from the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, NY (in Dutchess County) was brought to Baghdad by the Hudson Valley Peace Brigade with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Arabic, French and Japanese as a gesture of peace and friendship from the people of the Hudson Valley.

Local Iraqi family participated in the ceremony at the inner garden of the UNDP courtyard in Baghdad which was hosted by UNDP Resident Representative, Francis Dubois. Mssr. Dubois is on the Board of Trustees of the Dubois House, an historic landmark in New Paltz.

Commitment to Service-May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

I say WPPS has Wonderful Peace Elves! Thank you Ann Marie.

I am attaching two photographs of a Peace Pole planted in 2008 at the Best Friend Society in Utah. Our rescue site was in Tylertown, Missouri, which now also has a Peace Pole. The pictures are from a big day of book signing and acknowledging the excellent work and dedication of those involved in the Hurricane Katrina Rescue Effort in Alabama, Los Angeles and Missouri.

It was also a day of honoring animals lost and saved and re-uniting with rescuers from all over the USA.

The “Best Friends” organization did an A+ performance in operating an Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

May Peace Prevail On Earth (MPPOE)!

Peaceful Thoughts!
Melvin Giles, WPPS Peace Representative-USA

Peace Pole – Dhaka University – Bangladesh

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

I was visiting Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. In Carjon hall of Dhaka University, I have seen a peace pole which is holding the symbol of peace of our country. I like it very much.

With best regards
Swapon Roy