Archive for October, 2012

International Vigil for Peace and Ecology in Central Park, NYC – USA

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

International Vigil for Peace and Ecology in Central Park, NYC-USA

September-2012

The International Vigil for Peace and Ecology in Central Park once again included a brief World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations, always a highlight of this day-long, multi-cultural event organized by UN staff member, Susana Bastaricca. WPPS Peace Representative Monica Willard made this possible, with the able assistance of her husband Dave. Rev. Danny Garcia was also part of the Vigil, beginning his walk across American with his traveling Peace Pole.

Peace Pole Re-Dedicated at Chapel at Croton Falls, New York – USA

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Peace Pole Re-Dedicated at Chapel at Croton Falls, New York-USA

September 23rd, 2012

The Chapel at Croton Falls, NY celebrated the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 23rd with a Universal Worship Service led by Rev. Melanie Gambino and including drumming by Native American medicine man, Bear Walker.

The interfaith service closed with the re-dedication of the Chapel’s Peace Pole in a ceremony with the flags of many nations and the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Chapel’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Hans Hallundbaek, has plans to build a peace ministry that will gather a network of peace churches throughout the Hudson Valley.

International Day of Peace at the United Nations – USA

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

International Day of Peace at the United Nations – USA

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The World Peace Prayer Society, for the 15th consecutive year, was instrumental in planning the UN observance of the International Day of Peace, along with our wonderful colleagues from the Jane Goodall Institute, the United Religions Initiative, and Pathways To Peace. We helped to set the theme of Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future and co-chaired the International Day of Peace NGO Committee, which this year created sub-committees called Peace Teams. With WPPS Representative to the UN Deborah Moldow speaking at events in Hong Kong and Linzhou, Henan Province, China , former WPPS staff member Dr. Arthur Romano stepped in to assure that the traditions WPPS had established were carried out, including the students raising the flags for the Secretary-General’s ringing of the Peace Bell in the morning, the Peace Pole in the room for the student observance, and the 12 noon Minute of Silence with Mrs. Ban ringing the WPPS Peace Bell and all 500 students raising the WPPS paper flags of all nations for a Minute of Silence. The students said, “May Peace Be in [whatever country whose flag they were holding],” followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Then everyone sang John Lennon’s “Imagine,” while waving the country flags.

A team led by Paul Sladkus of the Good News Broadcast brought some of the flags raised in the UN Rose Garden to Times Square for a public Minute of Silence at 12 noon. Joined by peace walker Danny Garcia raising a Peace Pole high, everyone chanted, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

International Day of Peace in Linzhou, CHINA

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

International Day of Peace in Linzhou, CHINA

September 18th-22nd, 2012

Friends of the United Nations was among the organizers, with China International Culture and Artistic Center (CISAC) and China National Academy of Painting, to hold a series of activities and forums about art and peace from 18-22nd September, 2012 at Linzhou, Henan Province, China to observe the UN International Day of Peace. Dr. Noel Brown, a WPPS Founding Advisory Board member, contacted me with an invitation to speak on world peace at the events, among a delegation of UN personnel, NGOs and artists.

WPPS offered a Peace Pole to be shipped from Japan and the Peace Pals Art Exhibition for display at the new Peace Museum in Linzhou. Unfortunately, there was a crisis of mounting tensions between China and Japan, which resulted in the Peace Pole – a potential bridge of peace – being held in customs. However, the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” permeated the events, from Dr. Brown’s speech at the main event for 10,000 people in the grand canyon of China, to Deborah’s speech at the Forum on Peace Arts and Friendship, to the giant peace scroll, to Deborah’s singing at the Night of Peace concert, to the art of WPPS Peace Pals around the world gracing the pillars of the Peace Museum.

The Chinese people loved seeing the message of peace in their native language and were delighted by our stickers. Hopefully, the Peace Pole will soon find a public home in Linzhou.

Hong Kong International Day of Peace Festival – CHINA

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Hong Kong International Day of  Peace Festival – CHINA

September 21st-September 24th, 2012

Maria Ying-Matthews of Peace International Foundation organized several days of peace events to mark the 5th anniversary of International Day of Peace celebrations in Hong Kong. The main event, held at Marymount Secondary School on September 21st, featured the Hong Kong St. Andrew’s Pipe Band Pipers; a Minute of Silence at 12 noon; music for harp and soprano; the ringing of a Peace Bell; the introduction of the Peace Pole and a prayer for peace in Hong Kong and peace on Earth; a children’s international flag parade; various speeches; the video message of the Secretary-General; and a keynote address by Mr. Giuseppe De Vincentiis, representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in China.

WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow gave a keynote address at the interfaith dialogue that was part of a multi-day young conference on September 24th, which featured diverse speakers and a film called, “The Great Mystery.” Deborah also delivered a greeting at the “East Meets West” Peace Concert the following evening, which highlighted the talents on harp and piano of young artists from the area. The star of the evening was Costa Rican jazz pianist Esteban Alvarez.

The Peace Pole that graced all of these occasions will find a permanent home at Maryknoll Secondary School. Maria Ying-Matthews has plans to expand the work of peace in Hong Kong, including offering Peace Poles to additional schools.

Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far – USA

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far—USA

The Interfaith Observer http://theinterfaithobserver.org published a guest editorial for the September edition called “Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far” http://theinterfaithobserver.org/journal-articles/2012/9/15/an-interfaith-response-to-violence-near-and-far.html

WPPS UN Representative Rev. Deborah Moldow co-wrote the piece with Dr. Dorothy Maver, president and CEO of the National Peace Academy and executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.  In it, they explore the power of prayer as a response to both natural and man-made disasters, and particularly to “the very illness that has plagued human history, our addiction to violence.”

Our prayers for one another – and especially our prayers for peace – are building a worldwide web of caring that will be the hallmark of a new culture of peace.re building a worldwide web of caring that will be the hallmark of a new culture of peace.

Arbuckle Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-International Day of Peace – USA

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Arbuckle Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-International Day of Peace-USA

September 21st, 2012

Ms. Estrada as mentioned is the Mother of the Fallen Soldier who I was assigned to as the Casualty Assistance Officer. I asked her if she would like to honor the memory of her Son, Rueben “Boy” Lopez, killed in Afghanistan 11 AUG 2011, with a Peace Pole on the campus of his elementary school, Williams, California. Since that Peace Pole Dedication, she has become quite passionate about the WPPS mission. She purchased 5 Peace Poles after her Son’s dedication. A Peace Pole went to each of her 4 daughters and one was for her front yard.

She agrees that every school needs a Peace Pole. She was instrumental in getting a Peace Pole on her granddaughter’s school campus in Roseville, CA.
Altogether, she has helped to put 8 Peace Poles out in the world :o) !

In the 1st photo, Ms. Gloria Estrada is 2nd to my left (Renee Silva is 1st on my left). Gloria is the Mother of Rueben “Boy” Lopez, KIA, 11 AUG 2011, Nalgham, Afghanistan.

Here is the link on YouTube of the ceremony:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBpcKerxaqM

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!
RENEÉ MARIE, WPPS Peace Representative
Captain, California Army National Guard

Peace Poles for “Peace through Service” Rotary International-Florida – USA

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Peace Poles for “Peace through Service” Rotary International-Florida-USA

The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise in Sarasota, Florida, is awarding Peace Poles to speakers at its weekly meeting to honor Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka’s theme of “Peace through Service” for 2012-

The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise in Sarasota, Florida, is awarding Peace Poles to speakers at its weekly meeting to honor Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka’s theme of “Peace through Service” for 2012-2013.

Rotary International’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Here, Sunrise Club President Stan Muessle awards a Peace Pole to Hanger Clinic CPO Dan Strzempka. Mr. Strzempka is holding the dolphin prosthetic developed by his group for Winter, the dolphin made famous in the movie Dolphin Tale.\

The Sarasota Sunrise club underscores its commitment to world peace through local community service, as well as sponsorship of digital libraries and educational programs in Iringa, Tanzania. Today thousands of Tanzanian children are getting access to learning materials unavailable until the Rotary sponsored libraries began operations.

Girl Scout Gold Award Peace Pole Project-Walton, New York – USA

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Girl Scout Gold Award Peace Pole Project-Walton, New York-USA

June 6th, 2012

Since November of 2011, Jim Dugan and High School Junior and Girl Scout Mikaelan Stuligross had been planning a World Peace Flag Ceremony that occurred on June 6th of 2012. Mikaelan had been working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project and meeting with elementary school students in Walton, New York once each month and giving a presentation on one Country from each Continent on the planet. Her main goal was to teach the younger students about tolerance through diversity and how we really do have so much in common, after all. Jim Dugan and Ann Marie Robustelli went to the Townsend Elementary School in Walton where Jim led the World Peace Flag Ceremony with the entire 3rd grade as flag bearers and the 2nd through 5th grades in attendance. The Ceremony was covered on the local television and radio stations and was attended by the Mayor and many local dignitaries. There is now a Peace Pole on the Townsend Elementary School stage in perpetuity that was also dedicated on that day.

After School Peace Club at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY- USA.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

“After School Peace Club” at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY-USA.

2012 has been the third consecutive year that Jim Dugan has gotten together with a group of local middle school students for the “After School Peace Club” at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY, USA. Each year the Club has been creating and maintaining a nature trail at The Sanctuary that leads to a very special and rare ecosystem called a Fen. In addition to working on the trail and learning about nature, this year the Club put together a demonstration that showed the potential devastation that all the current nuclear weapon stocks would have on life on Earth if deployed. The Club is done in collaboration with the Northeast Community Center and we intend on continuing it for years to come.