Archive for August, 2013

Peace Pole Dedication in New York’s Greenwich Village Commemorates 68th Anniversary of the Nagasaki Bombing

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

On Thursday, August 8th, a Peace Pole was unveiled outside St. John’s Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. Pastor Mark E. Erson led a beautiful and prayerful ceremony to inaugurate the Peace Pole, inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in German, Finnish, Japanese and English.




Rev. Erson recited the prayer in German to honor the founders of the church, and requested the assistance of Rev. Tiina Talvitie of the New York Finnish Lutheran congregation and performer Atsuko Yuma for the Finnish and Japanese translations, then invited everyone to say the prayer in English. Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for the World Peace Prayer Society, spoke briefly about the Peace Poles around the world and then led everyone in a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Everyone then processed into the church with the flags of many nations for a night of entertainment and a special tribute to the memory of Toshi Seeger, the late wife Pete Seeger, who grew up in Greenwich Village. The event was organized by peace advocate SuZen, who has been holding Universal Peace Day programs since 1984 to transform a remembrance of horror into a rededication of life.

The evening of dance and music featured Atsuko Yuma, Russell Daisey, The Peaceniks, Hilario Soto, Bill Shuman, Ray Korona, Julie Lauren Stevens, and a special performance by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.



At 10:02 pm, Gong Master Don Conreaux sounded a powerful gong to commemorate the exact moment of the Nagasaki bombing. The evening ended with everyone singing John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.”

On display throughout the church was also an exhibition of children’s art from Peace Pals International, a program of The World Peace Prayer Society that promotes the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and hope for peace.

This event was organized by St. John’s Lutheran Church and the NYC Peace Museum, and sponsored by The World Peace Prayer Society, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Hugg-APlanet, Good News Broadcast, and We, The World.


The 5th Annual Woodstock Walk for Peace – Woodstock, NY – USA

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

August 4, 2013

The 5th Annual Woodstock Walk for Peace was celebrated on August 4th.  This year the Walk was especially potent with the participation of the Unity Riders who led the Walk through the town of Woodstock. The Unity Riders of Dakota decent started their journey in Manitoba, Canada.  After Woodstock they will make their way to the United Nations and on to their destination in Washington D.C.  It is a ride for the healing of all nations and for all living things especially for the environment.


Participants of the March were led by the Riders and stopped briefly at the Village Green where Senator Cecelia from the 46 district welcomed the Riders.  From there the procession made their way up to Comeau Field with the marchers waving the flags of all nations.


The program up in Comeau Field started with the honoring of the Indigenous Nations led by Grandmother SilverStar. The World Peace Flag Ceremony followed with all participants creating a large circle around the Unity Riders at the nucleus.  Peace was invoked in each of the 193 countries as the flag bearers walked up to surround the Riders.  The final call for May Peace Prevail On Earth was repeated out loud with the flags of all nations coming together as one global family.


The 5th Annual Woodstock Walk for Peace ended on a very high note filled with gratitude as we sent the Unity Riders off on the next leg of their journey to the UN and Washington D.C. with blessings from our prayers for peace.


May Peace be in Woodstock
May Peace Prevail On Earth


Gathering of the Vibes embraces “May Peace Prevail On Earth” Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

July  25th-28th, 2013

For the seventh consecutive year Jim Dugan, staff member at The World Peace Sanctuary presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony at the Gathering of the Vibes Music and Arts Festival. This is the second year Jim has set up a booth to interact with the 20,000 plus attendees at this 4-day camping festival. Jim placed Peace Poles all around the 13 acre concert field and on each of the three stages that were shared by artists, such as: The Black Crows, John Butler Trio, The Roots, Blues Traveler and nearly 40 other national and international touring musical bands.  Once again, Peace Activist, Wavy Gravy joined Jim in the World Peace Flag Ceremony as it was broadcast live on the Bridgeport Connecticut National Public Radio station!  The Kids Peace Parade came marching onto the field to join in the World Peace Flag Ceremony with youngsters carrying colorful world flags, accompanied by a full brass band and numerous giant puppets.




Many thanks to WPPS volunteers, Carol Winters and Andrew Cataldo for their tireless assistance.


Peace Pole at the famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory-Waterbury, Vermont – USA

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013



The Ben & Jerry’s  Ice Cream Company  has a presence in 24 countries around the world and is founded on and dedicated to a sustainable corporate concept of linked prosperity.

The Ben & Jerry’s  Foundation takes a proactive role  in the arena of global issues regarding : Environment, Peace & Justice, and GMO Position.

Hannah Bacon with friends Brittany and Drew at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont

Hannah Bacon with friends Brittany and Drew at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont

Pray for Peace: Summer Solstice Gathering at The World Peace Sanctuary-Wassaic, NY-USA

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

June 21st, 2013

To welcome the Summer and share our thoughts and wishes for a more peaceful life on Earth, several of us gathered together on the evening of the Solstice. We met at the start of the Peace Path at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York. The Peace Path is a slate covered meandering walkway that is flanked with Peace Poles, individually representing the United Nations’ member Nations. We started at Afghanistan and all joyously declared aloud “May Peace Prevail in Afghanistan, May Peace Prevail On Earth.” We stopped at each Peace Pole along the Peace Path and did the same for each Nation in alphabetical order ending with Zimbabwe.  It was truly a beautiful evening at The World Peace Sanctuary as we reminded one another of our good fortune- to be alive on this planet and to be citizens of USA as we spoke the names of so many Countries where life is not as kind  for others.  We gather for a World Peace Prayer Ceremony on the Peace Path on every Equinox and every Solstice at 6:30 pm, rain or shine. Please join us on the Fall Equinox on Sunday, September 22nd (the day after the International Day of Peace) to help us fill the air with voices of love and oneness.




May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Jim Dugan, WPPS
at The World Peace Sanctuary


Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival embraced by the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

June 15th & 16th, 2013

Once again this year The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS)  had a booth in the Activist Area at “Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, A Music and Environmental Festival”, Outside Magazine calls Clearwater “One of the top 4 music festivals in the USA”. Jim Dugan of WPPS, accompanied by his mother Carol, spent the weekend sharing the mission of The World Peace Prayer Society. They talked about Peace Poles, Peace Pals and all the rest of the wonderful projects we have going on at The Sanctuary and around the planet with the enlightened people that attend this festival. This is our second year having a booth at Clearwater.


In addition to the booth, on Sunday afternoon Jim lead this wonderful crowd in a World Peace Flag Ceremony that was greatly appreciated by all who attended. Other organizations in the Activist Area this year were Amnesty International, Americans For Campaign Reform, B4 Peace International Art Activists, Citizens Climate Lobby, Military Families Speak Out, Save Our Schools, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, War Resisters League and many others. Please join us next year at this incredible festival or come see our booth and carry a flag during the World Peace Flag Ceremony at the 25,000 person “Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival” happening in Bridgeport, CT, USA, July 25th through 28th, 2013.

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at GOD’S ACRE Organic Community Garden-Bally, Pennsylvania – USA

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

July 28th, 2013

Open house community event and Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony.


Garden Location: Bally Mennonite Church, 1481 Route 100, Bally, PA 19503 USA