Archive for October, 2013

I-Key Mini Workshop at The World Peace Sanctuary-Wassaic, New York-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Twenty-four people attended this amazing introductory workshop about somatic peace­­mak­ing:  train­ing body, mind and spirit to “do con­flict well.”

Sponsors: Urban Visions, Inc. & The Watershed Center

Hosted by: The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary

The 8-hour interactive Mini Workshop was based on the theme “ Art of Peace.”

Participants were shown how to:

* Keep cool under stress

* Move & speak gently

* Respect aggressor

* Receive in harmony

* Transform danger

* Earn respect

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS welcomed the guests, by giving an introduction to the mission and work of The World Peace Prayers Society and The Peace Pole Project.  To close the workshop Ann Marie led a World Peace (flag card) Ceremony.

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS,  led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS, led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop


The World Peace Prayer Society at the United Nations for the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE—NYC-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

September 18th,  2013


The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) has worked in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) on the UN observance of the International Day of Peace (IDP) since 1997. On Wednesday, September 18th, 500 high school and college students arrived at the United Nations early in the morning – international students from Rutgers University, refugee students living in Vermont, an overnight busload of students from Montreal, Roots & Shoots volunteers from along the East Coast, and many more representing diverse peace efforts in their schools and communities.

194 of these students had the privilege of carrying the flags of all the UN Member States into the Rose Garden to take part in the ringing of the Peace Bell by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General gave a moving speech that included a plea for peace in Syria, as well as a strong call to get every child into school. He asked for a Minute of Silence and rang the Peace Bell, as the students raised the flags high.

Room with Peace Pole

The Secretary-General then joined the students in the recently renovated Conference Room 1 of the UN, warmly encouraging them to feel compassion in their hearts and to work for a better world for all. The students also heard inspiring remarks by Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, and UN Foundation “Girl Up” Champion Monique Coleman.


The program included a live feed from the UN Peacekeeping site in Haiti, songs by Ta’Kaiya Blaney and by Technicolor Lenses, and talks by numerous dignitaries. But the most exciting parts were the presentations by students of 14 of their own peace projects, from a high school Peace Pledge to the Diversity Rocks International Youth Project to Theatre for Social Change. Two of the young people closed their presentations with “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Peace Pals in UN Conference Room

Decorating the Peace Pole

This message of peace was present in the room with a Peace Pole, a display of the winning entries to the Peace Pals Art Exhibition, and the WPPS Peace Bell, for the traditional Minute of Silence conducted by Mrs. Ban. Everyone in the room had a paper flag of one of the UN Member States at their seat.

Students with Paper Flags

At 11:50, Monica Willard of the United Religions Initiative invited Mrs. Ban to come forward to ring the bell. Deborah Moldow of the World Peace Prayer Society invited everyone to rise and hold up their paper flags. After the Minute of Silence at the stroke of noon, all 500 students, chaperones, dignitaries and UN staff said together, “May Peace Prevail in (the country of the flag).” and then three times, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” Everyone was moved by the profound feeling of peace that filled the room through this simple ceremony.


Peace Pole dedication at the Peace Palace, Hague, Netherlands

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

September 11, 2013

The Peace Palace located in The Hague, Netherlands houses the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.  The Carnegie Foundation who still owns and manages the building and premises organized various events to celebrate the  one hundred years anniversary of this grand institution.

On September 11th, Director of the Carnegie Foundation and Father Sjaak de Boer of the Roman Catholic Church of the Savior collaborated in organizing an Inter-religious Symposium at the Peace Palace in honor of the centennial.  The Symposium carried the theme Reconciliation: A step toward sustainable peace and featured guest speakers from the 5 faith traditions of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jewish and Islam.

Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of the World Peace Prayer Society flew in from Japan to attend the Inter-religious Symposium and to dedicate a Peace Pole in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace.


After an inspiring morning program of interfaith dialogue and presentations, everyone was invited to walk outside to the Carnegie Plaza in front of the Peace Palace to dedicate a Peace Pole in commemoration of the 100th anniversary.  WPPS designed a specially crafted six sided stone Peace Pole for this occasion inscribed with the peace message translated in 12 languages.  After a moving speech, Mrs Saionji along with Father de Boer and Mr. van Hoogstraten, Director of the Carnegie Foundation, unveiled the Peace Pole.  A desktop Peace Pole was presented to each of the representatives of the faith traditions and to Director van Hoogstraten.


Great excitement was felt by everyone in attendance as we prepared for a World Peace Flag Ceremony representing the flags of the member states of the United Nations.  Mrs Saionji held the flag of Japan as she was surrounded by flags of the world held by the participants who gathered around the Peace Pole.  The names of the countries and regions of the world were read and repeated by everyone with great enthusiasm as we traveled around the world sending peace to every nation.


The Ceremony came to a close with everyone pointing their flags toward the Peace Pole in a grand finale calling out in English and Dutch our universal peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.