Archive for January, 2015

Peace Pals International – 2014 Finalists – Gurukul School Of Art – Mumbai, India

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Congratulations to the students of Sagar Kambli of the Gurukul School of Art in Mumbai, India – We were so fortunate to have three Finalist in the 2014 – 17th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards.

This year we received thousands of works of art from children all over the globe.
Theme for 2014:  “Right to Peace.”
The theme of the 2014 UN International Day of Peace.

Mr. Kambli sent us photos of the winners, as well as a news clipping and a special Happy New Year photo from all the students.

Vaidehi Rajesh Sawant - age 14 - Finalist

Vaidehi Rajesh Sawant – age 14 – Finalist

Prathamesh Prakash Patil - Age 13 - Finalist.jpg

Prathamesh Prakash Patil – Age 13 – Finalist.jpg

Shraddha Berde - Age 15 - Finalist

Shraddha Berde – Age 15 – Finalist

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Happy New Year 2015 from the Students at Gurukul School of Art in Mumbai, India.

Happy New Year 2015 from the Students at Gurukul School of Art in Mumbai, India.

If  you were a Winner or Finalist in the Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards contest for 2014, please send your photos to jules@worldpeace.org
To see all of our Winners and Finalist for 2014 – Please click here.

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St. Mary’s Peace Pole – St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California – USA

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

October 1st, 2014

Peace Pole Rededicated at St. Mary’s College of California

Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), and Rev. Deborah Moldow, the WPPS Representative to the United Nations, both took part in a beautiful rededication ceremony for the Peace Pole at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Prof. Barbara McGraw, Director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at St. Mary’s, had invited Rev. Deborah as the annual interfaith speaker on Wednesday evening, Oct. 1. Deborah discovered that St. Mary’s had a Peace Pole installed on the International Day of Peace in 2007, and that it is used weekly as a focal point for gatherings on issues of social justice during the college’s Wednesday afternoon “Community Time” at 1:00. These gatherings are led by renowned poet and faculty member, Prof. Brenda Hillman. They decided that the afternoon prior to Deborah’s talk would be a wonderful opportunity to rededicate the Peace Pole.

Fumi Johns Stewart was invited to speak on behalf of The Peace Pole Project, and Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Founder and President of the United Religions Initiative, was invited to offer some inspiring remarks.

More than fifty students showed up to take part in a procession to the Peace Pole, where Prof. McGraw gave a warm welcome and Brother Michael offered a deep and moving interfaith invocation. Fumi spoke affectingly about what it was like to be the age of the students and see her first Peace Pole. She taught everyone how to say “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in Japanese.

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Deborah introduced Bishop Swing, the visionary who launched the United Religions Initiative from San Francisco, just across the Bay. He then delivered spontaneous remarks about how he had engaged in regular interfaith dialogues right there on St. Mary’s campus. President Donahue of St. Mary’s showed up unexpectedly to see his old friend, and he was handed the flag of the United States of America.

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Prof. McGraw led a deep moment of silence asking everyone to project their prayers for peace into the Peace Pole, followed by an exquisite performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by gospel singer Vickia Brinkley. Brenda Hillman read two of her lovely poems, including one written specially for the occasion.

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Rev. Deborah closed the event by leading a brief World Peace Prayer Ceremony. Everyone around the Peace Pole raised their flags in turn, sending love and peace to each country. All concluded by saying three times, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” and processing away with the flags from the newly re-consecrated ground.

St. Mary’s Peace Pole will radiate prayers for peace and social justice for years to come on this bucolic campus that is preparing students to be caring citizens in a world of diversity. Rev. Deborah gave her talk later that evening on “Interfaith Engagement and the Emerging Culture of Peace.” She closed by saying:

And when words fail you, there are those five powerful words inscribed on the Peace Pole here at St. Mary’s College that we rededicated this afternoon and its 250,000 cousins around the world, May Peace Prevail on Earth.

We began with a meditation, so let us close by saying this prayer together: May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Prof. McGraw wrote: “Your speech is still resonating with my students. They have incorporated some of your ideas into their conversations in class, as we move on through the semester. People are still amazed by the Peace Pole event.” May the St. Mary’s Peace Pole continue to radiate its prayers for generations of students to come.

Peace Pals International – 2014 Finalist from Bahrain

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

November 24, 2014

Congratulations Parthi Jain, age 6 from Bahrain who was one of our Finalist in her age category in the 17th annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards!

This year we received thousands of works of art from children all over the globe.
Theme for 2014:  “Right to Peace.”
The theme of the 2014 UN International Day of Peace.

We received a message from Parthi’s Mother with her photo:

Dear Jules Lamore,

We are very thankful to Peace pals art international to provide a platform for my daughter to share her thought on peace. It was really a great experience for her.

Once again thank you so much for the prizes sent to my daughter. She is feeling very proud, happy and excited. She loves the medal, and other gifts.

Please find her photo along with the gifts, medal and her certificate.

Thanks and Regards

Mrs. Jain

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To see all of our Winners and Finalist for 2014 – Please click here.

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Peace Pals Art Exhibition in Fuji, Japan

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

November 11, 2014

On November 9th, We had the 17th International Peace Pals Art Contest Exhibition /Ambassadors of Peace Exhibition in Fuji City, Japan.

It was unfortunate that we had rainy and cold weather on the day.  We had less visitors from last year, but who visited our booth was equally impressed by the quality of the winners paintings as well as ethnic variety of the Peace Pals Ambassadors of Art.

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We hope that our exhibition attracted the visitors and tempted their will to host the exhibition in their local area to share the joy.

May Peace Prevail on Earth
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Peace Pals International – 2014 Finalist from Romania

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Congratulations Ada Ciontu, age 10 from Romania who was one of our Finalist in her age category in the 17th annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards!

This year we received thousands of works of art from children all over the globe.
Theme for 2014:  “Right to Peace.”
The theme of the 2014 UN International Day of Peace.

We received a message from Mihaela and her Mother with her photo:

Dear Jules,

After your referral to Mr. Tatomir, there was a Romanian journalist who wanted to write about her achievement. Mr Tatomir did not write only one article, but three and they were taken by several Romanian newspapers from Romanians living abroad 🙂

http://www.rgnpress.ro/rgn_14/categorii/diverse-sport/14825-catigtorii-concursului-internaional-de-pictur-pentru-copii-organizat-de-peace-pals-2014-din-viena.html

http://pentrucomunitate.ro/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=483%3Asuccesul-adei-ciontu-in-america&catid=49%3Ahirek14&Itemid=102&lang=ro

We hope you are fine and in good health.
Big hugs from us and a very Merry Christmas!

Mihaela and Ada

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If  you were a Winner or Finalist in the Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards contest for 2014, please send your photos to jules@worldpeace.org
To see all of our Winners and Finalist for 2014 – Please click here.

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Rotary International General Secretary accepts Peace Pole on behalf of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

November 1st, 2014

The Peace Pole Project was presented at Rotary International-United Nations Day (RI-UN Day)  in New York City, held on November 1st, 2014.

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko accepted the Peace Pole as a gift on behalf of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

Rotary International President, Gary Huang (right) with Dennis Wong, Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, Westport, CT

Rotary International President, Gary Huang (right) with Dennis Wong, Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, Westport, CT

The Peace Pole was handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary to be presented at  (RI-UN Day) .  The Peace Pole bears the universal peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and includes the Rotary International logo— “Peace through Service.”

Federal Community Policing Advisor & Rotary United Nations Representative-PDG Douglas W Vincent, Ontario,Canada

Federal Community Policing Advisor & Rotary United Nations Representative-PDG Douglas W Vincent, Ontario,Canada

The Peace Pole will be planted at the Rotary International Headquarters located in Evanston, Illinois, USA.