Archive for May, 2015

WPPS UN Rep Speaks at UN Consultation-United Nation in NYC-USA

Friday, May 29th, 2015

March 27, 2015

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H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations and former President of the UN General Assembly convened an event with the Universal Peace Federation on March 27 titled “The Relevance of Inter-religious and Inter-civilizational Dialogue to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.”

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Major speakers included the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who spoke movingly about our obligation to care for those with the least resources.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

The excellent moderator, Mr. Francesco Candelari, project management specialist for youth and development for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, introduced WPPS Representative to the United Nations Deborah Moldow by noting the inspiring prayer on her business card, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society Representative to the United Nations

Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society Representative to the United Nations

Deborah said that this is a time of great urgency. The kind of caring that is necessary to create a culture of peace goes beyond the capacity of governments. Religions have always helped people to elevate their concerns beyond themselves, and faith communities working together can have even greater impact. She congratulated the UNAOC for convening religious leaders at the United Nations and Mr. Al-Nasser personally for bringing World Interfaith Harmony Week into the General Assembly in 2012. She emphasized that now we are called to awaken to a new level of consciousness to address the coming challenges of climate change in a spirit of global unity embodied by the prayer,  “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Her remarks were warmly received.

Jonathan Granoff of Global Security Institute Accepts Peace Pole-Church Center at UN, NYC-USA

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

April 26, 2015

People of all faiths called for an end to the insanity of nuclear weapons in a powerful convocation at the Tillman Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations on Sunday, April 26, with the theme of a “A Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World.” Many participants continued on to a rally and march through New York City organized by Peace and Planet. WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow was invited to lead the 250 people gathered in singing a hymn based on “Finlandia” and the now classic, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” accompanied on piano by Rick Ulfik of We The World. She brought a Peace Pole that was placed on the central altar for the duration of the 2-hour service.

Photo: Kyle Depew

Photo: Kyle Depew

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is an attorney who has dedicated his life to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He closed the service with an impassioned and deeply spiritual benediction, insisting that we must head the moral call not only to contain nuclear weapons, but to declare their mere possession to be unconscionable. He highlighted the Peace and Planet campaign by asking everyone present to “wave goodbye to nuclear weapons.”

In recognition of Jonathan’s new resolve to speak from his deeply held spiritual as well as legal convictions, Deborah offered him the Peace Pole with the prayer for world peace in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. He accepted it graciously, promising to bring it into many settings where the prayer is needed: May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Jonathan Granoff is also an honorary signatory to the Fuji Declaration.

Dr. Dorothy Maver of Kosmos Journal, Rev. Deborah Moldow, Jonathan Granoff,  and Monica Willard of the United Religions Initiative (photo by David Willard)

Dr. Dorothy Maver of Kosmos Journal, Rev. Deborah Moldow, Jonathan Granoff, and Monica Willard of the United Religions Initiative (photo by David Willard)

Peace Pals Art Exhibition in Funabashi – JAPAN

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

March 2015

A member of The Goi Peace Foundation, Mrs. Okita, organized a peace art exhibition entitled “Vibration of Love and Peace” and a Peace Pals Art Contest exhibition in March.

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The art, which consisted of paintings, photography, illustration, crafts, fancywork, origami, calligraphy, and peace dolls, from 34 artists, was exhibited at a local public facility in Funabashi city near Tokyo.

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The Peace Pals Art Contest was clearly popular among the visitors as they stayed for long periods of time in front of the artworks.

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Mrs. Okita would love to have another Peace Pals Art Contest again next year!

May Peace Prevail on Earth

Report from the WPPS Japan Office

Peace Pole sighting in Quepos-COSTA RICA

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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My Dear Peace Team,
Jackie and I discovered this Peace Pole in the center of the big rotary in Quepos, Costa Rica, just outside of Manuel Antonio Biological Reserve.
Submitted by:
Jim Dugan,
Staff of WPPS

Prayerful Launch to the 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 9 at the Church Center for the United Nations-USA

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

March 9th, 2015

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Panelists:  Deborah Moldow, Monica Willard, Ann Smith, Kiran Bali,  H.E. Amma Sri Karunamayi, (Akkaya, friend of Amma), Denise Scotto

Panelists: Deborah Moldow, Monica Willard, Ann Smith, Kiran Bali,
H.E. Amma Sri Karunamayi, (Akkaya, friend of Amma), Denise Scotto

Guest speakers were:

H.H. Amma Sri Karunamayi, SMVA Trust
Kiran Bali, MBE JP, United Religions Initiative Global Council Chair
Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society
Denise Scotto, FIFCJ/International Federation of Women in Legal Careers
Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative
Ann Smith, Circle Connections

The intergovernmental Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets annually for two weeks at the United Nations headquarters in New York to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. CWS59 opened on March 9, 2015, with Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world attend the session and NGOs also busily engage in their own parallel events. The main focus of the 2015 session was a review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, as well as the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

Martha Gallahue and Kay Dundorf with Prayer Chain

Martha Gallahue and Kay Dundorf with Prayer Chain

One of the very first events early Monday morning on March 9th was “Women’s Spiritual Empowerment: The Spirit of Beijing,” a spiritual launch of CSW59 held in the 8th floor Boss Room of the Church Center for the United Nations across from the UN. This event was jointly organized by SMVA Trust, FIFCJ/International Federation of Women in Legal Careers, United Religions Initiative, and The World Peace Prayer Society.

View from Peace Pole

View from Peace Pole

The room was filled with more than 75 people, who shared prayers and intentions to empower all the delegates and all of the millions of women and girls they represent. The prayers were formed into a colorful paper chain, and everyone placed their hands on the Peace Pole to add their energy to its prayer for peace.

Denise Scotto

Denise Scotto

Organizer Denise Scotto said, “Thanks so much to all of you who joined with us and created a very special energy to kick off the CSW!”

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

WPPS UN REPRESENTATIVES VISIT U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS-USA

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

MARCH 10th, 2015

The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), United Nations Representative Deborah Moldow and WPPS Alternate Representative Lisa Parker attended a briefing at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on March 10th during the Commission on the Status of Women.

They also took part in an International Day of Peace team meeting with Bill Yotive of the UN Department of Public Information to plan for the 2015 International Day of Peace, which will be observed at the UN and around the world on Monday, September, 21st.

Pictured: Michael Johnson, Monica Willard, Bill Yotive, Deborah Moldow, Lisa Parker, Jean Trudel

Pictured: Michael Johnson, Monica Willard, Bill Yotive, Deborah Moldow, Lisa Parker, Jean Trudel

Pictured: Lisa Parker and Deborah Moldow

Pictured: Lisa Parker and Deborah Moldow

 

PEACE REPRESENTATIVE JUMA ASSIAGO VISITS UN IN NEW YORK-USA

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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The World Peace Prayer Society is proud of our Peace Representative in Kenya, Mr. Juma Assiago, who serves as the Human Settlements Officer leading the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC) with UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Program out of the UN Office at Nairobi.

While in New York for the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Juma found time to meet with WPPS Peace Rep Monica Willard, who represents the United Religions Initiative at the UN, and WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow. The three of them worked together in 1999 when Juma organized a Peace Pole dedication in downtown Nairobi as a monument to the victims of the U.S. Embassy bombing in August 1998.

Pictured: Monica Willard, Juma Assiago, Deborah Moldow

Pictured: Monica Willard, Juma Assiago, Deborah Moldow

Recently, Juma worked with WPPS Peace Rep Mr. Mussie Hailu of Ethiopia, who is Africa Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative, to have a new Peace Pole planted at the UN Office at Nairobi Garden of Remembrance to replace the Peace Pole that had been planted there in 2000. The new Peace Pole was installed on the 2013 International Day of Peace.

“Love your Mother” Day – Peace Pole – Santa Cruz, California – USA

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Mother’s Day-

Sunday May 10th, 2015

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Quietly at dawn
Always Alive in us

submitted by:
Corrina McFarlana

USA WomenRise
Santa Cruz, California-USA

Zihuatanejo certified as an International City of Peace – MEXICO

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

February 4 – 9, 2015

A week-long event took place in the west coast beach town of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, located in the State of Guerrero.  The event was organized by the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee which was founded by WPPS Peace Representative Patricia Ann Talley who planted the first Peace Pole in the center of town 5 years ago.  The directorship passed to Wendy Carbajal this year with Patricia still serving as honorary board member and advisor.

The event was supported by a large number of local organizations and businesses including the Rotary Club, University of Tourism and the City of Zihuatanejo as well as North American based organizations including WPPS, the UN NGO committee for the International Day of Peace, the Peace School of Chicago, Wayne State University, CoNGO, Cercle de Paix and the Detroit Renaissance Peace Center.

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The week opened with a WPPS Peace Pals Art Exhibition which was held at the Archeological Museum.  The Ambassador of Peace Exhibition features artwork from 86 countries by artists aged 5 through 18, collected over the past 17 years the Peace Pals Art Awards program has been in action.  Each artwork includes the message May Peace Prevail On Earth.

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A number of “Peace in Action” webinar conferences took place during the week, inviting dialogue and presentations by UAGRO Mexico and visiting Wayne State students on the topic of social justice, with participation from Saudi  Arabia, France, Canada and New York.  The Peace in Action educator’s peace conference highlighted various topics on creating a culture of peace.

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On February 9th the grand finale was celebrated with a World Peace Flag Ceremony around the Peace Pole. To open the program, children from Casa Pacifica presented a short play and led us in singing “We are the World.”  The first nation peoples from the area also blessed us with their ceremonial dance and ritual.

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After the World Peace Flag Ceremony, youth from the Alliance program led a peace march through the center of town to the municipal playground where the Mayor Luis Fernando Vergara Silva and State Governor Rogelio Ortega Martínez officiated the ceremony to certify Zihuatanejo as an International City of Peace.

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The local TV station enthusiastically covered the finale program on television.

May Peace be in Zihuatanejo
May Peace be in Mexico

Sharing The Love ~ Canberra, Australia

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

February 10th, 2015

Greetings from my global project Free Earth Charter Project and our brothers and sisters at The Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, Australia.

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We are all holding space and working to awaken the recognition of divinity and sovereignty for all Australians and global citizens.
Have an awesome day!
Adam W. Smith

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