Archive for June, 2015

In wake of Charleston killings, a prayer vigil for peace at the Peace Pole in Veterans Park-Taunton, Massachusetts-USA

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

June 24th, 2015

In response to last week’s hate-crime killings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., the Greater Taunton Clergy Association held a prayer vigil for peace on Wednesday, June 24th, at the First Parish Church in Taunton, MA.  After the service, participants, processed to Veterans Park on Church Green and placed a Peace Pole and stood together in remembrance and in hope for the future.  “Over the past few days, the Greater Taunton Clergy Association has come together in conversation about this terrible act, and about all of the violence that we see and experience around us, in our communities in Taunton, in Massachusetts, and in our country as whole,” said the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, minister at First Parish Church. “That this hate crime was committed in a church only adds to the necessity of our communities coming together to speak out.”  “I believe we are as a country capable of moving beyond these terrible cycles of racism and hatred, but it will only happen when we are all able to recognize the importance and value that each person brings to our world,” McKnight said. “There is no place for hatred in faith, nor should there be a place for it in our country. This vigil is to bring our community together and remind all of us that we are one people, and that the lines of division we might draw are no where near as important as the unity we come from and the message of love.”

Peace Pole crafted at headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society was dedicated by Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, New York-USA

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

April 29th, 2015

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Seventy years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, a delegation of 11 Hibakusha (survivors) from Nagasaki and several other Hibakusha from Hiroshima, visited Brooklyn Friends School to dedicate a Peace Pole, and speak to students about the effects of atomic weapons.  Photo by Mary Frost
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From left) Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry
Truman, shakes hands with Larry Weiss, head of Brooklyn Friends
School.  Photo by Mary Frost

Click link to read  the complete story:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/4/28/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-victims-share-their-stories-brooklyn-students

Three Peace Poles “hand-painted” by the 4th grade students of Queen Anne Elementary School in Seattle, Washington-USA

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

June 5th, 2015

I wanted to let The World Peace Prayer Society know that we had a Peace Pole Ceremony  today to plant our three Peace Poles.

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I made the three Peace Poles.   The artwork was created by the 4th grade students.

The Ceremony  started with the principal reading a poem about peace and then the 4th grade students sang a song about peace.

It was beautiful.

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The three Peace Poles have been placed in our garden at Queen Anne Elementary School in Seattle Washington.

Thank you.
Krissi Beeksma

Rainbow bright Peace Pole in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-CANADA

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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This beautiful Peace Pole is located outside the Saskatoon Community Service Village, at 506 25th Street East.

The building houses the Saskatoon United Way, among others.

World Youth Peace Forum in Cairo-EGYPT

Friday, June 19th, 2015

May-2015

Concerning the World Youth Peace Forum in Cairo, we have concluded this incredible event 3 weeks ago in an atmosphere of deep joy!  How wonderful it is to see the action of God in thousands of young students in many countries throughout the world.

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Youths from the 10 delegations coming from South America, Europe and Middle East.

I will not conceal the complexity of such an event that involved hundreds of schools, several international organizations working for peace and various associations and movements. During the 3 day Forum  1,300 people (students and teachers) from 20 countries attended.

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Fifty-two students from several schools and universities in Cairo nominated by the Universal circle of Ambassadors of Peace “Young Ambassadors of Peace” for their commitment to peace, especially through their example in living the LIVING PEACE project.

A great contribution to the success of this international event was the experience of fraternity that 53 young people from 10 delegations representing three continents lived together for 3 days in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Ceremony of the flags and choreography of Peace

The theme “Let’s Bridge” explained in three parts: create bridges between cultures, generations and its realization with the project “Living Peace” was enriched with amazing experiences, workshops and beautiful artistic performances.

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Peace Dance by students from Sudan

The final presentation of “Living Peace” by Egyptian children and from many other nations through local experiences and many incredible movies and power point presentations from all over the world has been an explosion of freshness and life, making visible their commitment to build a culture of peace.


Dance by students of Pakistan International School in Cairo

Forty-six children and six adults were nominated “Ambassadors of Peace” by the Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace.  A special contribution to the program was the testimony of  a peacemaker by the name of Safaa, age 12, who is a paraplegic. She presented herself by a power point that she prepared; clicking on her laptop with her chin.

https://youtu.be/va8vK_cs__w

Many messages arrived to the Forum, including one from Kailash Satyarthi (INDIA) – Nobel Peace Prize 2014, from the United Nation, UNESCO and others.

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Presentation of different peace projects by students from Mexico, Argentine, Brazil and Egypt

Domenicus Rhode, president of the World Peace Forum, conferred to: the representative of NGO “New Humanity,” the Rowad American College and Manchester International School and the Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2015, for their commitment in favor of a culture of peace.

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Dominicus Rohde (Germania), President of the World Peace Forum is opening officially the Forum

The Forum began with the reading of a passage from the Koran and was concluded with the figure of Pope Francis through the presentation of the project “Scholas” by one of the leaders of this mega project of 400,000 schools in the world. This seemed a tangible sign of the universal dimension of the “Living Peace” which already is present in many countries around the world with different cultures and religions.

https://youtu.be/nugDbxgoccg 

I greet you with all my heart!
May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Carlos Palma-EGYPT

Peace Pole planting in Kochi – INDIA

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

April 27th, 2015

Dear Friends,

The Peace Pole dedication ceremony with the Message  “May Peace Prevail on Earth” at the YMCA Kerala Region campus, Aluva, Kochi in India, took place on April 27th, 2015.

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Kerala High Court Justice Shaji P Chali planted the Peace Pole.

The program was organized jointly by SEEDS-India and YMCA Kerala Region.

Participants are as follows:

Mr. Anwar Sadath, Aluva Constituency Member of Kerala Assembly

Group of eight people from the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Survivors of Peace Boat, Japan

Mr. Lebi Philip, Chairman of YMCA Kerala Region

Bishop Dr. K.G. Samuel from the Church of South India

Dr. Mathews Mar Aprem of the Syrian Jacobite Metropolitan H.G.

Dr. Thomas Mathew, Peace Representative & Mayors for Peace 2020 Campaigner

Sincerely,

Abin.K.Vincent, Program Coordinator

SEEDS-India (www.seedsindia.net)

email-seedsindia25@gmail.com

Sita’s Light Leads MPPOE Chant-Bethel, Connecticut-USA

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

April 25, 2015

The gifted Kirtan group Sita’s Light, led by Miriam “Sita” Zernis at the harmonium, presented an evening of sacred chanting at YogaSpace in Bethel, Connecticut on April 25. Miriam was accompanied by Fumio Taniguchi on tabla and other percussion and Suan Armstrong on flute and backup vocals. The music is designed to open the heart to love, joy and healing.

Sita's Light at YogaSpace April 25 2015

The final chant was “May Peace Prevail, May Peace Prevail on Earth,” inspired by the World Peace Prayer Ceremony performed annually at the Chapel at Croton Falls in May to celebrate the international Symphony of Peace Prayers. Miriam wove this message with the Sanskrit prayer for peace, “Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu” (may all people be happy). Miriam also carries “May Peace Prevail on Earth” with her on her harmonium wherever she goes – (see the picture)!

Peace Pole Presented at Presbyterian Commissioning Service-Croton Fall, NY-USA

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

April 12, 2015

Rev. Deborah Moldow presented a desktop Peace Pole to June Tompkins on the occasion of her commissioning service as Parish Associate for the Croton Falls Presbyterian Church. June is already the Music Director and organist for the Chapel, and very supportive of the church’s peace mission. She had requested that Deborah sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to celebrate her commissioning.

The head of the Hudson River Presbytery, Rev. Susan Andrews, was there to offer her message, which complimented the little church: “As the world writhes in violent war and terror, you practice peace. As the world divides along bitter religious and ethnic lines, you celebrate the beauty of pluralism – and the common languages of all the religions of the world.” Deborah remarked that she and Rev. Andrews had been present at several Peace Pole dedications, including the one at the Chapel eight years ago.

Offering Peace Pole to June

June, the new Parish Associate, was deeply moved to accept the Peace Pole with gratitude.

Jackson Heights Elementary School celebrates planting of Peace Poles – Jackson Heights, New York – USA

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

May-2015

 

Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Students at P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights are looking to spread the idea of peace throughout their community.

Danielle Mahoney, a literacy coach at the elementary school located at 34-25 82nd St., has been teaching students about practicing mindfulness and gratitude for the past year.

While attending a weeklong training conference on mindfulness for kids and adolescents in California, Mahoney noticed a “Peace Pole” in a field and thought it would be a good idea to bring the concept back home.

Peace Poles, which have been planted throughout the world, are handcrafted structures that have the message and prayer “May peace prevail on Earth” on each of its four to six sides.

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Mahoney decided to work with one of the third-grade classes she instructs, Jennifer Bayer’s 3-317 class, to have two poles erected outside of P.S. 212 and allow the students to share with the community what they have been learning throughout the year.

“Having these Peace Poles is having to share in the community that regardless of the differences, we can live together and share all the wonderful things about our culture and embrace things and live in a peaceful way,” Mahoney said.

The Peace Poles, which are 7 feet tall and from the organization,  The Peace Pole Project, each feature the message “May peace prevail on Earth” in English, Urdu, Bengali, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. They also include two other messages in English: “May peace be in our communities” and “May peace be in our schools.”

“Words are very powerful and as a literacy coach this is not so far away from our core work,” Mahoney said. “When you read it, hopefully the next step is to have action with your words and thoughts will be in a positive way.”

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During the Wednesday night ceremony, students, who ranged between 8 to 9 years old, also explained to parents and faculty what the Peace Poles are, why they were being planted and what mindfulness is.

“We hope that when people pass they will take a moment to send kind thoughts to all beings on this planet, and focus on the good and peaceful parts of life,” Mahoney said.

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Mahoney added that she has seen that teaching the practice of mindfulness to students has helped them relax more, often using breathing as a tool to cope with difficult times, and also teaches the children how to pay attention to the present moment.

Some students have even tried teaching their parents how taking the time to relax and breathe will help them move forward in their days, according to Mahoney.

“Mindfulness allows us to take the time to respond to situations,” one student said. “We learn not to react to everything that happens. You notice what happens, respond to it and let it go. Mindfulness will help you do that.”

Mahoney also hopes that more schools will consider planting Peace Poles and she even is looking to find a way to plant a pole in Astoria Queens, New York, a community she has called home all her life.

Article written by Angy Altamirano

http://queenscourier.com/jackson-heights-elementary-school-celebrates-planting-of-peace-poles/

Submitted by:  Danielle Mahoney

First IDP NGO Committee Meeting of 2015 Circles Peace Pole-United Nations-NYC, USA

Monday, June 1st, 2015

April 9, 2015

The International Day of Peace Committee at the United Nations held its first meeting of the year to discuss the UN’s theme for 2015, “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” Susana Bastaricca, organizer of the Vigil for International Peace and Ecology in Central Park, New York since 2002, and to the U.N.S.R.C. SaluS Well-Being Network offered the staff lounge at the United Nations for the gathering, which drew close to 60 participants including NGOs, artists, musicians, educators, volunteers, and more. Everyone discussed plans for September 21st.

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Special guest was Bill Yotive of the UN Department of Public Information, who acknowledged the work of civil society alongside governments since the birth of the United Nations as the basis for this year’s theme. A Peace Pole held the center of the large circle throughout the meeting and everyone closed with “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

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