Archive for October, 2015

World Peace Flag Ceremony at Tillman Chapel in the Church Center for the United Nations-NYC-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 21, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, the Church Center for the United Nations, and an impressive list of coalitions and organizations including the World Peace Prayer Society co-sponsored a day-long vigil for the International Day of Peace at the Tillman Chapel in the Church Center across the street from the United Nations on 21 September.

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The event was entitled, “The Quest for a Just and Sustainable Peace,” with a keynote address on “A Tale of Two 70s: The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing.”  The winning artwork of the 2015 Peace Pals Art Exhibition with the theme “Love to Hiroshima–Love to Nagasaki” was on display throughout the day.

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The Chaplain for the Church Center, which is run by the United Methodist Women, is Rev. Dionne Boissiere. She now has her own desktop Peace Pole, which she placed in a special area where those in attendance could write their prayers on a ribbon to post on a board. The Chapel was filled with prayers for peace all day long. Rev. Boissiere also put out a call to churches to ring their bells at 12 noon and for everyone to Tweet, #MayPeacePrevailOnEarth!

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The World Peace Prayer Society held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations at 3:00, following the hourly Minute of Silence, accompanied by the Society’s Peace Bell made of recycled weapons of war. The flags has been raised that morning by students at the bell ringing ceremony by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Now each one was presented in turn as everyone sent a prayer for peace to prevail in each country of the world in turn, accompanied by the transcendent music of the World Peace Violin.

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Many special friends of the World Peace Prayer Society took part in the prayers, including Andrew Benson Greene of Sierra Leone, who has long worked with Bockarie Enssah, our Peace Representative there. He is an accomplished poet, who has written a book of poetry called “The Peace Pole.”

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This heartfelt call to peace from the United Nations was surely felt around the world. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Anchoring the Spirit of Peace: A Gathering of Souls Honoring the Spiritual Foundations of the U.N. International Day of Peace – Sept. 20 at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 20, 2015

 A very special gathering of people dedicated to a spiritual path to peace came together on the eve of the UN International Day of Peace at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Manhattan. The event was co-sponsored by the Museum, the United Religions Initiative and the World Peace Prayer Society.

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The focus of the evening was a silent meditation around a small Peace Pole followed by deep sharing from the heart, in preparation for the wave of light that would circle the globe on the International Day of Peace.

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Music was offered by Rick Ulfik on piano and Scarlet Rivera on the World Peace Violin. Attending were longtime WPPS Peace Representatives Jennifer and Charles Kim, Angelica Cubides and Monica Willard.

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Dr. Dorothy Maver posted an article about it in Kosmos Journal on line at http://www.kosmosjournal.org/news/kosmos-event-anchoring-the-spirit-of-peace/ . She wrote: “Those gathered included representatives of worldwide organizations affiliated with the United Nations, along with artists, musicians and spiritual leaders. All were aware of the failure of major systems across the planet, yet held the hope that these breakdowns may be the source of an all-systems breakthrough. […]

 “The International Day of Peace is a unique opportunity for people around the world to hold a shared focus on peace, including a widely observed Minute of Silence at 12 noon in all time zones. The event at the Roerich Museum offered a moment to prepare for this special day by sharing both deep contemplation and practical intentions for building a culture of peace, while surrounded by the artworks of a visionary master. May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

14th Annual Vigil for International Peace and Ecology at the Central Park Band Shell-NYC-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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Susana Bastarrica, retired UN staff member, organized for the 14th consecutive year a colorful Vigil for International Peace and Ecology at the Band Shell in the center of Central Park.

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The World Peace Prayer Society’s flags were there, along with a large “May Peace Prevail on Earth” banner.

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Paul Sladkus was on hand to lead a Peace Party segment, with the beautiful Peace Pole made by students at Arlington High School in the center of the human peace sign.

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Deborah Moldow led a World Peace Prayer Ceremony, and Susana kept the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” as a refrain at the heart of this celebration of peace through music, prayers and joy.

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  Photos by Andrew Kaen

Chapel at Croton Falls Rededicates Peace Pole – Sunday, Sept. 20 in Westchester, NY-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 20, 2015

 The Chapel at Croton Falls holds its annual Peace Pole rededication at an Interfaith Sunday honoring the UN International Day of Peace.

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This year’s special guests were Rev. Patrick McCollum, who brought along Scarlet Rivera to play the World Peace Violin he has hand-crafted over the past nine years.

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Those gathered enjoyed hearing the story of how the violin came to be and were entranced by its music.

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Everyone was given the opportunity to bless the World Peace Violin, and then to pick up a flag for the Peace Pole re-dedication ceremony with prayers for peace sent to many countries to the music of the Peace Violin.

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PEACE: The Overview Effect – Saturday, Sept. 19, New York City-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 19,2015

Deborah Moldow was invited by Kurt Johnson and Victoria Friedman, both members of Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (FIONS New York) and the Vistar Foundation, to take part in an event for the New York City peace and new consciousness community on September 19, 2015. The event was linked to the International Day of Peace, with about 150 people attending.

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Deborah conducted a visualization for world peace based on the Minute of Silence that would circle the globe on September 21st. Alan Steinfeld provided peace images including Peace Pole pictures for the projections shown on a large screen. Musician Scarlet Rivera accompanied the meditation on the World Peace Violin, hand crafted by Rev. Patrick McCollum. The result was sheer magic!

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The visualization closed with everyone saying, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Later, the entire program closed with everyone sending peace prayers and the audience joining in. Everyone then repeated, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” three times more.

Other friends of the World Peace Prayer Society who took part in the event were the very gifted Kristin Hoffmann, who played so beautifully for the launch of the Fuji Declaration at Mt. Fuji in May, and Rick Ulfik, founder of We, The World and the 11 Days of Global Unity.

Times Square Peace Party – Sept. 15 New York City-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 15, 2015

On Tuesday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m., Paul Sladkus of Good New Broadcast organized a Peace Party in Times Square to promote the upcoming International Day of Peace.

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The tourists from around the world were invited to form a human peace sign around a Peace Pole in the center.

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The Peace Pole was part of the Youth Arts Peace Pole project, beautifully painted by students from Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY.

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Participants held the flags of all nations – many were excited to find the flag of their country of origin – as peacemakers shared their visions of peace.

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Deborah Moldow, the World Peace Prayer Society’s UN Representative, led everyone in reciting, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” a theme throughout the Peace Party, which concluded with everyone singing along to uplifting songs.

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Paul Sladkus held additional Peace Parties at the 14th Annual Vigil for International Peace and Ecology in Central Park on September 20 and at the Brooklyn War Memorial, Cadman Plaza Park on September 21.

Photos by Andrew Kaen

Heart of Mind Radio – Sept. 4 at http://prn.fm/heart-of-mind-radio-09-04-15/

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 4, 2015

Deborah Moldow was invited to be a guest on Kathryn Davis’ Heart of Mind radio program on the Progressive Radio Network to speak about events coming up for the 11 Days of Global Unity and the International Day of Peace. She speaks about the matrix of love that is leading us to a new era of possibility for all humanity and asks everyone to say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on the International Day of Peace and to go to their local Peace Pole for the Minute of Silence. (Deborah is introduced at 40:00). The hugely inspiring guests were Rick Ulfik, Etoy Ridgnal of Oprah Winfrey’s BELIEF series and Philip Hellmich of the Shift Network.

http://prn.fm/heart-of-mind-radio-09-04-15/

9/21-Peace Day Celebration in Black Rock, Connecticut-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

September 21, 2015

More than 200 students from Black Rock and St. Ann School (K-8), along with administrators, teachers, and aides, gathered around the Peace Pole at St. Ann School on Monday, September 21st to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

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Students read proclamations from both the Governor and the Mayor of Bridgeport that declared Monday, September 21st to be Peace Day in Bridgeport and the State of Connecticut.

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US Senator, Chris Murphy sent a letter of appreciation to each school, and Connecticut Representative, Steven Stafstrom spoke to everyone about the importance of being a peacemaker in our homes and communities. Students from both schools read their peace poems, students from Black Rock showed everyone how to “sign” May Peace Prevail on Earth, and St. Ann School students sang the beautiful peace song “May All Children.”

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Everyone present took a peace pledge: “I promise not to water or feed the seed of violence within me.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
The students had been working from the very first day of school to prepare for the peace day celebration making peace posters, peace flags, and beautifully decorated peace letters, along with learning how to “sign” and to sing the peace song.

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These preparations were a part of discussions and lessons on peace and justice that will continue throughout the year. In addition, poems written for the celebration will be submitted to the annual Peace Poems contest held by Fairfield University in November.

Pre-Kindergarten students learn to ‘sign’ the peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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Making peace cranes and learning how to ‘sign’ the peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” are two calming and inspiring activities to do with young children.

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Signing is a growing part of pre-K and early education and this is a way to incorporate both the Peace Pals International program  and the Peace Pole Project into our curriculum.

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Of course it helps to anchor what we do with the four Peace Poles in the neighborhood: in front of our house and in front of St. Ann School and Black Rock School and Black Rock Library where so many of our neighborhood children go after school.

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This year I began working with the students at the end of their summer Lighthouse program so they would be ready when school started, to prepare for the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

Gail Ostrow

“Party for Peace” on the International Day of Peace, Stonybrook Restaurant-Stratford, Connecticut-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

September 21, 2015

“Party for Peace” was organized with the intention to raise the vibrations for “peace” on the International Day of Peace, with percussionist William Ruiz.

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We had a Peace Pole and peace banner displayed for this evening’s event, along with gift shop items that bear the peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth!

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It was a great time with awesome vibes!

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Lauren Recine