Archive for November, 2016

“Prayers for USA” broadcast live from headquarters at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY-USA

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

October 22, 2016

Starting July through election weekend in November 2016, The World Peace Prayer society hosted monthly Prayers for USA webinars to call forth and generate positive energies in preparation for the elections.  100’s of people joined us from their homes around the world.

October Live WPS

In October, Prayers for USA was broadcast live from the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia NY, where friends and family joined us at the Sanctuary to commune in heartfelt prayers with our online viewers to uplift the heart and soul of America by calling for peace to prevail in each of the 50 US States.  The program began by honoring the ancestors of the indigenous peoples of the land asking for their wisdom and guidance for a conscious evolution.

Live Potluck WPS

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A Brilliant Success
10/22/16
Prayers for USA
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A Peace Pole for Standing Rock, South Dakota-USA

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Rev. Patrick McCollum, international peacemaker and creator of the World Peace Violin, journeyed to Standing Rock in early November as an extension of his longtime commitment to supporting Native Americans with land issues.

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Before leaving, he asked whether there was a Peace Pole at Standing Rock. Not yet! As he put it, the team at the World Peace Prayer Society “sprang into action.”

An 8’ Peace Pole was prepared specially for his journey, with the prayer “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in five indigenous American languages (Cherokee, Chichewa, Cree, Lakota, and Mohawk), plus English, Spanish and Gaelic, to honor Patrick’s own tradition. It was immediately shipped to a rendez-vous point in South Dakota for the final leg of the trip.

Patrick reported on the many challenges faced by the representatives of more than 100 tribes gathered there, all with the same stand: to protect our water. He was honored with a Lakota name, “He Who Speaks With The Mother.” He presented the Peace Pole to a group of elders from different indigenous nations and announced that the gift was received with gratitude, respect and 100% support!

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The elders prefer not to be named, since the political situation is intense. Only Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and member of the Founding Advisory Board of the World Peace Prayer Society, has gone public with his appeal. The photo, by Native American documentary film maker Irene Fredericks, was taken at the meeting dome located in the center of Oceti Sakowin Camp, the camp of the elders representing the seven treaty nations.

The elders do not know whether they will be able to plant the Peace Pole in the ground, since there are many considerations as winter rapidly approaches. However, they are requesting that different tribes and organizations have their people focus on the Peace Pole to send their prayers to the conflict.

The Peace Pole, although it is never used to promote a political position, is a globally recognized symbol of peace and unity. May it bring healing to Standing Rock and the Native Americans whose ancestors first inhabited our beautiful land.

Infinite gratitude to Patrick McCollum for carrying the Peace Pole to Standing Rock with the love and prayers of so many.

May Peace Prevail Among Indigenous Nations!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

 

Revolving Peace Poles; November 11th International Peace Site and Peace Poles Dedication, Mankato, Minnesota-USA

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Dear Fellow Peace Makers:

Our November 11th (2016) events for peace and justice at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mankato (MN) have taken place and I wanted to send along several documents and the URL’s for the videos we took at 2 of 3 of our events. Also, I am forwarding the requested information for registering our peace poles with the various organizations I have been in contact with. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let me know (contact info listed below).  Thanks to all of you for assisting in making this effort meaningful!!

Peace Pole Registration Information:
Name of Peace Pole Owner:       St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mankato, Minnesota
Date of Peace Pole Planting:       November 11, 2016 (Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day)

Where did you plant the Peace Pole Project:      In the garden and labyrinth area on the northeast side of our church. Peace Poles will all be placed around the labyrinth so that persons can contemplate peace and its’ meaning to their self and the other messages on our revolving Peace Poles.

Peace Site/Peace Pole Dedication
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYQUbeLOshY
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-tI-OoCy1w

I hope that you find this information useful in your efforts to promote peace and justice throughout the world!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Gerald Schneck

Mayor of Szklarska in Poreba accepts Peace Pole-POLAND

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

On September 23rd, in recognition of the International Day of Peace- members and staff of the World Peace Prayer Society ( WPPS) along with Sonoko Tanaka, WPPS Peace Representative in Italy presented the town of Szklarska, Poreba and its Major with a Peace Pole and dedication ceremony.

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Sonoko was also there to spread the peace education program in local schools.

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That same evening we all visited the Aikido dojo where we planted a Peace Pole a few years ago and had a good meeting with the aikido group.

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Jacek Kozlowski
WPPS, Peace Representative in Poland

Celebrating IDP -20th anniversary of the 49th Peace Pole erected on Peace Mountain in Peace City-Kosice, SLOVAKIA

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Dear friends in peace,

Sending you the report from Slovakia:
September 15th this year was a great day for 120 children including their teachers and parents supporting Peace activities.

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We celebrated the 20th aniversary of the 49th Peace Pole erected on Peace Mountain which is 1242 kilometers high. Peace Mountain, in Peace City is located in Kosice, the east part of Slovakia.  Peace City is visited by many foreign tourist every year-most of them are Japanese.
The activity was held to celebrate the upcoming IDP- “International Day of Peace.”

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500The World Peace Flag Ceremony took place for European COUNTRIES and relay standards for all COUNTRIES was presented.

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It was a special occasion for all participants to see the 15 year old ribbon on the standards. They were from the project in 2001-the LONGEST PEACE message in the world–it is a 3700 meter long ribbon with the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in different languages.

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This year’s activity was finished with reading peace greetings for schools in European COUNTRIES.

Klarka Hodnicova, WPPS Peace Representative, NM-Kosice, Slovakia

A place for peace in Peoria, Arizona-USA

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Rotary Club Peace Pole creates space to ‘explore peace’
Written by Bret McKeand
Independent Newsmedia
Submitted by: Chuck Fitzgerald,  Rotary Club member of Peoria

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Officials behind Peoria’s first Peace Pole project are hoping the effort to “explore peace” locally expands to a worldwide initiative.

The Peoria Peace Pole, a collaborative effort between several Rotary clubs and the Peoria Unified School District, was officially unveiled Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave., in Peoria.

Dedicating the Peoria Peace Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, from left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent; Melissa Pfirman, faculty club advisor for the Centennial Interact Club; Dr. Adam Wolfe, Centennial High School assistant principal

Dedicating the Peoria Peace Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, from left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent; Melissa Pfirman, faculty club advisor for the Centennial Interact Club; Dr. Adam Wolfe, Centennial High School assistant principal

The eight-foot peace pole is located on a concrete slab in front of the school’s auditorium. Surrounded by four benches, the space is meant to be used by students, faculty and residents to simply enjoy a quiet moment and appreciate the value and importance of peace.

“This project is about creating space to explore peace,” said Chuck Fitzgerald, a member of The Rotary Club of Peoria. Mr. Fitzgerald and his club created the idea and led the effort to turn the concept into reality.

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, referred to the Peoria Peace Pole as a place for residents to contemplate and “find a place for peace.”

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, referred to the Peoria Peace Pole as a place for residents to contemplate and “find a place for peace.”

Mr. Fitzgerald is a long-time Rotarian and a former district governor. Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world. Its missions include fighting disease and eradicating polio, supporting education — and promoting peace throughout the world.

“Everytime you perform a service project, you are a peacemaker,” said Mr. Fitzgerald during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mr. Fitzgerald is also the organizer of the Peoria Peace Initiative and is hopeful the Peace Pole is the first of many projects that promote peace within the city.

The inscription on the plaque contains words from author Robert Fulgham

The inscription on the plaque contains words from author Robert Fulgham

The initiative will include on-campus education, community outreach and public awareness of the value and importance of peace. A website for the project has been created at www.peoriapeaceinitiative.org.

The Peoria Rotary Club also supports a Rotary Interact Club at Centennial. Nadina Fish, president of The Rotary Club of Peoria, says students in the club strongly support the idea behind the Peace Pole.

“We love to collaborate with youth exchange programs,” said Ms. Fish.

Centennial student Makayla Steel, president of the Centennial Interact Club, said it’s important for students to embrace the need for peace throughout the world.

“Our club will be ambassadors of peace on our campus,” said Miss Steel. “If we’re not promoting peace, who will?”

The Peoria Peace Pole is located in front of the auditorium at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.

The Peoria Peace Pole is located in front of the auditorium at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.

Contributions to cover the cost of the Peace Pole came from businesses, individuals and other Rotary clubs, including The Rotary Club of Peoria North and clubs in Laughlin, Sun City, Mesa and Phoenix.

The Peoria Unified School District and Centennial High School provided the space and will pay for ongoing maintenance.

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, called the Peace Pole a “grand thing,” and a constant reminder that it’s important to always try to resolve differences in a peaceful manner.

“It’s a very visible symbol of a place to find peace — and it’s right up front.”

Peace Pals Art Exhibition – UN Headquarters New York

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

A Peace Pals Art Exhibition was hosted in the lobby of the United Nations Headquarters in New York between October 17th thought the 29th. The exhibition was made possible through the kind sponsorship of the Japan Mission highlighting the theme, Love to Hiroshima   Love to Nagasaki.  The Exhibition auspiciously coincided with the meetings of the first committee on disarmament held at the UN and the 2016 Week of Spirituality.

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