Archive for January, 2017

First International Peace Pole in western India in Pichola lakeside in Udaipur, Rajasthan-INDIA

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

On January 14, 2017 (aka Makar Sankranti, the Hindu solstice) the first International Peace Pole in western India was dedicated by a vivid varied multi-generational crowd in the new eco-artistic sanctuary of Shaktipur on the Pichola lakeside in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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Co-organized by New York’s Vanaver Caravan (VC) and Udaipur’s Big Medicine Charitable Trust (BMCT), the event engaged foreign well-wishers from several continents as well as local Indians of all castes and creeds.

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The dance & song-filled ceremony was led by VC co-founders Livia and Bill Vanaver and the Peace Pole was formally unveiled by BMCT co-founder Premilla Dixit Nag and BMCT trustee & renowned Buddhist/Dalit leader Dr. Kusum Meghwal. Local bard Ashok Jain Manthan facilitated Hindi/English translation and contributed lovely original poetry.

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The Peace Pole is protectively located on Shaktipur’s beautiful but geomantically vulnerable northeast corner at the foot of a sacrad kadam tree; and its inspirational inscription is rendered in Mewari, Urdu, English and Japanese.

Learn more about Shakti Caravan and the work we are doing in India.   www.shakticaravan

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The pole is also auspiciously positioned at the heart of the erstwhile princely state of Mewar famed for centuries of internal peace and fraternal tolerance among its many diverse religious and tribal communities.

Please let everyone know and come visit the Peace Pole in Udaipur, India

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Respectfully submitted by:
David Kubiak and Livia Drapkin Vanaver

Traveling Peace Pole in City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts-USA

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

City of Fitchburg Massachusetts, Mayor Stephen DiNatale and Human Rights Commission Chair, Barbara Nealon, display Peace Pole donated by Margaret Gabrelli.

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The Peace Pole will be featured in City Hall’s Lobby initially; the plan is to rotate it through the Schools and then to other areas of the City.

 

9/11 Interfaith Service-Buddha’s Light Temple, Flushing, NY-USA September 11, 2016

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A beautiful “Prayers for World Peace Interfaith Ceremony” was held at the Buddha’s Light Temple, home of the International Buddhist Progress Society of New York.

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Rev. Deborah Moldow was invited to speak among the representatives of diverse faiths, including Rabbi Roger Ross and Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office.

Deborah Leads May Peace Prevail on Earth

Deborah offered a desktop Peace Pole as a gift to the Dharma Master, who placed it on the main altar. She also led the large congregation in saying three times, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

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International Vigil for Peace & Ecology-Central Park Band Shell, NYC-USA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

September 18, 2016

The annual Vigil for Peace & Ecology, organized by retired U.N. staff member Rev. Susana Bastarrica, was held in Central Park on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and, as always, featured the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various ways. The WPPS flags were present, along with a prominent banner across the front of the stage.

Dileep with Peace Pole

At 12 noon, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, directed participants to form a peace sign holding a selection of smaller flags and taking a Minute of Silence, followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

The lively day-long event included choirs, traditional Chinese, Mexican, and Korean dances, and a Japanese Butoh performance by WPPS Youth Representative to the United Nations, Brandon Perdomo.  Brandon and fellow dancer Allysa Oliver were in front of the stage, moving and dancing with 50lbs of sacks of rice each, accompanied by a live cellist and percussionist on stage.

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Toward the close of the day, the park guards asked the event to close down early, just as a Beatles tribute band was setting up. Miraculously, Rev. Deborah Moldow managed to secure one of the band’s microphones and have the large flags distributed among the crowd just in time to conduct a brief but heartfelt World Peace Prayer Ceremony! (Unfortunately, the band did not get to play.)

12 Noon Photo by Michele Risa

Central Park readied New York City for the International Day of Peace three days later by echoing the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Spirit of the UN Awards-777 United Nations Plaza-USA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

October 25, 2016

Each year, during the Week of Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns, the NGO Committee on Spirituality and Global Concerns-NY offers the Spirit of the United Nations award to representatives of the UN community, including an ambassador, a UN staff member and an NGO. Deborah Moldow was the co-recipient with Monica Willard in 2009.

This year, Rev. Deborah was invited to offer the opening invocation. She invoked the Spirit of Peace and invited all present to repeat, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

 

“You Are the Light of the World” Gaiafield Global Shift Meditation-GLOBAL

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

November 1, 2016

David Nicol, founder of the Gaiafield Project, invited Deborah Moldow to lead the monthly Global Shift Meditation, hosted by The Shift Network. Deborah chose the theme, “You Are the Light of the World,” offering a meditation that led everyone to plant Peace Poles of light all over the world.

This meditation can be accessed at http://theshiftnetwork.com/meditation/LightOfTheWorld/recording.

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

ICERM “Pray for Peace” New York City-USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

ICERM “Pray for Peace” New York City
Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive
November 3, 2016

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The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation produced an event entitled Pray for Peace at the Interchurch Center in New York City. On November 2-3, 2016, more than one hundred conflict resolution scholars, practitioners, policymakers, religious leaders, and students from diverse fields of study and professions from more than 15 countries gathered for the 3rd Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, and the Pray for Peace event – a multi-faith, multi-ethnic, and multi-national prayer for global peace. Rev. Deborah Moldow was invited as a guest speaker, bringing along a Peace Pole that was prominently featured throughout the event.

A highlight was the presentation of an award presented by ICERM president Basil Ugorji to the “Interfaith Amigos,” a rabbi, an imam and a minister dedicated to interfaith harmony.

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Deborah was delighted to meet again Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman, whom she had met at Mt. Fuji during the launch event for the Fuji Declaration and Symphony of Peace Prayers in May 2015. Both men of cloth gave uplifting presentations that left everyone with great hope for the future.

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society

 

 

Lift Up America Campaign-USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Prior to the U.S. presidential elections, numerous organizations were calling for prayers and collective meditation events with aligned purposes: not to promote a particular outcome, but rather to raise the consciousness of the nation.

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Deborah Moldow approached various groups with the idea of forming a coalition that would cross-promote one another’s initiatives. The result was the Lift Up America Campaign that included The World Peace Prayer Society, Source of Synergy Foundation, the Gaiafield Project, America Meditating Radio and UNIFY.

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A video was produced for the coalition by Source of Synergy and LinkMedia and shared widely on Facebook that featured the WPPS Prayers for USA Webinar on November 5th and the prayer “May Peace Prevail in the United States of America.” More than 28,000 viewed the video.

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

Opening to the Spirit of the United Nations: Music, Mindfulness & Meditation-United Nations-USA

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

OPENING TO THE SPIRIT OF THE UNITED NATIONS:
Music, Mindfulness & Meditation

On October 28, 2016, the Sacred and Transcendental Arts Working Group brought together representatives of NGOs, CSOs, UN Agencies and Missions along with performers of sacred and secular music in a program called, “Opening to the Spirit of the U.N.: Music, Meditation and Mindfulness.” This program focused on how the sacred arts of music, meditation and mindfulness can be vehicles for support of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Promote Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies). The event featured ceremony, inspiring speakers and a variety of music.

Rev. Deborah Muldow (front) with Yanni Maniates, Ben Bowler, Sean and Rastas

Rev. Deborah Muldow (front) with Yanni Maniates, Ben Bowler, Sean and Rastas

This event was sponsored by The Sacred and Transcendental Arts Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-New York (“CSVGC”) as a closing to the 2016 Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.

Tom W. Q. Jiang, co-chairman of the Global Peace Messengers Alliance, a Chinese peace NGO

Tom W. Q. Jiang, co-chairman of the Global Peace Messengers Alliance, a Chinese peace NGO

Deborah Moldow, the Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society, helped to organize the event. She offered a Call to Purpose that included the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” – and the more than 100 people gathered all responded by spontaneously repeating the prayer. Deborah suggested that Sustainable Development Goal #16 would serve as a bridge to a culture of peace that would draw forth the Divine Spark in all humanity, as stated in the Fuji Declaration.

Jake Blackbear Singer

Jake Blackbear Singer

A small Peace Pole graced the altar through the opening indigenous prayer songs by Jake “Blackbear” Singer and inspiring speakers Dr. Kurt Johnson, Ben Bowler of 1God.com, Dr. Andrew Vidich, and Sharon Hamilton-Getz. Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak offered a meditation with stunning visuals on the large screen, including a shot from the WPPS event in the UN General Assembly and one showing Deborah with a large Peace Pole. There were numerous performances, including a rousing Reggae finale by Pato Banton and Antoinette.

Pato Banton

Pato Banton

Ras I Ray

Ras I Ray

Later, Jake Blackbear told Deborah that he was headed to Washington, DC to offer a Pipe Ceremony inside the courtyard of the Pentagon on Nov. 4-5 with only 19 others invited. Deborah offered him the desktop Peace Pole to bring along, in alignment with the large Peace Pole inside the Pentagon chaplain’s chapel.

2016 Peace Pals International artwork displayed at FABI-Celle, GERMANY

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Artwork from 2016 Peace Pals International Art Competition  were displayed at the “Family Education Center” (also known as the “FABI Center”)  in the town of Celle, Germany.

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Celle is located one hour south of Hamburg.

In the Family Education Center, parents and children can subscribe to a variety of courses, such as:  studying foreign languages, computer classes, arts, culture, and more.  FABI Center is open to the public seven-days a week.

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Mrs. Kristina Bork,  an Art Instructor  at the FABI Center, introduced the 2016 Peace Pals International theme  “Unity in diversity” to the Management.

It was agreed that 50 pieces of artwork will be exhibited from November 2016 to January 2017.

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The local newspaper of Celle reported on the inauguration of the exhibition. At one stage,  a few Syrian refugee women studying German at the FABI Center looked at the painting trying hard to understand what the exhibition is all about.They were so pleased to find the peace message,  “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” written in the Arabic language on one of the paintings submitted by a child from the United Arab Emirates.

https://www.fabi-celle.de/