Archive for February, 2017

Peace Pals 2016 Winner donates Peace Pole Prize to School – USA

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Avelyn Jing, 5 of the USA, won First Place in her age group in the 2016 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. Avelyn portrayed the theme of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and “Oneness with Diversity” by drawing children from various nationalities dancing together under a rainbow and peace dove, surrounding by flags in hearts.


Avelyn, who has a passion for art, was inspired by the fun she has dancing and singing with her friends, many of whom hail from diverse backgrounds.


As part of her prize, Avelyn was awarded a 6-foot Peace Pole which she and her family donated to her school Palo Verde Elementary. Avelyn’s award was announced on February 24th at the school morning assembly and the Peace Pole was recognized as decorated monument for reminding and visualizing peace.


“Earth Holder Sangha” dedicate a Peace Pole at Heritage Village, Southbury, Connecticut-USA

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On, Sunday, December 11, 2016 the “Earth Holder Sangha” a community in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated the dedication of a Peace Pole with “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH’ in four languages: English, Celtic/Gaelic, Hebrew, and Oglala Sioux Lakota.


Each side represents the ancestral heritage of Judith Stevens, who purchased the Peace Pole.

Bruce Nichols, of Shelton, CT co-facilitated along with Shaman Lucy Lightwalker.  Each gave gifts for the Earth and to our ancestors.  Tobacco and holy water from all over the earth was gathered and poured on the ground, as well as gifts by participants in the dedication.

Each person present chanted, MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.  Bruce also brought ashes given to him at a sacred Hopi ceremony following September 11th tragic event.

An Irish Blessing by John O’Donohue, now deceased; a gatha by Thich Nhat Hanh was recited; and a Blessing by Oglala Sioux Lakota chief were also chanted.

Guests were treated to homemade mulled cider and finger foods and a very special sheet cake with MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH written on the cake.

The site of the dedication is at Heritage Village,  Southbury, CT.

Submitted by:  Judith E. Stevens

Peace Poles planted at Lake Baikal, Southern Siberia-RUSSIA

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

My group visited Lake Bailkal and planted two Peace Poles, located in Irukutsk,  Siberia, Russia.


Lake Baikal is considered the oldest ( 25 million years) and deepest lake in the world.  It contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve.

We stayed at the hotel in Fujil village in Orion Island where the Buryat tribes live.

We talked to the hotel owner about the Peace Pole Project and  of our wish to donate the Peace Pole.  The hotel owner happily accepted the Peace Pole.

He informed us that people from all over the world visit the island and that he most welcomed the offering of the Peace Pole planted at his hotel.

The Peace Pole planting took place on April 16th, 2016

Peace Pole at Marriot Hotel in Irukusk in Eastern Siberia-RUSSIA

On the April 18th, we stayed at Marriot hotel Irukutsk and planted a Peace Pole.  General manager of the hotel was from Lebanon and he is a great supporter of Peace and accepted our Peace Pole in his hotel.  Irukutsk is a very old and historical city that represents Eastern Siberia.


We also visited a museum, monastery and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, offering our presents of desktop Peace Poles and Origami  paper doll bookmarks.  The people were very happy about our presents and the message of Peace.  We  also made an honorary visit to the Japanese cemetery by Lake Baikal where many Japanese soldiers were captured and forced to labor after WWII and died in the frozen land.

May Peace be in Siberia!
May Peace be in Russia!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Respectfully submitted by: Kuniko Fukuse, Tokyo, Japan


Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in Funabashi, Chiba-JAPAN

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

In 2016, we held our 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in the Citizen’s Gallery of Funabashi City in Chiba, Japan.  It was held from August 10th to August 14th.

The Peace Pals International Art Exhibition was part of our peace exhibition, entitled,  “Vibration of Love and Peace” which also included paintings, calligraphy, photographs, origami art and hand crafts.


The visitors were  impressed by the vibrant colors in each piece of artwork and the artistic ability of each child to express their “pure intention for peace.”

The visitors happily helped themselves to the Peace Pals postcards and Origami bookmarks as their souvenirs.

It was very pleasing for us to see some visitors return again along with their friends  for the 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.

Respectfully submitted by: Yoko Okita

Peace Pole at Pax Christi table at Religious Education Congress, Feb 23 weekend-Los Angeles, California-USA

Monday, February 6th, 2017

I have had the portable Peace Pole displayed  at the Religious Education Congress  for years. We have a permanent Peace Pole installed in the meditation garden at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care and the portable Peace Pole in the Chapel that we take to conferences, such as the Religious Education Congress.

St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care Peace Pole

Fr Chris Ponnet
St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
1911 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Acts of Service-Peace Pole-Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

As of May 31st, 2016, a new Peace Pole stands as a monument to peace in the Thurston Memorial Chapel Courtyard. The 6-foot tall Peace Pole, made from ʻōhiʻa wood, bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.


Acts of service by alumni, students and faculty serving their communities take place every day, all around the world. Stories were contributed to the collection of 175 acts of service and a Peace Pole planted in honor of the School’s 175th anniversary.

Fifth-grade students in Angie Church’s class plant a tree in honor of the U.N. International Day of Peace each year. Inspired by the activity, Katie Weldon, whose daughter is in fifth grade, coordinated the creation of two Peace Poles. Plans for installation of the second Peace Pole on Rocky Hill are scheduled for September, in time for International Peace Day.

Church’s students chose 10 languages to be represented on the poles: English, Hawaiian, Finnish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Latin, Filipino (Ilocano), Spanish and Italian. Parents and faculty, both on campus and across the world, helped translate “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Students created templates of the lettering, and Weldon’s husband, Dr. Ed Weldon ’85, who does woodworking as a hobby, carved the messages into the wood. Students painted the lettering with black paint before Ed finished the pole and Physical Plant staff installed it.

“The Peace Pole is a beautiful reminder for us to strive for peace within ourselves and in our world,” said Church.