Archive for June, 2017

Sherwood Rotary Club spreads message of peace around city- Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Peace Poles are sprouting up around Sherwood, and each one is unique, with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” appearing in four different languages chosen by the facilities where they are sited.

Gathered at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center on April 14 to dedicate another peace pole provided by the Sherwood Rotary Club. Photo by Barbara Sherman

One of the Peace Poles was dedicated at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center ( 21907 Southwest Sherwood, Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon) on April 14, 2017 in a ceremony led by Thressa Caulkins, center director, and Karen Strickland with the Rotary Club’s Peace Committee. The pole features English, Spanish, Japanese and sign language as its four languages.

“Sherwood Rotary is a Peace Builder Club in Rotary District 5100, which has a goal of establishing 100 new peace Poles in Oregon and Washington through funding by the Jubitz Family Foundation,” Strickland said. “This pole at the senior center represents one more towards that goal and our overall mission of promoting world peace and understanding.”

According to Wendy Wells, Sherwood Rotary service chair, the club will provide poles to locations who wish to partner with the Rotary Club of Sherwood in offering peace programming and education to the community.

“Our club was awarded a grant from the Sherwood Rotary Foundation to fund this year’s peace programs and poles, which was supplemented by Jubitz Family Foundation money for the peace pole project,” Wells said. “Our club hopes to be awarded a grant for the coming year to support peace programming, including purchasing peace poles.”

To read the full story:  http://pamplinmedia.com/sherwood-rotary-club-spreads-message-of-peace-around-city

Peace Pole in Healing Garden at Children’s Center-Oregon City, Oregon-USA

Monday, June 12th, 2017

On April 21st, Children’s Center joined multiple Rotarian groups in the Pacific Northwest and Portland Metro for a special Peace Pole Planting, where numerous Peace Poles were planted and established in the community. Each Peace Pole bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

At the invitation of Linda Cohen, and with support from the Jubitz Family Foundation, Children’s Center recently planted a new “Peace Pole” in our Healing Garden. Proclaiming “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages, it reminds all who arrive of the hope that underpins our daily work. Similar monuments now stand in more than 120 Tri-County locations, and in 180 countries—as of 2017, Peace Poles have been planted in every country around the world.

Last month, I was a guest of the eighth-grade students at the Oregon Islamic Academy of the Muslim Educational Trust. In partnership with PGE and The Oregon Community Foundation, the students in “Community 101” invited and evaluated grant proposals from organizations serving victims of abuse and neglect. Children’s Center received the largest award: $1,500 to support our Intake and Family Support team. During the check presentation, the students described how this initiative epitomized their peaceful faith. Their efforts truly brought the sentiment on our Peace Pole to life.

Sadly, one week after my visit with these inspiring students, two young women—one of whom was wearing a hijab—were verbally attacked on a Tri-Met MAX train. Two men who attempted to intervene were killed and a third was seriously wounded. The incident sent shock waves across the country.

I can’t fathom the roots of such hatred. But, like Martin Luther King, I believe in “the bright daybreak of peace.” In this instance, I’m heartened by the community’s support for all the victims—including and especially the women. The outpouring of sympathy and understanding attests to love’s enduring power over hate.

In our lobby, we have a sign (in four languages) explaining that Children’s Center is a “Safe Zone.” Soon, we’ll add another message—one that is being displayed by many like-hearted organizations: We gladly welcome ALL races, ALL religions, ALL countries of origin, ALL sexual orientations, ALL genders. We stand with you. You are safe here.

I look forward to the day that such proclamations are no longer necessary. In the meantime, I’m proud to be working with a staff and board for whom unarmed truth and unconditional love really are the final word.

TOM SOMA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Orlando Peace Pole Dedicated during Pulse Anniversary Observances-Orlando, Florida-USA

Monday, June 12th, 2017

First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Fla., dedicated a Peace Pole on its campus on June 12, 2017, as part of its observance of the first anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

Rev. Tom McCloskey unveils a Peace Pole at First United Methodist Church of Orlando on June 12, 2017, the first anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

Rev. Tom McCloskey, church members, community leaders and first responders gathered to remember those lost on June 12, 2016.  The Peace Pole has the peace prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in seven different languages, representing the diversity of the local community.

Members of the Women’s Bible Study group at First United Methodist Church of Orlando are shown with Landscape Architect Harlan Hansen and Pastor Tom McCloskey following the dedication of the Peace Pole on their church campus.  The women raised money for the Peace Pole and “planted” it during services commemorating the first anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

As part of the landscaping, the church created a “Pathway to Peace,” with stepping stones engraved with the names of famous peacemakers.  The Orlando Peace Pole was sculpted by artist Joel Selmeier of Cincinnati.

Submitted by Suzanne McGovern

“Peace Acupuncture for this World”- Peace Pole in Stockerau, AUSTRIA

Friday, June 9th, 2017

 

https://evang-stockerau.org/2017/06/09/moege-frieden-auf-erden-sein/
Literal translation of the article has been provided below.

May Peace Prevail on Earth
Dagmar Berkenberg
WPPS, Germany

Dear all, surely you already saw our peace pillar outside the Lutheran Church in Stockerau. In the beginning, some of you might have thought; “is this a new billboard?”

But when we placed the words on the Peace Pole last November, you all realized:   Peace is the Subject!   Möge Frieden auf Erden sein!

The common wish “May Peace Prevail on Earth”  will be the realization that people of all nations, traditions and religions begin to reflect and get closer with one another.

In our global society we cannot afford to only care for our own and condemn everything else as the foreigner – the stranger.

Worldwide there are thousands of similar peace reminders and monuments like his one,  in difference places, in a variety of  different materials, colors & shapes and in many many languages.

“Peace Acupuncture for this world”- This is the term our artist Mr. Leo Pfisterer refers to Peace Poles, that have been planted into the ground.

As Christians of the Protestant Church we do not think that planting a Peace Pole makes our world automatically more peaceful.

It would be wonderful if it was that simple.

A person who views the daily news or who simply walks through life with open eyes,  will quickly realize how human beings fight with one other on a small or large scale,

for such reasons such as hate, lust for power, jealousy, greed and how many are caught in a vicious circle of violence and terror.

How wonderful it would be, if we can change human beings.