Archive for February, 2018

Amy Poehler along with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation-NYC-USA

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Amy Poehler wasn’t the only one in attendance at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. The World Peace Prayer Society, WPPS, was represented as well.

 

L to R: Phoebe Blue-NYC Musician, Amy Poehler-Actress & Comedian and Brandon Perdomo-WPPS Rep. at U.N.

Brandon Perdomo, WPPS Representative at the United Nations presented a Peace Pole to Actress/ Comedian, Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is a passionate advocate in the powerful  #metoo movement, she is also spending her time advocating fair wages for restaurant employees across the Country, through “Not on the Menu”.

To have her help in spreading the message of Peace, with her newly gifted custom May Peace Prevail on Earth Pole, is an honor to our organization.

 

Munich Peace Conference – Munich – Germany

Friday, February 16th, 2018
At the Munich Peace Conference
Old Munich Town Hall
February 16, 2018
The Munich Peace Conference is held annually bringing activists together to form alliances and discuss peace building.
WPPS Munich office headed by Dagmar Berkenberg hosted a booth with printed literature introducing the work of WPPS as well as desktop peace poles and various other giveaway items.
Banners with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, translated into multiple languages were also displayed prominently at the Old Munich Town Hall where the Conference took place.
Among the attendants was ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.  ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) won the 2017 Nobel Peace prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition.”  
 
Dagmar presents a Peace Pole to ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.
May peace be in Munich
May peace be in Germany

Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole dedications honoring The World Interfaith Harmony Week – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Representatives of various faith traditions, visionaries, musicians and artists from around the world came to Ethiopia, “Land of Origins”, to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week from 31 January until 7 February 2018.

The week began with a Unity Earth sponsored U-Day Festival – Convergence of Fire.  The two day spiritual retreat and opening ceremony of the U-Day Festival was held in sacred Lalibela where a ceremony to light the Torch of Peace, the Torch of Unity and the Torch of Compassion was presented in the presence of global spiritual and religious leaders, change-makers and musicians.

The highlight interfaith event took place on February 2nd in the Plenary Hall of the African Union Commission building under the theme, “Interfaith Cooperation to Promote a Culture of Peace, Harmony and Human Dignity.”  It was a most auspicious location as members of the African Union Peace and Security Council meet here on a regular basis to negotiate resolutions and programmes which affect the lives of millions of people on the African continent.

The African Union Commission Plenary Hall

Graced by the presence of H.E. Dr. Mulatu Theshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as well as His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Mrs. Amira ElFadil, nearly four hundred international religious, spiritual and cultural leaders and change-makers joined this official World Interfaith Harmony Week event to advocate how peaceful coexistence among religions and spiritual traditions fosters a sustainable and harmonious planet.

President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia delivers opening remarks and joins the moment of prayer to commence the program.

Prayers from various faith traditions were offered to open the program followed by the message “Treat others the way you want to be treated” coined in the Golden Rule read from different holy books by representatives from the Christian Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikh, Bahaï and from the indigenous native American, aboriginal and maori traditions.

Greetings and prayers were offered by His Holiness Abune Mathias (left), Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Shieikh Muhammed-Amin Jamal Omar (middle), President of Ethiopia Islamic Affairs Supreme Council.

Inspirational messages from dignitaries were delivered for this auspicious occasion including a message from Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The Goi Peace Foundation and The World Peace Prayer Society which was read by Mr. Patrick U. Petit, representative of The Goi Peace Foundation.  In his message, Mr. Saionji stressed that the ‘divine spark’ inherent in each human being and in all living things is our common source of existence. He called upon and reminded participants to help igniting the divine spark in humanity’s consciousness in order for lasting peace and harmony to prevail on Earth.

Patrick Petit – Goi Peace Foundation

The World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented by Fumi Johns, Executive Director of WPPS as a grand finale of this auspicious event at the African Union Commission Headquarters.  Participants joined in prayer by offering their hearts and minds for peace to prevail in each single country while young Ethiopians carried with pride and dignity the respective flags of all the nearly 200 countries of the world. An atmosphere of oneness with diversity filled the room. Participants were ecstatic and deeply moved by the energy of oneness as the Flag Ceremony came to a dramatic close in the presence of all the member flags of the African Union.

Once the Ceremony came to a close and while the room was filled with a vibrating spirit of joyful unity, a Peace Pole was presented to the people of Ethiopia and to the African Union Commission followed by a series of desktop Peace Poles presented to religious and cultural dignitaries present at this commemorative event.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week event at the African Union Commission Headquarters was facilitated and orchestrated by H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, WPPS Peace Representative in Ethiopia and Representative of the United Religious Initiative to Africa and to the African Union Commission, who worked tirelessly to make this special event happen, and to whom we would like to cordially express our deepest gratitude and respect.

May peace be in Ethiopia
May peace prevail on earth

African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security accepts Peace Pole – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

WPPS sister organization, The Goi Peace Foundation presented a Peace Pole to H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security on 2 February 2018 for his outstanding leadership in peacemaking and security building, and for tirelessly implementing the African Peace and Security Architecture across the African continent.

The unveiling of the Peace Pole in the lobby of the Peace and Security Building.

Despite of the great challenges Ambassador Chergui and his staff are facing in the creation of a culture of peace and prosperity in Africa, they have never let themselves discouraged by all sorts of difficult circumstances, but despite all odds, continue keeping good faith and feeling compassionate in their noble mission to bring peace in all corners of Africa. To “silencing the guns” by the year 2020 and “sustaining peace” in Africa is the utmost objective of the AU Department for Peace and Security.

Patrick U. Petit, Representative of the Goi Peace Foundation, presents Peace Pole to H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security.

In his remarks, Ambassador Chergui expressed his gratitude for having received this Peace Pole which he will permanently display at the entrance lobby of the Nyerere Peace and Security Building. In his words, the universal message of peace, May Peace Prevail on Earth, should remind, inspire and encourage his Department staff day by day, as well as visitors to the Building to implement humanity’s collective aspiration. Ambassador Chergui also stressed that his ambition lies in the vision that every individual on Earth should embrace peace in its thoughts, words and deeds on a daily basis.
The AU Department of Peace and Security is located in the Nyerere Peace and Security Building on the facility of African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Goi Peace Foundation and the AU Department for Peace and Security are looking forward to further collaboration in the field of peace education, women and peace, peace through arts, and conflict prevention in the nearest future.
Please visit the website of the African Union Department for Peace and Security at http://www.peaceau.org

 

Ban Ya Temple plants Peace Pole – Korean Town, Los Angeles, CA – USA

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

A group of dedicated WPPS members visited Ban Ya Temple in Korea Town located in Los Angeles, California.  The 5 peace delegation met with Huncher Sunim, the temple monk, who kindly accepted the Peace Pole to be planted in the grounds of the temple.  It was a glorious day filled with joy and prayers as all members gathered around the peace pole to offer their prayers for peace to prevail on earth to dedicate the Peace Pole together.