Archive for December, 2008
An annual “WalkRally for Peace” is held as a culmination of the activities that take place during Peace and Ecology week (October 20th-26th) and also to commemorate UN Week Celebration (UN Day is October 24th).
Mario Fungo, Peace Representative for The World Peace Prayer Society, resides in the Philippines. Mario is the President and Executive Director of The Building and Organizing Christian Communities, Inc. (BOCC), and the coordinator of the Young Peace Society for Environment and Leadership (YPSEL). BOCC and YPSEL team up with the local Non Governmental Organization, which is the Sta. Magdalena Alliance for Community Development (SAMACD), in the Philippines, to organize the WalkRally for Peace to demonstrate their commitment to peace and preserving the environment.
Last spring we dedicated our Peace Pole. Each year our school, Cooper City High in Cooper City, Florida, participate in a joint school/community peace rally. My environmental club, referred to as: SITE (Students Improving The Environment) planted a hummingbird garden surrounding the Peace Pole. The art students made mosaic stepping stones that created a peace symbol around the Peace Pole, and the students from the multicultural club dressed in the traditional outfits of their countries for the event. On that night, the community was invited to plant wild flower seeds around the Peace Pole. It was such fun to watch the flowers grow over the next few months. Pamela Robb, Teacher, Cooper City High School
A group, comprised of 13 Japanese peace delegates traveled to Tasmania, Australia to plant a Peace Pole at Wind Song Inn.
On Wednesday, November 26th everyone present wrote special prayers that were placed in a time capsule which was planted alongside the Peace Pole. One visitor had written 300 sets of 7 prayers on small pieces of paper that were also placed within the capsule.
Prior to the planting, the attendees were greeted with a traditional Aboriginal welcome song, “Welcome to Country” by Tianji Brown, a young Tasmanian Aboriginal, who lives in the area.
Everyone then assisted in some way to ensure that the Peace Pole was well planted and that the beautiful message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” would radiate from Wind Song to all its visitors.
As with all significant events, the evening ended with a festive celebration, to include:
An Aussie barbecue, music, singing, dancing and lots of laughter! Jane and Tom Teniswood
Seeking blessings to build more interfaith communities across the globe.
The Universal message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, continues to inspire peoples from all faiths throughout the world!
World Peace Flag Ceremony Thanksgiving Day Celebration The Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona-November 27, 2008Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
It was particularly memorable for The World Peace Prayer Society this year as we were invited by Dr. Gabriel Cousen, founder of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, to present a World Peace Flag Ceremony as part of their Thanksgiving Day Celebration.
The Tree of Life has the world’s largest Chatres Labyrinth. The Ceremony took place within this amazing energetic portal in the desert of Patagonian surrounded by rolling hills under a wide expansive sky.
As each nation flag was announced, followed with the prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth for each country, flag bearers entered the sacred labyrinth led by Gabriel in a procession of swirling colors and melodic movement. The flag procession ended at the heart of the labyrinth where the earth flag awaited us.
At the closing of the Ceremony, prayers of gratitude to all of creation on earth was recited by attendees in honor of Thanksgiving Day with the prayer May Peace Prevail On Earth repeated three times as each nation flag was raised high. Gabriel gave blessings for the daily bread through the food offering which was placed by the earth flag. He then led the flag bearers in guided meditation with song, titled “May Peace Prevail On Earth” which brought the ceremony to a close.
A holographic image of peace radiated forth from Patagonia, Arizona to every corner on earth.
Afterwards, friends, family and community members were invited to gather at the Raw and Living Food eatery, for a Thanksgiving Feast! May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Photograph below: (on right) Dr. Gabriel Cousen, founder of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center with Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society.