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WPPS & URI-Africa Sign an Agreement to Promote a Culture of Peace in Africa

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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WPPS & URI-Africa Sign an Agreement to Promote a Culture of Peace in Africa

March 28, 2017

The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) and United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa) signed a partnership agreement to enhance the working partnership at the national, sub-regional and continental levels in Africa to promote a culture of peace.

The agreement was signed in San Francisco at the Global Support Office of the United Religions Initiative on March 28, 2017 by Ms. Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS, and by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI-Africa, Representative of URI to the African Union and United Nations, and Global Envoy of URI.

The objectives of the agreement are:

• To collaborate and maintain a close working partnership to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the spirit of the universal peace prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth”
• To organize world peace prayer ceremonies
• To plant peace poles in the spirit of peace building
• To commemorate UN Days through public events like the International Day of Peace on September 21st
• To support the principles, goals and programs of the United Nations (UN) and its agencies and to disseminate information and educational materials about the work of the UN on peace issues
• To work together for a sustainable peace with the participation of NGOs, individuals and intergovernmental organizations involved in educating and ending domestic violence, as well as with the corporate, faith and media sectors
• To promote a culture of peace, the teaching of the Golden Rule, and inter-religious and intercultural constructive dialogue, and to build trust and peaceful coexistence in Africa
• To organize workshops, meetings, and seminars, and to develop and implement peace projects jointly.

The partnership agreement sets out clear areas of engagement and a plan of action for the two organizations to work together.

On the occasion of the signing of the agreement, Executive Director of WPPS Fumi Johns Stewart said, “What a tremendous opportunity to ignite the spark of peace, tolerance and compassion in our hearts, to work toward a common goal in building a culture of peace beginning in Africa and rippling out to other continents of the world.”

On his part, Amb. Mussie Hailu said, “As a bridge-building interfaith organization, it is such a great pleasure for URI-Africa to foster this institutional working partnership with WPPS to promote a culture of peace and non-violence.  At this opportunity, I want to recognize the extraordinary work and contribution of WPPS since its establishment in 1954 in promoting the culture of peace through the spirit of the universal peace prayer of May Peace Prevail on Earth in the world.”

World Peace Prayer Society is a non-political, non-religious, international peace organization that works to share the message of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” through the Peace Pole Project, with over 140,000 Peace Poles planted around the globe.

URI-Africa is an interfaith organization which is working to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings. It has 200 member organizations in 32 African countries, with a regional office based in Nairobi, Kenya. There is a sub-regional office based in Uganda for Great Lakes Region Countries, in Nigeria for West African Countries, in South Africa for Southern African Countries, and in Djibouti for the Horn of Africa.

Both organizations have NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH

Remembering the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima Day on August 6th, 2016

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

WPPS members of Hiroshima organized the annual World Peace Flag Ceremony in front of the atomic bomb dome in the heart of the Hiroshima Peace Park on August 6th. 

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WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted a live synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.

The message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, authored by Masahisa Goi of Japan rose out of the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a message of peace, hope and reconciliation.  The peace message has now touched the hearts of men, women and children the world over and continues to awaken the consciousness of the global family.

WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted alive synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.

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James Twyman with WPPS Exec. Director Fumi Johns Stewart

THE LIVE WEBCAST WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

Thousands watched the live broadcast to connect their hearts with Hiroshima.

The Hiroshima Buddha in Nara

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Home of the Hiroshima Buddha, Gokurakuji Temple, Nara, Japan

At the same time in Nara, Japan, a World Peace Flag Ceremony was held at the Gokurakuji Buddhist Temple hosted by Chief Priest Tanaka.  The Temple houses the Hiroshima Buddha which went missing during the construction of the Hiroshima Peace Park and made its way miraculously to Gokurakuji Temple.

Peace Pole gifted to President Obama by WPPS Hiroshima Members!

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

As the very first sitting President of the United States, President Obama joined atomic bomb survivors and Japanese officials for a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Park

on May 27th, 2016.  His visit of reconciliation and healing was received with great appreciation and touched the hearts of the citizens of Hiroshima.  In gratitude and in honor of his visit, WPPS members of Hiroshima sent President Obama a Peace Pole. 

Let’s all hope that it will be planted soon in front of the white house!

World Peace & Prayer Day – Prayer Run for World Peace – The World Peace Sanctuary – Wassaic, NY – USA

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

June 17th, 2014

Dr. Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Photo by Doug Anderson

It was an honor to be  in the presence of Dr. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, “Keeper of the Sacred Pipe” Lakota/Sioux Nation and Founding Advisory Board member of The World Peace Prayer Society.  Chief Arvol Looking Horse led the group in a very sacred ( peace pipe- c’anunpa) prayer ceremony offering prayers of gratitude and prayers for healing for Mother Earth and All Life on Earth!

As the youth were preparing to start the run, two red-tailed hawks circled above—an unexplainable sense of “well being”was clearly present among all.

WP&PD Run

Photo by Doug Anderson

WP&Pday runners

Photo by Doug Anderson

30 mile youth led prayer run for World Peace-from The World Peace Sanctuary-Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society to Bowdoin County Park Wappingers Falls, NY.

WP&PD at WPS

Photo by Doug Anderson

An 8 foot –8 language Peace Pole will be planted honoring “sacred sites” at Bowdoin County Park in celebration of World Peace & Prayer Day, a 4-day event, starting June 19th-June 22nd, 2014.

All Nations-All Faiths-One Prayer—“MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.”

I-Key Mini Workshop at The World Peace Sanctuary-Wassaic, New York-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Twenty-four people attended this amazing introductory workshop about somatic peace­­mak­ing:  train­ing body, mind and spirit to “do con­flict well.”

Sponsors: Urban Visions, Inc. & The Watershed Center

Hosted by: The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary

The 8-hour interactive Mini Workshop was based on the theme “ Art of Peace.”

Participants were shown how to:

* Keep cool under stress

* Move & speak gently

* Respect aggressor

* Receive in harmony

* Transform danger

* Earn respect

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS welcomed the guests, by giving an introduction to the mission and work of The World Peace Prayers Society and The Peace Pole Project.  To close the workshop Ann Marie led a World Peace (flag card) Ceremony.

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS,  led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS, led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole – USA

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole – USA
2013

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This magnificent aluminum memorial Peace Pole was crafted for those who perished during the attacks of September 11th 2001.   It is 6 sided and nearly 11 feet tall with a total of 12 translations of May Peace Prevail On Earth. Prayers of peace have been collected from people of all faiths all over the world through our website at www.worldpeace.org.  The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole was dedicated in a grand ceremony in 2002 at the World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society in upstate New York.

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Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far – USA

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far—USA

The Interfaith Observer http://theinterfaithobserver.org published a guest editorial for the September edition called “Pray4Peace: An Interfaith Response to Violence Near and Far” http://theinterfaithobserver.org/journal-articles/2012/9/15/an-interfaith-response-to-violence-near-and-far.html

WPPS UN Representative Rev. Deborah Moldow co-wrote the piece with Dr. Dorothy Maver, president and CEO of the National Peace Academy and executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.  In it, they explore the power of prayer as a response to both natural and man-made disasters, and particularly to “the very illness that has plagued human history, our addiction to violence.”

Our prayers for one another – and especially our prayers for peace – are building a worldwide web of caring that will be the hallmark of a new culture of peace.re building a worldwide web of caring that will be the hallmark of a new culture of peace.

Peace Yoga at The World Peace Sanctuary – Wassaic, New York – SA

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

May 7th, 2012

Hatha Yoga is offered at The World Peace Sanctuary on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Class began on Monday, May 7th, 2012.

Ann Marie Robustelli, WPPS Executive Assistant, welcomed everyone with a brief explanation regarding the mission of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS).

The Universal Peace Message and Prayer, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” is the opening statement for each session.

These lovely women are from the surrounding areas: Wingdale, Dover Plains, Amenia and Wassaic, New York. Maria Polhemus, Yoga Instructor (1st on R).

Earth Day- ( April 22nd) The World Peace Sanctuary-USA

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Earth Day- ( April 22nd) The World Peace Sanctuary-USA

Staff at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony in honor of Earth Day, on the lovely Peace Path lined with Peace Poles representing UN member states. Heartfelt Prayers of Gratitude were offered to Mother Earth as each nation was announced, closing with “May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

Fumi Johns-Stewart, Ann Marie Robustelli, Jules Lamore and Jim Dugan

Executive Director speaks about “Peace Culture in Japan”- Wassaic, NY-USA

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

February 5th, 2012

Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society graciously accepted an invitation to meet with Mr. David Janes, at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society.

Mr. David Janes is the Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President at the United States-Japan Foundation.

Mr. Janes is also a doctoral candidate in sociology at The New School for Social Research and is currently engaged in research regarding “peace culture in Japan.”

Congratulations to the ShopPeace 1000th customer-Massachusetts-USA

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Congratulations to the ShopPeace 1000th customer-Massachusetts-USA

Thanks to all our supporters in spreading the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth by purchasing Peace items from our on-line ShopPeace Gift Shop.

Congratulations to Marianne of Massachusetts who is the 1000th customer to have placed an orderat The World Peace Prayer Society’s ShopPeace Gift Shop.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

In Gratitude from the all of us at The World Peace Sanctuary
Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society
Wassaic, New York-USA