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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

A Call To Peace Peace gathering at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

Monday, October 25th, 2010

September 25th, 2010

A Call To Peace in honor of the International Day of Peace (IDP),
is an annual peace gathering held at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society and home of The Peace Pole Project.

September 21st marks the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, designated by resolution in 1982 for the purpose of highlighting efforts to end conflict, cease fire and promote peace.

Native American Prayers

We felt that this year is a particularly important year to recognize the absolute necessity of everyday peace work in our lives. The emphasis reflected in A Call To Peace 2010 theme, in relationship to IDP, with offering 4 Peace Poles, handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary designated for Afghanistan. Attendees were invited to submit written prayers for the people of Afghanistan. The prayers were sent along with the Peace Poles that will be dedicated in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Prayers for Afghanistan with Mr. Royesh from Marefat School, Afghanistan

The day in its entirety was truly a magnificent! Mother Nature blessed us with a perfect summer-like day as did the 74 plus youth who participated in our Program, such as the Nepalese dancers and young Chinese singers, the local Hudson Valley Girl Scouts and Peace Pals group from Connecticut!

Each year, our gathering is held under the canopy of a century-old Walnut Grove, where people join in prayer ceremony for the indigenous peoples of The United States of America. More than 200 Native American Nations were honored as each tribal name was announced and blessed by the attendees, praying May Peace Prevail On Earth for the ancestors of USA, followed with prayers for the 50 USA states and its territories.

Prayers for the 50 U.S. States

The Finale, a beautifully orchestrated World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony, in which flag bearers carried a national flag representing the 195 countries of the world, as participants proudly proclaimed May Peace Prevail On Earth for the people and land in each country.

Prayers for the World

This year marks the 13th Annual Peace Pals International Art and Award Ceremony. Names of the winners in each of the 4 categories were announced. All artwork submissions were beautifully displayed on panels for all to enjoy.

To view the winning entries, please visit:

Guest Speakers:

Aziz Royes from Marefat High School, Kabul, Afghanistan

Gloria Waslyn, with her Peace Parrots: Merlin, Baby and Peace-nik

Pushkar Shah from Nepal -Who traveled around the world, then riding a bicycle in 143 countries to spread the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Ananta Risal, Friends of Nepal

The Program was complete with entertainment:

Special songs and peace message from the Chinese-American children

Peace songs and music, provided by Chris Farrell, Aliza Hava, Caitlin Keeler, Cecelia St. King and Nathan Mandracchia

Demonstration of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Peace Pals Presentation from Black Rock School and Longfellow School in Connecticut

Nepalese Drums & Dance, Japanese dance and Hawaiian dance

The activities for Children and Adults, included:
Tea Ceremony
Beading, Piece by Peace, Origami Peace Cranes, Face Painting, Pinwheels for Peace
Display of Onagadori Exotic Chickens from Japan

The grove area was sprinkled with a variety of non-profit organizations and its members who came to share their work and contribution toward Peace and Harmony for All Life on Earth.

The Finale also included the release of the beautiful Monarch Butterflies by Pat du Plessis, from Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm.

It was a very sacred ceremony and symbolic to our existence, enveloping humanity, nature and mother earth in the process of metamorphosis, reminding us that transformation is possible, as is manifesting the Universal Prayer and Message,
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Ann Marie Robustelli
The World Peace Prayer Society, Headquarters
Wassaic, New York-USA

The 65th Anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima was commemorated by The World Peace Prayer Society with UStream Broadcast on the internet: LIVE from Hiroshima, JAPAN

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

August 5th, 2010

A moment of silence was observed throughout Japan, as the Peace Bell rang at precisely 8:15 a.m. This was the time when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima.

The live broadcast also featured the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony presented by WPPS members in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Dedicated members of WPPS have been organizing the World Peace and Flag Ceremony for the past 18 years in front of the Peace Dome, which is the only surviving structure after the bombing.

For the first time in its 65 year history, the United States Embassy representative in Tokyo and United Nations Secretary General attended the memorial service. Also in attendance were Japanese government officials, foreign diplomats and families of the survivors.

It is a historical year for the people of Hiroshima and the world at large.

The BBC online news agency featured photographs from the Hiroshima Day observance and to our great joy we discovered a man wearing a May Peace Prevail On Earth T-Shirt. Seen here in this photograph!

2009 Peace Pals Art Exhibition Tour at Warm Hearts Art Show, Wingdale, NY, USA

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Feb 12th-15th, 2010

Four day local Artist Show opened on Friday evening at the South Dover United Methodist Church in Wingdale, New York.

The show highlighted local artists work, student photography, mixed media, and artisan jewelry. Kids Art Craft Table was available for children under 6.

Ann Marie Williams, of The World Peace Prayer Society, met the artists and listened to their heartwarming stories about how they created their art!

Artists included: Cindy Snow, Adam Riffenburg, Maria Polhemus, and Nan Hasting’s

Sue Hennely, Eileen Gunning, Kathy Sullivan, Joanne Yager (our host)

Submissions from Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.




Deer bring peace and harmony at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY, USA

Monday, February 15th, 2010


The wildlife are blessed and protected at The World Peace Sanctuary. Here is one species that visits daily!  DEER!!  

  Infinite Gratitude to the Animal Kingdom!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!




World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony at Presbyterian Church, Amenia, NY

Monday, February 15th, 2010

February 7th, 2009

A few months later on February 7th, Reverend Epperson invited Fumi to speak at a Sunday Service at the Presbyterian Church in Amenia.  The service started with a Worship Thought quote read by the Reverend:

When we see everyone is a part of us, any criticism we make is self-criticism, we will extend to ourselves an unconditional love that will light the world.” (Harry Palmer)

The quote set the tone for the service which was focused on the theme of PEACE.  

After introductions by Reverend Epperson, Fumi spoke briefly about the history of WPPS and lead everyone in The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony.  Prayers for peace to prevail were sent to each country and region on Earth.  The congregation opened their hearts and focused their prayers with grace and reverence.  

A sense of peace and calm pervaded the hall of worship when the service closed with the song, Let There Be Peace On Earth.







The World Peace Prayer Society Announces its 24 Hour Internet Marathon -Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

December 21, 2009

People from 26 countries participated in The World Peace Prayer Society’s Winter Solstice 24 Hour Internet Marathon.    People from around the world accompanied us in prayer to envelop the Earth with an energy field of Love, Peace and Harmony in the spirit of the Universal Message and Prayer,  May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Prayers were initiated every 30 minutes in a 24 hour marathon around
the world.


Here are just a few of the peace messages sent to us from participants from every continent around the globe!Canada:

Peace Ceremony and participation in the Meditative Vigil in Toronto Canada

“Just a note to let you know that we participated in the meditative vigil and conducted a Peace Ceremony in Toronto Canada at our City Hall from 6:30 pm to 8pm on Dec 21st.  About 30 people gathered at Toronto City Hall for the Peace Ceremony and Celebration.  Patty Hill acted as master of ceremonies and we began with Karthik Raj saying a Sanskrit Peace Prayer or Shloka that set the tone for our event.  Tamara Penn read the universal prayer – The Great Invocation, Lorne Gould read a tribute to long-time organizer Stephen Ginsberg who passed away in September and Lorne Gould and Penny Winestock performed a Peace song.  We then began the Peace Ceremony – we did the inclusive version listing every country and saying May Peace Prevail in ….  read by Barbara Bushe.  Each participant held the land and peoples of the country in their hearts while they held the flag.  Our event concluded with a talk  – Creating a Thought Image of Peace, by Freda Kemp, a song from Paul Chaput – Praying for Peace and a story from Patty Hill.  We would like to thank the World Peace Prayer Society for creating this beautiful event and for hosting the 24 hour Internet Marathon.  Thank-you thank-you!”

May Peace Prevail On Earth! Freda Kemp

La paz, la armonia, el gozo y el amor, reine en todas nuestras relaciones hoy y siempre.


I’m glad to be in meditation with my friends around the world!


We at the MEDITATION Group FOR PEACE AND HARMONY in ISRAEL, are with you as we always are, in the spreading of the MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH message of LIGHT worldwide.


Peace developed, established from within (inner peace) is long lasting.  The Message and Prayer, “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARHT” is a powerful means of establishing inner peace. 

Sri Lanka

We, Peace Stars Organization from SRI LANKA pray for  peace and harmony for   every one living  thing on earth.


May Love open the hardened hearts so compassion for all those who suffer be felt.

We are all one!





Peace Pole and WPFC presented at the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions Symposium-Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

December 3rd to 9th, 2009


A Peace Pole was dedicated at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Tuesday, December 8th, commemorating the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions with a World Peace Prayer Ceremony for “Reconciliation Among Religions and Peace Among Nations.”

Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society with Mr. Lee Harry, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Conference Centre
Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society with Mr. Lee Harry, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Conference Centre


Audrey Kitagawa of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions introduced the United Nations International Year of Reconciliation. Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society and Charles Gibbs, Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative, led the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony together, dedicating the Parliament Peace Pole with representatives of different religions who came from all over the world.
Music was provided by Aliza Hava. Blessings of peace were offered by members of the United Religions Initiative including:
Shakuntala Vaswani, Hindu, Philippines
Jinwol Lee, Buddhist, Korea
Amir Farid Isahak, Muslim, Malaysia
Marcus Braybrooke, Christian, U.K.
Eliyahu McLean, Jewish, Israel
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Sufi, Palestine
Yoland Trevino, Indigenous Mayan, America

Center:  Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS– Right: Jenny Funston, WPPS Peace Representative in Australia


The Mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

To accomplish this, they invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.

The vision of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which:


Religious and spiritual communities live in harmony and contribute to a better world from their riches of wisdom and compassion

Religious and cultural fears and hatreds are replaced with understanding and respect

People everywhere come to know and care for their neighbors

The richness of human and religious diversity is woven into the fabric of communal, civil, societal and global life

The world’s most powerful and influential institutions move beyond narrow self-interest to realize common good

The Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored

All people commit to living out their highest values and aspirations.

May Peace Prevail among Religions!             May Peace Prevail among Nations!

May Peace Prevail among Religions!             May Peace Prevail among Nations!


The World March for Peace-Brooklyn, New York-USA

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

November 30th, 2009

Jim Dugan from The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society joined approximately 1200 people from New York City and around the world for The World March for Peace and Nonviolence,

  The 25 member World March “base team” arrived from Senegal that morning to lead the marchers from Brooklyn Borough Hall, through the wind and rain over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York City Hall for a press conference to start the North American leg of this 90 day, 6 continent journey.

  The basic tenant of the march is the abolition of nuclear weapons; withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories; the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons; the signing of non-aggression treaties among nations and the renunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts.

Pictured L to R:  Kaitlyn Wilkey from Morristown, NJ and Genevieve Murdock from Boston MA. (Genevieve’s uncle happens to be Dennis Redmond, the American Coordinator of the March.)