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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

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

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:
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: www.wppspeacepals.org.

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

February-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!