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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.)



WPPS at Neale Donald Walsch Workshop-Austria

Monday, November 23rd, 2009



The Humanity’s Team is a spiritual movement whose purpose is to communicate and implement the belief that we are all one, one with God and one with life, in a shared global state of being, so that the behavior of humanity may shift to reflect this understanding. Dubbed “a civil rights movement for the soul” the movement has over 20,000 adherents from more than 90 countries on six continents.

Center: Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversation with God

Center: Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversation with God


Humanity’s Team was created by the spiritual author Neale Donald Walsch in 2003 in response to the crisis that he saw the human race facing following the events of September 11th, 2001.


Mayor for Peace— Mayor Kevin C. Foy of North Carolina-USA

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Mayor Kevin C. Foy of North Carolina accepts Desktop Peace Pole, as a gift from The World Peace Prayer Society, which bears the message, May Peace Be in our Communities, May Peace Prevail On Earth! Mayor Foy is part of The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors committed to the growth of North Carolina’s cities, deals with national and state issues affecting local governments. Founded in 2001, the coalition promotes the interchange of ideas and experiences among municipal officials for the continued development of urban areas. In addition, the Coalition works with state officials to encourage the expansion of urban areas as livable environmentally sound and economically viable.


WPPS NEWS: 2009 Spirit of the United Nations Award-USA

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

October 26th, 2009

Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society Representative to the United Nations and Monica Willard, The World Peace Prayer Society Peace Representative are joint recipients of the 2009 Spirit of the United Nations award, presented by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (New York).

Deborah Moldow(R), Monica Willard and Mrs. Helen Moldow (Deborah's proud mother!).

Deborah Moldow(R), Monica Willard and Mrs. Helen Moldow (Deborah's proud mother!).

This award has been given in past years to one recipient annually, an ambassador or UN staff member who has helped to bring spirituality and values to the work of the United Nations. This year, the Committee decided to present awards in three categories: Ambassador, UN staff, and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

Deborah and Monica were both nominated because they work so closely together.

The Award Ceremony was held on October 26th at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.






PEACE POLE presented at the 2ND World Culture Forum-Dresden, Germany

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

October 8-10, 2009

Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The World Peace Prayer Society and President of the Goi Peace Foundation was invited to take part in the forum at the World Culture Forum in Dresden, Germany.

Mr. Saionji stressed that this global crisis is not only about the economy but is at its core a crisis in human consciousness, and therefore advocated the creation of a new civilization based on the 4-S Concept – an integrated platform with four foundational pillars: Sustainability, Systems, Science and Spirituality. In order to achieve a worldwide cultural paradigm shift, Mr. Saionji invited the participants to work all together toward the creation of a critical mass made of far-sided pioneers worldwide to lead humanity into a bright and harmonious future. He encouraged the Forum’s audience to join forces in the fundamental transformation of our present materialistic civilization.   

 After having made his keynote presentation, Mr. Saionji offered a Peace Pole with the universal peace message, May Peace Prevail on Earth, in 8 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) to the organizers of the World Culture Forum. Mr. Frey was honored to receive the Peace Pole. The Peace Pole was placed on stage during the entire World Culture Forum and will serve as a world peace monument for the upcoming world culture forum.

Among the founders of the WORLD CULTURE FORUM, it is a foregone conclusion that, in the dynamic and complicated world in which we live today, we can only find temporary solutions to such problems, and that these solutions must be reworked and redefined over time.  For more information: 


Peace Pole by Energy for Peace Organization-Colombia

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


Dear All,

News from my Austrian “Energy for Peace” friends who support WPPS Peace Pole Project and other activities of The World Peace Prayer Society. 

I was asked if WPPS gives the official permission for a project of Colombian artist Danilo Ortiz till October 15th. 

Back in November 2007, I sent you all photos of him when he planted a lovely handmade artistic Peace Pole in his Colombian home town.

Then he planted Peace Pole in 2008 at a University of Narino in San Juan de Pasto, Colombia. The peace pole at the university is part of his project “Wall for Peace” (Murales por Paz).

He lives and works most of the time in Austria, and is a member of “Energy for Peace” there and travels to Colombia this autumn to start his latest

project:  A 16 meter tall Peace Pole, made of melted weapons of former Colombian Guerilla Rebels.


This Peace Pole will be donated to the Governor of the Colombian Province Pasto and will be planted at the border between Colombia and Ecuador. 

The Peace Pole will contain plaques of MPPOE in several languages. These plaques shall also feature the signatures of prominent people, such as:

Nelson Mandela, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bolivian President, Evo Morales, Peace Nobel Winner Rigoberta Menchu, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and others. 

The plaques will be designed and crafted together with Austrian School Children in a Peace Workshop.

May Peace Prevail in Colombia!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS

Munich, Germany office




Peace Pole planted on the International Day of Peace in Belgium

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

September 21st, 2009

To celebrate the International Day of Peace, the Quaker Council for European Affairs planted a Peace Pole on September 21st, 2009 outside their office in the Quaker House Brussels.


Peace Pole unites Switzerland, Germany and Austria

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

October 3rd, 2009

On October 3rd, 2009, another Peace Pole was planted within the circle of my “Energy for Peace” friends in Austria.

The Peace Pole was planted in a little town named Wolfurt in the vicinity of Lake Bodensee which is an area that unites Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The Peace Pole was crafted by a local Austrian artist.  To honor the diversity within our world, the Peace Pole was crafted by using 4 different types of wood, which is clearly visible when one views each of the four sides.

The Peace Pole was dedicated to Soma from Sierra Leone, who was working in Wolfurt for over 3 months in the local “One World Shop” (on the occasion of a “North-South-Study-Partnership Programme). 



The languages placed on the Peace Pole include:  English for the Soma people and Turkish and Serbo-Croatian, where many of the Immigrants in Germany and Austria come from.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Dagmar Berkenberg,

The World Peace Prayer Society

office in Munich, Germany



2008 Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition 2nd & 3rd Prize Winners-Manila, Philippines

Thursday, October 1st, 2009


Jeremy Ace Feliciano Ng won 2nd Place and Patricia Ann Feliciano Ng won 3rd Place in the 11th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition (Ages 5-8 category). Attached is a photograph of the winners with thier drawings, certificates and the pencil sets.
Sponsors for Peace Pals™ International Art Exhibition:

Rotary District 7210 – Region 2 – New York USA.:
Catskill Art Supply –
United Nations Cyberschoolbus – The United Nations Global Teaching &
Learning Project –
To learn more about Peace Pals™ please visit: