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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 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.)



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

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

September 19th, 2009


A Call To Peace is an annual gathering held at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society and home of the Peace Pole Project and Peace Pals International.

Each year, for the past 20 years, staff at The World Peace Sanctuary invites the community to gather for A Call To Peace. This year, it was held on Saturday, September 19th in honor of the International Day of Peace.

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

The annual event attracts people from all over the country a well as citizens from other countries to evoke the positive and to focus intentions on the message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The sound of bells (rung by Doug and Martha Martin of the Martin Peace Bell Foundation) echoed throughout the Sacred Grove as people were arriving.

A Call To Peace was held under the canopy of a century-old Walnut Grove, where people joined in ceremonial prayer for peace to prevail 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.

Following, were prayers for the 50 states and territories of The United States of America.

Co-celebrants from the various faith traditions added their prayers for peace.


The Program ended with the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony. Flag bearers carried a national flag representing each of the 195 countries throughout the world as everyone announced the prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth for the people and land in every country to include all the other regions in the WORLD!


The day was filled with an eclectic style of music and performances: the Byakko Choir from Japan, Peace is Possible Chorus from Connecticut, Japanese dancers from NYC, Flute player and Native American and Japanese drumming.


This year marks the 12 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:

The activities for Children and Adults, included:

Japanese Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony, Crafts: Beading, Piece by Peace, Origami Peace Cranes, Chess for Peace, Petty Zoo and a Native American culture area with tee-pee, storytelling and drum ritual.

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 Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY-USA

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

August 13-16th, 2009

Wassaic, New York is the home of The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society.  The founders of the Wassaic Project and the coordinators of The South Amenia Fair, decided to have the two events occurring on the same weekend, highlighting the Hamlet of Wassaic in The New York Times. A Peace Pole, handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary was also featured at the Wassaic Project.

The Wassaic Project’s founders, Eve Biddle, Elan Bogarin and Bowie Zunino, are all 27-year-old artists and friends who were raised in the East Village in New York City. Together, they organized the 4 day event, featuring 75 artists, several film screenings and readings, and 25 bands, including an ‘open-air funk opera.’  The event was held in the newly renovated building, historically recognized as the original Borden Milk Factory.

In the nearby auction ring, where art films are now screened, hand-painted signs still announce the commissions for various livestock (cattle and calves, 5 percent; hogs, goats and sheep, 10 percent).  Nestled in the Harlem Valley, this charming and historical village houses a post office, an old time tavern and general store. The stillness outside is punctuated only by the occasional sound of the Metro North train, which runs every two hours to and from NYC.











250th Anniversary of South Amenia, NY -USA

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

August 14-16th, 2009



The South Amenia Fair is a revival of an event held annually from 1920 to 1942, brought back in honor of the community’s 250th Anniversary.  Amenia is the township of Wassaic, New York, where The World Peace Sanctuary is located.   A Peace Pole, bearing peace messages, May Peace Prevail in the United States and May Peace Prevail On Earth, welcomed guests over the three-day event. The Program was complete with activities and presentations that took place over 80 years ago:  arts and crafts, flower and animal shows, mule and draft-oxen demonstrations and bingo. On Sunday, they held an old-time tent worship service, followed by a chicken barbecue at noon and a dog show.


Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

July 26th, 2009

Every year, the GATHERING OF THE VIBES, held at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut provides a forum for acclaimed musicians and artists to share their crafts.  It brings together the VibeTribe-the exceptional group of individuals whose very essence is defined by their shared sense of community.   Each year, this  four day event begins on Thursday and ends with The World Peace Prayer Society presenting the World Peace Flag Ceremony on Sunday to at least 15,000 people!

This year, Jim Dugan and Ann Marie Williams, presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony on the Main Stage.  Jim and Ann Marie alternated announcing the name of each of the 192 countries in alphabetical order, as the crowd  repeated the country names, while waiving their flags, cheering and reciting May Peace Prevail On Earth throughout the Ceremony!





Bobcat visits The World Peace Sanctuary-November 2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

We could not resist!  We had to share the photograph of this beautiful Bobcat that was taken at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York by Jim Dugan, Sanctuary Manager of The World Peace Prayer Society.


Although the Bobcat is known to dwell in the shadows, this one was captured on camera midmorning crossing the road entering the Sanctuary gate.


Symbolically, the Bobcat indicates a balance between body, mind and spirit. The Bobcat animal totem is about creation, and developing our abilities into a higher level of value.