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

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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: www.wcf-dresden.com 

 

Peace Pole by Energy for Peace Organization-Colombia

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

October-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

 

 

World Peace Prayer Ceremony and Peace Pole in Salzburgh, Germany

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

September 21st, 2009

The World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented at the Salzburgh Waldolf School in Salzburgh Germany.  This year marks the 5th IDP ceremony at the Salzburgh Waldorf School.

 

PEACE POLE IN GENEVA-SWITZERLAND

Monday, September 28th, 2009

September-2009

Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President and Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society presented a Peace Pole to International Labor Office( ILO) in Geneva-Switzerland.

 

 

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.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

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: www.wppspeacepals.org

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.

9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICES—WPPS, Sanctuary News-USA

Friday, September 11th, 2009

SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2009

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11, but it’s also the first National Day of Service and Remembrance, as Americans move to turn the day’s focus from mourning to community service.

Supporters are asking that this day be spent volunteering in a community event to honor those that lost their lives during the attacks on the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and in a field in Pennsylvania.

Local events mark 9/11
Citizens Voice
The Mass will be followed by a prayer service at the Peace Pole in front of Insalaco Hall. Luzerne County Community College’s Security Department in PA.
9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICES
Times Herald-Record
City of Newburgh — Mount Saint Mary College, at the Peace Pole, near the classroom annex of Kaplan Recreation Center, Newburgh, 7:30 pm.