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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.”

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.




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.)



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.