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ARC/Wine and Chocolate Festival with WPPS

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

November 18th& 19th, 2018

The Peace Pole Project at Wine and Chocolate Festival-Arc of Putnam County, NY

Since 1974, The Arc of Putnam County has provided advocacy, individually tailored living environments, meaningful day activities, work training and employment services to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and enrich our community.

The Wine and Cheese Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Putnam County Arc Programs.

More than 2,500 people attended over span of the 2-day event


News and Photographs Courtesy of Annmarie Robustelli

World Peace Prayer Society

The DMZ October 27th, 2018 at the border of North and South Korea – Live Event

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In celebration of the
live broadcast from the DMZ
October 27th, 2018
Imjingak Peace Nuri Park
at the border of North and South Korea

On October 27th, 2018 an historic live broadcast – ONE KOREA ONE WORLD – took place at the Imjingak Peace Nuri Park, located at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divides North and South Korea. The DMZ separating the Korean Peninsula runs 160 miles long and is approximately 2.5 miles wide. Though the zone is demilitarized, it is one of the most heavily militarized and dangerous borders in the world.

On a crips and clear October day, our call for peace to prevail in the Korean Peninsula and for the world rang out from the border of North and South Korea. The live broadcast of ONE KOREA ONE WORLD harnessed thousands of peace builders the world over to join us in a global synchronized meditation to anchor intentions, affirmations and prayers for a one unified Korea.

James Twyman and WPPS executive director, Fumi Johns Stewart, prepare for the global synchronized meditation for ONE KOREA

Singer-songwriter and peace activist James Twyman, who accompanied WPPS staff and friends from U.S., Scotland and Japan helped us lead the synchronized global meditation for ONE KOREA. The World Peace Flag Ceremony followed featuring students from the local Musan Sueok High School who volunteered to carrying the flags of the world.

The program was filled with focused intentions and deep prayers as the spirit of oneness and goodwill could be felt flowing and merging in, through and around the boundaries between North and South Korea and in our hearts.

It was a truly moving moment to see and feel the enormous compassion and love of the students who carried the spirit of the world in their hands as they called out for peace to prevail in every country on earth and our global family.

At the end of the program, we all gathered together to celebrate our epic event as our hearts were full and our souls fulfilled to know, each and everyone of us made a difference bringing us a step closer to the realization of one peaceful Korea and the vision of one humanity.

A Peace Pole was presented to Musan Sueok High School after the program. High School teacher (right) who runs the Peace Program accompanied the students to the event. Here he is with Mr. Ryu, (left) Secretary General of our local Korean partner, the Korean Organization for the United Nations International Day of Peace standing proudly next to the Peace Pole.

We thank our local South Korean partner the Korean Organization for the United Nations International Day of Peace (KOCUN) and our U.S partners, Humanity’s Team and Unify for their support. We are also grateful to our supporting organizations URI, Won Buddhism UN & Interfaith, Goi Peace Foundation, Pathways to Peace, Gaiafield Project, The Peace School and the Border Peace School.

Watch a short 6 minute version of ONE KOREA  ONE WORLD with footage of preparations leading up to the event created by James Twyman.

Watch the full version of the live broadcast of ONE KOREA  ONE WORLD



International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

Friday, September 28th, 2018

29 September 2018
International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

This International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations celebrated 70 years of the International Declaration of Human Rights. In celebration, a day of programs headed by Civil Society, NGOs, community religious and cultural leaders, and international students celebrated the intercultural world they share. A student delegation from China presented art, music, and elements of Earth as calls for peace and sustainability, as relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Presentation included an ode to the memory of Zhou Enlai as his relatives presented calligraphy to Reverend Dionne Boissiere. The event concluded with a World Peace Flag Ceremony as offered by Brandon Perdomo of the World Peace Prayer Society, with Brittany Anjou providing live piano accompaniment.




Peace Pole Planted in Warwick’s Peace Garden – Queensland, Australia

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

On Saturday morning 22 September 2018 people gathered at the Peace Garden in Warwick Queensland, Australia to celebrate the dedication of a Peace Pole

The Baha’i Community of the Southern Downs Region wanted to leave a lasting memento to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Peace Pole was chosen through The World Peace Prayer Society. “When we started looking in to the Peace Pole Project we found the principles of the Project resonated with the Baha’i teachings of world peace and that the earth has one humanity, one human family.”

The Baha’i Community worked with Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden and the local Southern Downs Regional Council to help see their vision come to light. 

F Lenore Neville, Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden, James Lister MP, Mayor Tracy Dobie, Graeme Eldridge, Baha’i community.


“Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.” per

The day also celebrated the UN International Day of Peace which was on the 21stSeptember.

Local dignitaries Mr James Lister MP, Member for Southern Downs attended and spoke about peace being more than an end to conflict and the Mayor of Southern Downs Region, Tracy Dobie also spoke, dedicated and unveiled the Peace Pole.

Graeme Eldridge on behalf of the Baha’i community dedicated the Peace Pole with the words of Baha’u’llah inscribed on the pole “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”.

Friends at the Peace Pole dedication, including James Lister MP and Mayor Tracy Dobie. The feature of the dedication was the saying of the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” by people in eight different languages, – English, Hindi, Spanish, Dutch, Pidgin English (PNG), German, Tagalog (Filipino) and Farsi, highlighting the bringing together of people from different countries.

Afterwards all enjoyed refreshments, and people lingered, discussing the Peace Pole and ongoing plans for the Peace Garden.

News and Photographs credited to Graeme Eldridge

Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Southern Downs Region






Peace Day Party – Times Square, NYC

Friday, September 21st, 2018

21 September 2018
Peace Day Party – Times Square

Paul Sladkus brought to Times Square the annual Peace Day Party, once again honoring the Peace Pole and flags used in the World Peace Flag Ceremony as anchors for calls to peace. Community leaders, dancers, and artists gathered as well as passersby of hundreds of New Yorkers and visitors in the morning of the International Day of Peace.