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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 www.bahai.org

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 DobieThe 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

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Dugan, of WPPS, gives speech to Connecticut Valley Hospital on The International Day of Peace. Middletown, CT

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Jim Dugan of WPPS, Photo Credit to Jackie Eaton

On September 19th, 2018 Jim Dugan from The World Peace Sanctuary in New York was again the Keynote Speaker during the International Day of Peace (IDP) events at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). CVH opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. For the past eight years the Hospital puts on two events to celebrate the International Day of Peace, one in their beautiful multi-religious Chapel and one in the Whiting Forensic Hospital for individuals with mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. Mr. Dugan’s twenty-minute Keynote Address was focused on this year’s IDP theme chosen by the United Nations – “The Right to Peace, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Mr. Dugan was joined at the podiums by prominent religious leaders from around the State of Connecticut, staff from the Hospital’s Multi-Cultural Department and the Hospitals CEO Helene Vartelas. Mr. Dugan was very warmly received by patients and Hospital staff alike. The World Peace Prayer Society deeply thanks CVH for its Mission: “To promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment.” May Peace Prevail on Earth, May Peace Prevail at Connecticut Valley Hospital

San Jose City College’s annual Peace Pole Planting for International Day of Peace, San Jose, CA, USA

Friday, September 21st, 2018

San Jose City College has an annual fall semester tradition of Celebrating the International Day of Peace. They do so by planting a Peace Pole coupled with an exuberant celebration filled with dancing and singing in honor of the Day. This Year will mark the 7th Peace Pole planted along the Arch Walk on campus.

Through San Jose City College a Path of Peace Poles lines the “Arch Walk”.

 

Behind this wonderful tradition of kindness and acceptance is Jason Adkins. He has been organizing this event for the College and shows his commitment to equality and Peace through his enthusiasm and dedication for the cause. This year with all that occurred with immigrant refugee families, met by laws that separated and left many without the hope of a new life they were desperately seeking. Jason decided he would dedicate this year’s Peace Pole to these Families. An extremely significant gesture in a time when tolerance and acceptance is more important than ever.

Though teaching tolerance and equality has been a long standing tradition on San Jose’s City Campus, this article from February 2017.

“New Data Shows the Positive Economic Impact of Immigrant Population in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, CA — New research on the contributions of immigrants in Silicon Valley highlights both their importance to local economies and the critical need for effective immigration reform.

Spearheaded by New American Economy (NAE) and City of San José, Map the Impact is a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country.  With 51 events in 37 states, this effort arms business, civic, and cultural leaders with new data on immigrant populations in all 435 congressional districts and 50 metro areas.”- www.sjcc.edu

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Check out this year’s International Day of Peace Celebration from San Jose’s City College Campus. https://www.facebook.com/SJCityCollege/videos/502062680257345/?t=0

 

 

The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated their 17th anniversary, at Central Park NYC

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

THE VIGIL for PEACE & ECOLOGY

Sunday, 16th of September 2018

NYC Central Park, Bandshell

On the 16th. of September 2018, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm,The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated the 17th annual anniversary since its inception at the 9/11 site in 2001.

 

We wish to thank everybody from the fullness of our hearts to all our friends and colleagues, and all those who are committed to World Peace.

 

We were so proud to display and wave once again the wonderful International Flags from the World Peace Prayer Society which hold a special meaning to me, since we celebrated the first time together in 1996 at the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

 

Rev. Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard were the first ones to join me and our friends with James Cannings in Central Park on the day of our initial launch on the 21stof September 2002.

 

MISSION: The Vigil for International Peace is a transformational, grassroots effort dedicated to promulgate peace through participation in art, song, dance, music, prayer and ceremony. The purpose of this Vigil is to awaken humanity to harmony and peace through the power of intent and celebration. Our vision is to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve divinity alignment and recognize the oneness in all

 

UN Resolution 55/282: “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. This Resolution was based on Res.36/67 of 1981

 

Once again we all wish to thank our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

In this period of global uncertainty, we thank you for participating in this vision to bring lasting peace to all the peoples of the world.

 

Greetings and Blessings

Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Founder/ Coordinator

At Presbyterian Church of the Master, Owner and Pastor Robert Keefer teaches the value of Patience as well the Message of Peace. Omaha, NE, USA

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

The Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha, Nebraska has been helping to spread the message of Peace for over 20 years. With their first Peace Pole Planting on October 5, 1997, World Communion Sunday. The congregation celebrated by burying a time capsule and singing “Let there be Peace on Earth”.

Groundbreaking on new renovations. From L to R: Pastor Robert Keefer, Architect, Construction Manager, Youth from Congregation of Church of the Master, Omaha, NE

When it came time to renew their Symbol of Peace, The original Peace Pole needed to be removed during the ground breaking of renovations. This planned perfectly to be again on World Peace Sunday, October 2,2016.  In the Presbyterian Church, per www.presbyterianmission.org,”The first Sunday of October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ and all our Brothers and Sisters around the World”. A very powerful message to portray as they design and prepare their new Peace Pole for planting. This would be two years until they were ready to place.  Waiting on a significant day and for the Church renovations to be nearly complete,  the perfect spot on their new patio was chosen, “so all languages are visible”, Per Robert Keefer. A lesson in patience as well as Peace portrayed through his meticulous planning.

Newly Place Peace Pole on Patio for all to see languages of English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic.

Though this time the Planting was part of their “Back to Church Sunday” the message was the same and parishioners celebrated just as they had 21 years prior, with a chorus of “Let their be Peace on Earth”.

Beautiful grounds of Presbyterian Church of the Master.

The message that we are one is extremely valuable not only when we celebrate special occasions, such as this, but in our every day lives. The Presbyterian Church of the Master is extremely fortunate to have Pastor Bob and his teachings of Love and Acceptance.

Powerful message in planting of Peace Pole on Kinmen Island, ROC

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

There is a new addition to the Island of Kinmen, a small island off the coast of Taiwan. It is a Peace Pole which can be seen by the Island of Xiamen, PRC. A Peace Pole is symbolic in any geographical location, but has significant meaning amongst these post civil war torn Islands.

 

Kuniko, the planter of Peace Pole, and friends with Peace Pole on Kinmen Island

 

The Islands of Kinmen and Xiamen are making strides to come together to live harmoniously in Peace with one another.

On the Island of Kinmen which was heavily barricaded in 1949 against the incoming invasions.” There was a fierce battle caused by the gunfire of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China to Kimmonjim to invade the island” per Kuniko the planter of the Peace Pole.

Remnants of that battle can still be seen on Kinmen. Barricaded beaches and ports as well as structures strong enough to withstand the battle that lay ahead for those on the Island. Kuniko discusses “The building of that era which still remains now, after 50,000 shots a day, the shell is still alive.”

The significance is great and the message extremely powerful. May Peace Prevail between these Isles,  may both countries harmonize with each other.

Thank you to Kuniko for sharing this event and helping to spread the message of Peace.

Dalai Lama 83rd Birthday Birthday Celebration – NYC – USA

Friday, July 6th, 2018

6 July 2018

Celebration of the 83rd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama For World Peace Through Compassion
Gaia Holistic Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide, The Tibet Fund

Another celebration of H.H. The Dalai Lama at the Marriott Essex House of New York City brought together spiritual leaders and students of philosophy, familiar colleagues and new friends, representatives of peace organizations, and students and civil society for a night of prayer, music and dance, and food. Six religions were represented – First Nations by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Buddhist by Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki, Christian by Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Jewish by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Islam by Sahar Alsahlani, and Hindu by Ravi Vaidyanaat Šicachaãriar.

Awards were granted within the theme of “World Peace Through Compassion” to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, and the Humanitarian Award to Rita Cosby. Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society, who led the annual Flag Ceremony for World Peace, concluded the event with prayers to every nation of the planet and their peoples.

 

 

 

World Peace and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival 2018

Sunday, June 17th, 2018
The Clearwater Festival is a music and environmental festival that is America’s oldest and largest festival of its kind. It is held annually at Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson River. The Festival features music and storytelling all run on seven sustainable bio-diesel powered stages for the 15,000 attendees. The Festival was founded in 1966 by American Peace Activist, singer songwriter and musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi who was a film maker and environmental activist. Pete, who passed away in 2014, was a dear friend of May Peace Prevail on Earth and was often seen with a Peace Pole while educating people on the costs of war.

Jim Dugan with American Sign Language Interpreter explaining the World Peace Flag Ceremony to the gathering crowd.

Jim Dugan, from the New York World Peace Sanctuary, has gone to the Festival for many years setting up a booth in the “Activist Area” to share our work and has been leading a World Peace Flag Ceremony each day of the Festival. This year we were thankful for the help of World Peace volunteers Carol Winters, Jackie Eaton, Sally and Andrew Damon, Haley Woodard, David Brann and Cynthia Sibusisiwe Shumba UN staff member from Zimbabwe, along with Festival provided American Sign Language Interpreters who completely signed each of the Flag Ceremonies.

Festival attendees picking out the flag they want to carry during the Ceremony.

The World Peace Prayer Society is proud to have been a part of this amazing festival for many years now and we look forward to many more years of involvement. Please look online for more information about the Clearwater Festival or on Pete and Toshi Seeger.

— Photo Credits: Haley Woodard and Andrew Damon

Fargo Forest Garden Peace Pole, Oregon, USA

Friday, May 11th, 2018

A Peace Pole dedication ceremony took place on May 11, 2018.

On the 10th anniversary of Fargo Forest Garden’s depaving from a parking lot to an urban food forest.

The location is 3122 N Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Portland City’s Bureau of Environmental Sustainability sponsored the work party and celebration. It was attended by Depave.org dignitaries past and present, Urban Farm Collective et al.

Submitted by: Angela Goldsmith

Here is a link to Depave’s first public depaving of Fargo Forest Garden:

Streetfilms | Depaving Day!

 

Amy Poehler along with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation-NYC-USA

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Amy Poehler wasn’t the only one in attendance at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. The World Peace Prayer Society, WPPS, was represented as well.

 

L to R: Phoebe Blue-NYC Musician, Amy Poehler-Actress & Comedian and Brandon Perdomo-WPPS Rep. at U.N.

Brandon Perdomo, WPPS Representative at the United Nations presented a Peace Pole to Actress/ Comedian, Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is a passionate advocate in the powerful  #metoo movement, she is also spending her time advocating fair wages for restaurant employees across the Country, through “Not on the Menu”.

To have her help in spreading the message of Peace, with her newly gifted custom May Peace Prevail on Earth Pole, is an honor to our organization.