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Together for Peace: International Day of Peace Program at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations – USA

Friday, September 15th, 2017

 

Friday, September 15, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, under the loving stewardship of Rev. Dionne Boissiere for the United Methodist Women, once again hosted a day honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace. Multiple events with a sacred slant took place on Friday, September 15th, beginning with the U.N. webcast of the Secretary-General ringing the Peace Bell at 9:30 a.m.

The World Peace Prayer Society partnered this year with Children of the Earth, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and UNITE, organizations that arranged for a busload of 48 refugee students to attend the United Nations International Day of Peace student observance. Many of these young people from various countries were working for peace in different ways, so we offered to create a program together that would showcase the youth projects and then let the youth lead a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

The program, called “Together for Peace,” was directed by Heidi Tappan. It began with a warm greeting from Rev. Dionne, acknowledging all the programs that day celebrating the International Day of Peace at Tillman Chapel. Diverse students from the UNITE program introduced their impressive projects for human rights, environmental sustainability, youth art, and combatting discrimination, all illustrated by PowerPoint slides.  The student presentations were as follows:

  • Pabitra Bhattarai with her experience with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program as a refugee;
  • Aden Haji with his program Building Blocks to Success at the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington.
  • Sam Cowles with his version of the Climate Reality’s 100% committed campaign and I AM PRO SNOW to combat climate change in the ski communities of Vermont;
  • Olivia LaPierre and her role as an ambassador for Be Zero, a zero-waste organization and role as the chair of the Hartford Committee on Racial Inequity to address racism in environmental activism;
  • Victoria Los talking about their group, UNITE;
  • Audrey Grant and Zymora Davinchi with their photography project, POC: Power of Color, where they share the stories and beauty of people of color in Vermont.

Those in the audience asked questions and expressed their admiration and encouragement.

 

The refugee group then presented a dynamic video called “The Change,” made by students, that invited us all to share in Peace, Connection, and Love.

Refugee students from different countries rose to say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in their native languages.

It was then time for the World Peace Flag Ceremony, which the young people introduced and implemented. Brandon Perdomo, WPPS UN Youth Representative, provided flute accompaniment, while UN Rep Deborah Moldow helped with the country names. The flags were handed to the students with care by Akiko Imaizumi and Reiko Kamozawa. Everyone present prayed for every country in the United Nations, and Deborah was introduced thank everyone and to close the ceremony by presenting the flag of the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group organizer, Laurie Stavrand of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, said, “Thank you so much for all of your help in putting together this event and for all of the work you have done. Our students had a wonderful time and we look forward to working with you again.” Next year, we hope to put this group together with another student group for a lively exchange of peace projects and another beautiful World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Student Observance of the International Day of Peace – United Nations – New York – USA

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The United Nations hosted its annual Student Observance of the International Day of Peace honoring the message of the TOGETHER campaign – safety and dignity for all. The event began with an outdoor moment of silence with a ceremonial ringing of the garden’s bell by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which was complimented by a display of nations flags, compliments of the World Peace Prayer Society, held with pride by an international array of students. Honorable guests including S.G. Guterres and Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake then filed into Conference Room 4, welcoming valuable discussions of the Sustainable Development Goals, and hope for a diplomatic future amongst nations, including their leaders and their people. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall offered a stunning testimony to the power of small grassroots efforts in addressing political voices including the pressing issue of our disruption of natural life and the impacts of our collective actions on the climate.

Students presented their own projects to address global issues. From Mater Day (New Jersey) school’s online tool kit to pursue peace in education, to Roots and Shoots, to the international Peace Crane Project, the passionate testimonies of the youth flooded the room with hope and a sense of forward-­‐motion toward a progressive global community. Musical guests (Omnia and Leila) Hegazy gifted attendees with stunning harmonies to original songs of belonging, home, and strength rooted in shared humanity.

We were joined via camera with the United Nations HQ in Bogota, Colombia, who offered stories of peace efforts within the country in the aftermath of a generation-­‐long civil war. Refugee students Saja Almogalli and Wendo Mbilizi presented personal stories of perseverance through struggle, change, and cultural boundaries. They then presented the peace bell, created from melted weapons of war, courtesy of the World Peace Prayer Society, which was rung, followed by a moment of silence, during which time the message “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” was present on the screens visible to the world.

Following this conference, members of the World Peace Prayer Society, Civil Society, and students filled the United Nations Church Center for even more presentations by youth of Vermont, who gathered under an image with the message “Vermont Youth UNITE Together For Peace.” Presentations centered on racial violence and prejudice visible and invisible in our modern world. The youth then facilitated a World Peace Flag Ceremony alongside Rev. Deborah Moldow with use of the flags provided by the World Peace Prayer Society. Youth Representative to the United Nations Brandon Perdomo played variations of the uplifting theme of “Chariots of Fire,” as attendees including members of the NGO community raised their flags in unity for wishes of global peace and harmony.

Acts of Service-Peace Pole-Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

As of May 31st, 2016, a new Peace Pole stands as a monument to peace in the Thurston Memorial Chapel Courtyard. The 6-foot tall Peace Pole, made from ʻōhiʻa wood, bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

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Acts of service by alumni, students and faculty serving their communities take place every day, all around the world. Stories were contributed to the collection of 175 acts of service and a Peace Pole planted in honor of the School’s 175th anniversary.

Fifth-grade students in Angie Church’s class plant a tree in honor of the U.N. International Day of Peace each year. Inspired by the activity, Katie Weldon, whose daughter is in fifth grade, coordinated the creation of two Peace Poles. Plans for installation of the second Peace Pole on Rocky Hill are scheduled for September, in time for International Peace Day.

Church’s students chose 10 languages to be represented on the poles: English, Hawaiian, Finnish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Latin, Filipino (Ilocano), Spanish and Italian. Parents and faculty, both on campus and across the world, helped translate “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Students created templates of the lettering, and Weldon’s husband, Dr. Ed Weldon ’85, who does woodworking as a hobby, carved the messages into the wood. Students painted the lettering with black paint before Ed finished the pole and Physical Plant staff installed it.

“The Peace Pole is a beautiful reminder for us to strive for peace within ourselves and in our world,” said Church.

International Vigil for Peace & Ecology-Central Park Band Shell, NYC-USA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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The annual Vigil for Peace & Ecology, organized by retired U.N. staff member Rev. Susana Bastarrica, was held in Central Park on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and, as always, featured the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various ways. The WPPS flags were present, along with a prominent banner across the front of the stage.

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At 12 noon, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, directed participants to form a peace sign holding a selection of smaller flags and taking a Minute of Silence, followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

The lively day-long event included choirs, traditional Chinese, Mexican, and Korean dances, and a Japanese Butoh performance by WPPS Youth Representative to the United Nations, Brandon Perdomo.  Brandon and fellow dancer Allysa Oliver were in front of the stage, moving and dancing with 50lbs of sacks of rice each, accompanied by a live cellist and percussionist on stage.

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Toward the close of the day, the park guards asked the event to close down early, just as a Beatles tribute band was setting up. Miraculously, Rev. Deborah Moldow managed to secure one of the band’s microphones and have the large flags distributed among the crowd just in time to conduct a brief but heartfelt World Peace Prayer Ceremony! (Unfortunately, the band did not get to play.)

12 Noon Photo by Michele Risa

Central Park readied New York City for the International Day of Peace three days later by echoing the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

IDP Celebration at St Paul College of  Pasig City,  Metro Manila – PHILIPPINES

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The St. Paul College of Pasig City, celebrated IDP this year, spearheaded by the coalition of groups supporting works of UN. The UNIHARMONY sponsored this year’s celebration at the college to educate the youth on their role in the implementation of the Building Blocks for Peace- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted one year ago by the 193 UN member state nations.

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One of the groups in the Uniharmony is the Peacemakers Circle Foundation- where I served on the board,and where the BSK- Mandala holds office.

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St. Paul is in Metro Manila, a commercial center in the metropolis.   Dr. Genevieve B. Kupang of  St. Paul College Research Dept., and member of Peacemakers, coordinated all the preparations with our help.

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Mario “Toots” Fungo
WPPS Peace Representative in the Philippines

The National Kidney and transplant Institute-NKTI celebrates Peace Day, Quezon City-PHILIPPINES

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

 

NKTI celebrates Peace Day during IDP week,at the Peace Pole planted in 2015.

The peace day is the hospital’s way of joining UN/IDP OBSERVANCE every year.  The NKTI is a government hospital situated in the heart of Quezon City, the political capital of the country.  Department heads of the hospital also attend the celebration.

Marion “Toots” Fungo
WPPS Peace Representative in the Philippines

 

Sherwood Library’s Rotary “Peace” Language Plates for the International Day of Peace, Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Hello,

I wanted to share a picture of the Rotary “Peace” Language  Plates installed at the Sherwood Library in Sherwood, Oregon.

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I wanted to also include pictures of the Peace Flags decorated and displayed during September at the Library.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair
Peace Committee Member

2016 United Nations International Day of Peace, NIGERIA-AFRICA

Friday, December 30th, 2016

It was a great day in Uyo, Nigeria as guest from all walks of life meet together during our peace convocation on the International Day of Peace,  September 21. Thank you for your prayers.

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Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Mojima Etokudo
Nigeria Representative
WPPS

International Day of Peace celebration in Zachelmie- POLAND

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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On  the 24th of September we had a Peace Pole dedication in Zachelmie; it is near Hotel Chojnik where the regular meetings of Angloville are held (English school with international staff).

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Jacek Kozlovski, WPPS Representative in Poland

The City of Greater Sudbury plants Peace Pole on the International Day of Peace, Sudbury-CANADA

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

MAY PEACE Prevail in Canada!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

The City of Greater Sudbury invited Sudburians, including school students and community groups, to participate in the International Day of Peace by planting a Peace Pole in Memorial Park on September 21, 2016.

Mayor Bigger & Councillor McIntosh

Mayor Bigger & Councillor McIntosh

Morning sunshine greeted the many peace doves which had been suspended from trees and fluttered in the gentle breeze. The doves, some white, others brightly coloured, and bearing wishes for peace, were created in advance by community members and local school children. What an idyllic setting for the dedication of Greater Sudbury’s Peace Pole at the apex of a triangular floral garden.

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Anne Gervais, Recreation Coordinator of Leisure Services for the City of Greater Sudbury, and Lori Adams, WPPS Representative in Canada, were pleased to emcee this very special Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony.

To acknowledge the people on whose traditional territories we gathered, the Ceremony recognized the Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae Anishnawbek First Nations for their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

A number of introductory comments, given in both English and French, framed our intentions for peace.

Trinity Thibeault

Trinity Thibeault

Everyone then joined in the singing of “O’Canada” led by Trinity Thibeault.

Following the anthem, Cindy Dent, Manager of Recreation at the City of Greater Sudbury, shared a Prayer for Peace, after which Chief Ted Roque offered greetings from Wahnapitae First Nation, and Mayor Brian Bigger addressed the gathering.

The highlight was the dedication and unveiling of the Peace Pole. An explanation of the Peace Pole Project included the following details:

Ø    The Peace Pole Project, an initiative of the World Peace Prayer Society, was started in 1976 as a way to spread the message May Peace Prevail on Earth. Over 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth, and are recognized as some of the most prominent international symbols and monuments to peace.

Ø    Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of the World Peace Prayer Society and the Goi Peace Foundation, inspires us with these words … “No matter where we live on this planet, we share the individual and collective responsibilities to promote and foster world peace.”

Ø    The Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in five different languages – English, French, Ojibway, Braille and Sign – and links us with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace.

Mayor Bigger and Councillor McIntosh proudly unveiled our City of Greater Sudbury’s Peace Pole.

The Starr Fire Choir from Sudbury Secondary School sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth” reminding us all that Peace Begins with ME.

Star Fire Choir

Star Fire Choir

In the closing remarks, participants were invited to tour the park, enjoy the exhibit and take part in a community art project by making a collage of thumbprints on a large paper dove to further demonstrate their commitment to peace.

All were thanked for joining this circle, affirming that we are ONE, ONE committed to fostering a peaceful community, nation, and world.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Respectfully Submitted by:
Anne Gervais, Recreation Coordinator, Leisure Services, City of Greater Sudbury
Lori Adams, WPPS Peace Representative in Canada