Archive for the ‘Peace Pals’ Category

Chappaqua Girl Scout Troop 2352 dedicate Peace Pole-Chappaqua, NY-USA

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

image1I wanted to follow up about our community’s experience of planting and dedicating the Peace Pole in our town of Chappaqua.  The event happened on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 12 noon.  Chappaqua Girl Scout Troop 2352 dedicated the Peace Pole with a few speeches, quotes, the poem, “Listen to the Musn’ts” by Shel Silverstein and the song, “Lean on Me.”

Our community, especially the local bookstore ‘Scattered Books’ and its owner, Laura Scott Schaefer and manager, Kimberly Goebel, have been incredibly supportive.

Our troop hopes to continue to bring the message of peace to life.  The planting of the Peace Pole initiated the girls’ bronze award project, a project that must be meaningful and sustainable, so we will be in the throes of planning ongoing activities and events which bring home the message of peace, tolerance and empathy.  We are so excited to begin this work and thankful for all of your support.

Thanks again for all of your help,
Tara Ramirez

Peace Pals 2016 Winner donates Peace Pole Prize to School – USA

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Avelyn Jing, 5 of the USA, won First Place in her age group in the 2016 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. Avelyn portrayed the theme of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and “Oneness with Diversity” by drawing children from various nationalities dancing together under a rainbow and peace dove, surrounding by flags in hearts.

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Avelyn, who has a passion for art, was inspired by the fun she has dancing and singing with her friends, many of whom hail from diverse backgrounds.

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As part of her prize, Avelyn was awarded a 6-foot Peace Pole which she and her family donated to her school Palo Verde Elementary. Avelyn’s award was announced on February 24th at the school morning assembly and the Peace Pole was recognized as decorated monument for reminding and visualizing peace.

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Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in Funabashi, Chiba-JAPAN

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

In 2016, we held our 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in the Citizen’s Gallery of Funabashi City in Chiba, Japan.  It was held from August 10th to August 14th.

The Peace Pals International Art Exhibition was part of our peace exhibition, entitled,  “Vibration of Love and Peace” which also included paintings, calligraphy, photographs, origami art and hand crafts.

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The visitors were  impressed by the vibrant colors in each piece of artwork and the artistic ability of each child to express their “pure intention for peace.”

The visitors happily helped themselves to the Peace Pals postcards and Origami bookmarks as their souvenirs.

It was very pleasing for us to see some visitors return again along with their friends  for the 2nd annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.

Respectfully submitted by: Yoko Okita

2016 Peace Pals International artwork displayed at FABI-Celle, GERMANY

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Artwork from 2016 Peace Pals International Art Competition  were displayed at the “Family Education Center” (also known as the “FABI Center”)  in the town of Celle, Germany.

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Celle is located one hour south of Hamburg.

In the Family Education Center, parents and children can subscribe to a variety of courses, such as:  studying foreign languages, computer classes, arts, culture, and more.  FABI Center is open to the public seven-days a week.

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Mrs. Kristina Bork,  an Art Instructor  at the FABI Center, introduced the 2016 Peace Pals International theme  “Unity in diversity” to the Management.

It was agreed that 50 pieces of artwork will be exhibited from November 2016 to January 2017.

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The local newspaper of Celle reported on the inauguration of the exhibition. At one stage,  a few Syrian refugee women studying German at the FABI Center looked at the painting trying hard to understand what the exhibition is all about.They were so pleased to find the peace message,  “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” written in the Arabic language on one of the paintings submitted by a child from the United Arab Emirates.

https://www.fabi-celle.de/

 

Peace Pals Art Exhibition – UN Headquarters New York

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

A Peace Pals Art Exhibition was hosted in the lobby of the United Nations Headquarters in New York between October 17th thought the 29th. The exhibition was made possible through the kind sponsorship of the Japan Mission highlighting the theme, Love to Hiroshima   Love to Nagasaki.  The Exhibition auspiciously coincided with the meetings of the first committee on disarmament held at the UN and the 2016 Week of Spirituality.

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World Peace Forum ~ Florianopólis, Brazil ~ September 22nd through 25th 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

September 22nd – 25th 2016
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Jules Lamore staff of The World Peace Prayer Society had the privilege of participating in the 10th World Peace Forum which was being held this year in Florianopólis, Brazil.

The event hosted close to 2000 peacemakers who participated in numerous events and workshops.  The World Peace Prayer society brought three of their projects to The World Peace Forum; The Peace Pole Project, Peace Pals International and World Peace Youth.

On Thursday, September 22nd the streets of Florianopólis were filled with the March of The Babies which included a beautiful flag ceremony which took us all the offices of the Mayor of Florianopólis.Flag March
When we arrived to the Mayors office a beautiful Peace Pole was presented to Mayor César Souza, Junior on behalf of the city of Florianopólis.  A beautiful ceremony took place in the city offices where a hundred people joined in to celebrate and welcome the Peace Pole to the city.  The room was filled with young people holding the flags from every nation.  At the end of the ceremony everyone joined in by saying “Que a paz prevaleça no mundo” – “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in Portuguese.

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The Peace Pole which has 8 languages (English, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Arabic, German, Italian and Spanish) will find a permanent home in the Old House and Jail which was built between 1771 and 1780. The plans are to turn the old jail into a museum of Peace.

World Peace Youth
Friday morning World Peace Youth held its 3rd live webinar from the World Peace Forum and invited youth from around the world to take part.  The moderators (as seen in the photo) interviewed speakers on various topics.

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The live webinar was broadcast live in an auditorium where youth in Brazil could also participate.  Please click here to watch the live webinar on YouTube.

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On Sunday during the closing ceremonies, Peace Pals International announced the winners of the The Peace Pals International Arts Exhibition and Awards during a live broadcast.  The stage was filled with 12 young people dressed in their native costumes who were there to announce each of the 12 winners.  We thanked the 12 young people by presenting them each with a mini peace pole.  You can watch the live event on YouTube and visit Peace Pals International to see the winners and finalists.  At the end of the awards presentation you could hear the voices of a thousand saying three times  “Que a paz prevaleça no mundo” – “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in Portuguese.

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There were so many wonderful organizations and projects participating at The World Peace Forum in Brazil this year. Elephants for PeaceThe elephant was chosen as a symbol because it marries power with peace. Here people were invited to paint their vision of the Elephant.  The finished artwork was spectacular.

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We had the joy of being able to listen to the orchestra of Roney Marczak.  Roney is an incredible musician who educates marginalized youth in Brazil through music.  Learn more about Roney Marczak and his music.

We wish we could share all of the spectacular people and their projects with you.  If you visit The World Peace Forum on their Facebook Page, you will see more.

May Peace Prevail On Earth – “Que a paz prevaleça no mundo

 

 

Peace Pals Artist – India – Honors the Victims of Pulse Orlando, Fl – USA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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For the past 19 years Peace Pals International has been holding an annual art contest which invites children from all over the world to participate and share their artwork. This year our theme was “Oneness with Diversity.”

On June 12, 2016, 49 innocent people were killed and 53 were wounded in a senseless act of hate. In India a 13 year old girl learned of the news of the horrific shooting at the Orlando Pulse Nightclub and chose to paint a memorial to honor all those who lost their lives or were injured.

Sanika’s response was to create a powerful work of art that would have the potential to heal those of us who were affected by this tragedy.Sagar-Kambil-2016-Orlando-Pulse-USA-2016When we received the artwork at Peace Pals International, we knew we would have to share it with the world.

We give deep gratitude to Sagar Kambil of Gurukul School of art in Mumbai, India for encouraging young artist such as Sanika to express their love and humanity through art.

Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day with a World Peace Flag Ceremony, Poughkeepsie, New York – USA

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Sunday February 21st, 2016 the “Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson” came together at the Galleria Mall Center Court in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA to celebrate the 90th anniversary of “World Thinking Day” http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/global/world-thinking-day.html.

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This year World Thinking Day celebrates the Connections with oneself, ones friends and ones world. The Scout Troops made exhibits on a country they chose to learn about for this year’s celebration.

In addition to all the exhibits there was the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Competitive Singing Group: The Dotted Half Notes, Irish Step Dancing by Siobann Moore School of Dance and Sahana Natesan danced a traditional Indian dance in full traditional wear.

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Amelia Roger, the organizer of the event said “The highlight of the afternoon was the World Peace Flag Ceremony presented by Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society in Wassaic. He brought a full set of flags, one for each Member Country of the United Nations. Each girl had the opportunity to honor the flag of the country they carried as well as joining the whole group in asking that May Peace Prevail in that country then May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

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The relationship between Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and the World Peace Prayer Society has been ongoing for many years now and has been truly beneficial for both organizations.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Submitted by:
Jim Dugan & Amelia Roger

World Peace Flag Ceremony at Tillman Chapel in the Church Center for the United Nations-NYC-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 21, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, the Church Center for the United Nations, and an impressive list of coalitions and organizations including the World Peace Prayer Society co-sponsored a day-long vigil for the International Day of Peace at the Tillman Chapel in the Church Center across the street from the United Nations on 21 September.

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The event was entitled, “The Quest for a Just and Sustainable Peace,” with a keynote address on “A Tale of Two 70s: The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing.”  The winning artwork of the 2015 Peace Pals Art Exhibition with the theme “Love to Hiroshima–Love to Nagasaki” was on display throughout the day.

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The Chaplain for the Church Center, which is run by the United Methodist Women, is Rev. Dionne Boissiere. She now has her own desktop Peace Pole, which she placed in a special area where those in attendance could write their prayers on a ribbon to post on a board. The Chapel was filled with prayers for peace all day long. Rev. Boissiere also put out a call to churches to ring their bells at 12 noon and for everyone to Tweet, #MayPeacePrevailOnEarth!

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The World Peace Prayer Society held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations at 3:00, following the hourly Minute of Silence, accompanied by the Society’s Peace Bell made of recycled weapons of war. The flags has been raised that morning by students at the bell ringing ceremony by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Now each one was presented in turn as everyone sent a prayer for peace to prevail in each country of the world in turn, accompanied by the transcendent music of the World Peace Violin.

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Many special friends of the World Peace Prayer Society took part in the prayers, including Andrew Benson Greene of Sierra Leone, who has long worked with Bockarie Enssah, our Peace Representative there. He is an accomplished poet, who has written a book of poetry called “The Peace Pole.”

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This heartfelt call to peace from the United Nations was surely felt around the world. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Pre-Kindergarten students learn to ‘sign’ the peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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Making peace cranes and learning how to ‘sign’ the peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” are two calming and inspiring activities to do with young children.

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Signing is a growing part of pre-K and early education and this is a way to incorporate both the Peace Pals International program  and the Peace Pole Project into our curriculum.

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Of course it helps to anchor what we do with the four Peace Poles in the neighborhood: in front of our house and in front of St. Ann School and Black Rock School and Black Rock Library where so many of our neighborhood children go after school.

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This year I began working with the students at the end of their summer Lighthouse program so they would be ready when school started, to prepare for the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

Gail Ostrow