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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.




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

Sunday, September 16th, 2018


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

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.


May Peace Prevail On Earth *Peace Packages” in Sunlight of the Spirit gift shop in Sacramento, California-USA

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Thank YOU for being a Peace Troubadour, Robin!  I think that the Peace Packages are going to sell quickly as they make a lovely stocking stuffer for Christmas or gifting for other traditions & celebrations such as:

Three King’s Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festival Of Makar Sankranti, Lunar New Year, 12-Step Acknowledgements, Martin Luther King Day, Office Gift Exchanges, Promotions, farewells, etc.

I am thrilled that you have embraced the gift that radiates the universal peace  message “ May Peace Prevail On Earth” as authored by  Mr. Masahisa Goi.

Submitted by:
Renee Marie, WPPS Peace Representative of Sacramento California-USA
& Founder, Salute Integrity and
Peace Poles for Schools

WPPS & URI-Africa Sign an Agreement to Promote a Culture of Peace in Africa

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


WPPS & URI-Africa Sign an Agreement to Promote a Culture of Peace in Africa

March 28, 2017

The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) and United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa) signed a partnership agreement to enhance the working partnership at the national, sub-regional and continental levels in Africa to promote a culture of peace.

The agreement was signed in San Francisco at the Global Support Office of the United Religions Initiative on March 28, 2017 by Ms. Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS, and by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI-Africa, Representative of URI to the African Union and United Nations, and Global Envoy of URI.

The objectives of the agreement are:

• To collaborate and maintain a close working partnership to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the spirit of the universal peace prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth”
• To organize world peace prayer ceremonies
• To plant peace poles in the spirit of peace building
• To commemorate UN Days through public events like the International Day of Peace on September 21st
• To support the principles, goals and programs of the United Nations (UN) and its agencies and to disseminate information and educational materials about the work of the UN on peace issues
• To work together for a sustainable peace with the participation of NGOs, individuals and intergovernmental organizations involved in educating and ending domestic violence, as well as with the corporate, faith and media sectors
• To promote a culture of peace, the teaching of the Golden Rule, and inter-religious and intercultural constructive dialogue, and to build trust and peaceful coexistence in Africa
• To organize workshops, meetings, and seminars, and to develop and implement peace projects jointly.

The partnership agreement sets out clear areas of engagement and a plan of action for the two organizations to work together.

On the occasion of the signing of the agreement, Executive Director of WPPS Fumi Johns Stewart said, “What a tremendous opportunity to ignite the spark of peace, tolerance and compassion in our hearts, to work toward a common goal in building a culture of peace beginning in Africa and rippling out to other continents of the world.”

On his part, Amb. Mussie Hailu said, “As a bridge-building interfaith organization, it is such a great pleasure for URI-Africa to foster this institutional working partnership with WPPS to promote a culture of peace and non-violence.  At this opportunity, I want to recognize the extraordinary work and contribution of WPPS since its establishment in 1954 in promoting the culture of peace through the spirit of the universal peace prayer of May Peace Prevail on Earth in the world.”

World Peace Prayer Society is a non-political, non-religious, international peace organization that works to share the message of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” through the Peace Pole Project, with over 140,000 Peace Poles planted around the globe.

URI-Africa is an interfaith organization which is working to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings. It has 200 member organizations in 32 African countries, with a regional office based in Nairobi, Kenya. There is a sub-regional office based in Uganda for Great Lakes Region Countries, in Nigeria for West African Countries, in South Africa for Southern African Countries, and in Djibouti for the Horn of Africa.

Both organizations have NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

World Peace Flag Ceremony Marks the 2016 International Day of Peace at the United Nations-USA

Friday, December 30th, 2016

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

Following the official observance of the 2016 International Day of Peace at the United Nations on September 16th, a dedicated group gathered across the street to send their prayers for peace to every nation of the world.

More than 100 people filled the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations for an event hosted by Chaplain Dionne Boissiere of the United Methodist Women and organized by the World Peace Prayer Society and the United Religions Initiative.

Included among the participants was a busload of youth brought to the International Day of Peace observances from Vermont by Children of the Earth. These young people, many of whom are refugees from various countries, came to the event directly from a luncheon visit to the Mission of the United States, where they were greeted by Amb. Samantha Power.

Rev. Boissiere opened the event with a warm welcome that reiterated her commitment to opening the chapel to the International Day of Peace each year. Deborah Moldow, Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society, serving as M.C., began by introducing Monica Willard, Representative to the United Nations for the United Religions Initiative. Monica read the URI’s moving Nuclear Prayer in the spirit of the International Day of Peace. She also spoke about some of the inspiring events planned to take place for the International Day of Peace on September 21st all over the world.

Interfaith filmmaker Ruth Broyde Sharone next told the touching story of the Israeli Palestinian Women’s Peace and Healing Quilt, which was displayed behind the chapel altar. A brief video explained this joyful vehicle for healing and peace in the Holy Land.

Peace Quilt with Ruth Broyde Sharone, Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Monica Willard (Photo: David Willard)

Peace Quilt with Ruth Broyde Sharone, Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Monica Willard (Photo: David Willard)

Deborah then explained the World Peace Flag Ceremony, in which all present would participate, raising the flag of every Member State of the United Nations – the very same flags that had been lifted by students at the Peace Bell as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rang it that morning for the final time in his administration. She demonstrated how each participant would announce the country name and present the flag.

Sasha Reed, Deborah Moldow, Patrick McCollum (Photo: Patrick McCollum)

Sasha Reed, Deborah Moldow, Patrick McCollum
(Photo: Patrick McCollum)


Sasha Reed (Photo: David Willard)

Sasha Reed
(Photo: David Willard)

Deborah then introduced Rev. Patrick McCollum to tell the story of the World Peace Violin, hand crafted to contain fragments from around the world from places of conflict that had been healed. Patrick introduced Ms. Sasha Reed, a beautiful young violinist who would accompany the ceremony with her transcendent music.

The flag distribution team of Brandon Perdomo, the WPPS Youth Representative to the UN, Yuji Hiraiwa, Akiko Imaizumi, and Dr. Joni Carley took their places, and the World Peace Flag Ceremony began.

(Photo: Patrick McCollum) 

(Photo: Patrick McCollum)


(Photo: David Willard) 

(Photo: David Willard)

As the music of peace flowed from the World Peace Violin, people of all ages and many nationalities took turns praying for peace to prevail in each country as its flag was raised. From time to time, Deborah sounded the World Peace Bell made from recycled weapons of war and everyone paused to proclaim, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” The World Peace Flag Ceremony was a profound experience, as the chapel filled with everyone’s prayers from the heart.

Two of the students from Vermont, Johnny Strek and Aidan Lodge, posted a report on their UN experience. They wrote:

One of the many powerful parts of the day was the flag ceremony. Taking part in the UN chapel, 196 flags of the world were held up and met with the wish “may peace prevail,” while the world peace violin was played. There is a great deal of conflict in the world that seems to be caused by conflicting ideologies. To be in a chapel in which one’s faith didn’t matter and the hope for peace was sent out to everyone was truly incredible.  

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

International Day of Peace celebration in Zachelmie- POLAND

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


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).


Jacek Kozlovski, WPPS Representative in Poland