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The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association plants Peace Pole in honor of IDP in Crestone, CO USA

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Jack planting the Peace Pole as the sun shines down on IDP celebration

Jack Salamone, member of the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, spearheaded the planning and planting of a Peace Pole at what is to be the sight for the Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage in Crestone, Colorado.

Jack states “Our group is called the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, We practice in the Great Middle Way tradition of the Jonang Lineage.”

 

from left to right… Colleen, Francis, Wendy, Leticia, Laura, Julie, Paul, Tashi, Kristine (my wife), Jack, Sri, Prema and Dan.

Currently Jack shares he is “helping to raise money to build the The Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage. This will be a vegan, low cost and multi-sectarian Buddhist center intended to provide a place to practice contemplation and solitude away from large urban centers in a quiet natural setting.”

You can find more about the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association at https://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/

Mr Salamone and his associates expressed gratitude in being able to work with the World Peace Prayer Society, as he believes,

“We hold the same views regarding the supremacy of peace and non-violence as a non-sectarian approach to living”.

The “mani” stones placed around the base of the pole are inscribed with the
mantra “om mani peme hum” which represents the union of wisdom and compassion.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IDP Peace Pole Planting Undrumsdal/Tønsberg/ Norway

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

 

Peace Pole in honor of International Day of Peace is celebrated

Mr Ole Vestergaard in Undurmsdal, 120 km south of Oslo, on September 22nd in Undrumsdal/Tønsberg/ Norway a little Ceremony was held for International Day of Peace.

A Peace Pole was planted with the languages of 8 native cultures represented. The Peace Pole represented; Norwegian, German, Russian,

French, Arabic, Armenian, South Samish (Samish is the language of the Norwegian natives) and English note of May Peace Be in our Hearts.

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

 

 

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.

How 2,500 Peace Poles Equals 25,000 Trees – World Peace Sanctuary – New York – USA

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The Peace Pole Project, whose home is at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, has hit a wonderful milestone. Several years ago we launched “The Classic White Peace Pole” based on the many Peace Poles that were made in Japan and planted around the world since the 1970’s.  Prior to starting the Classic White Pole, we were making Peace Poles from cedar but wanted to create a way for more people to afford their own Peace Pole and that’s when the Classic White Peace Pole was born.

This summer we crafted the 2,500th Classic White Peace Pole. That isn’t the entire story. When we started with this style of Peace Pole,  we created a partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization who’s mission is to plant trees around the world in areas of deforestation and places where developing communities could be positively affected by the planting of trees. These tree plantings are done not only for the shear environmental impact, for food, fiber and timber products, but also the physical and mental health benefits to humans and our fellow creatures when we are surrounded by trees.  Our partnership with Trees for the Future has 10 trees planted on the African Continent for every single Classic White Peace Pole we craft. So this wonderful milestone of crafting so many Peace Poles is now responsible for the planting of twenty five thousand trees – and that’s a lot of trees.

In the photograph you will notice the logo of Rotary International on the top of this Peace Pole being held by Peace Pole maker Jim Dugan. The Peace Pole Project has long worked with Rotary and, more recently, the Jubitz Family Foundation who work with many Rotary chapters to plant Peace Poles across the northwestern United States. The Peace Pole Project deeply thanks our partners and everyone who has helped us get to this milestone by planting a Classic White Peace Pole and we look forward to crafting one for you.

To learn how to get your own Classic White Peace Pole (just $100 plus shipping):

http://shoppeace.org/peacepole_vinyl_4.aspx

The amazing Trees for the Future organization can be found at: 

https://trees.org/

Information on the diversified work of the Jubitz Family Foundation can be found at:

http://www.jubitz.org/

For details on Rotary International and how you can help their missions see:
https://www.rotary.org/

H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations receives Walnut Peace Pole

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
WPPS Peace Representatives,  Monica Willard from the U.S.  along with Fr. James Channan from Pakistan presented a mini Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations.

Peace Representatives, Monica Willard (left) and Fr. James Channan (right) present a walnut Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

The special Peace Pole was crafted from a walnut tree from the 100 year old walnut grove which is part of the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, NY.  Some trees in the grove were felled due to overcrowding and our peace pole maker, Jim Dugan, crafted these walnut peace poles for special occasions.  Prayers and intentions of global peace has been infused in each and every walnut tree in the grove over the last 30 years since the opening of the Peace Sanctuary.  We are happy that one of them found their way to the United Nations.

Infinite Gratitude to Nature
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Fumi

Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania-USA

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

 

The four languages used are English, German (representing our cultural heritage), Hausa (recognizing the large Brethren community in Northern Nigeria) and Spanish (recognizing Spanish speaking congregations particularly in Puerto Rico).

Here is a picture of the dedication service for the Peace Pole at the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. The dedication service was held on June 24, 2018.

-Gene Wampler

 

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!