Archive for the ‘The Peace Pole Project’ Category

Peace Pole Planted by Deacon, Colts Neck, NJ-USA

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

A Peace Pole was planted in Colts Neck, NJ where I serve as deacon.
As far as the dedication, I used a simple blessing from the Book of Blessings….

Peace,
Vinnie Rinaldi

Forikolo school in Sierra Leone dedicates Peace Pole

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

June 4, 2017

WPPS friend Otto Herz of Germany is a great supporter of Peace Poles and the May Peace Prevail On Earth movement. He encouraged Forikolo school in Sierra Leone to plant a Peace Pole with the peace message in English, French, Arabic and German. The  green, white and blue Peace Pole represent colors of the country flag of Sierra Leone.

A huge Peace Pole was dedicated by the school community on the occasion of Otto’s birthday on June 4th.  The inauguration of the Peace Pole was attended by consultant of the President Ernest Bai Korma, the Paramount Chief, the commander of the Army in Lungi,  project manager Abu Mansaray as well as other local dignitaries.

Peace Pole dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

May 23,  2017

Dodging raindrops, Elgin Rotary Club members dedicated a Peace Pole on May 23rd that now is part of the city’s Veterans Memorial Park along the Fox River.

Mayor Dave Kaptain told the crowd the location was a fitting one, as those who served in the military “fought to bring peace to everyone.”

Alan Kirk, President of the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club, said that the Rotarians had been looking to put up a Peace Pole for about 15 years, at the urging of club member Ben Henrikson. According to Kirk, the Rotary’s breakfast group has about 20 members, while a group that meets at noon has 65 members.

The Rotarians also donated money for creating Veterans Memorial Park, near Gail Borden Public Library, which was built in phases this decade. When Henrikson and other Rotarians approached the committee involved with the park project, they unanimously agreed to place a Peace Pole there, City Councilman Rich Dunne said.

Elgin’s Peace Pole was designed and built by retired dentist Greg Karr, who has been with the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club since it chartered in 1989.

Prior to the dedication, Karr explained that the Peace Pole concept originated in 1955 with Masahisa Goi of Japan, who founded the World Peace Prayer Society. The first Peace Poles erected outside Japan went up in the 1980s, Karr said, and today there are more than 100,000 such poles up in about 180 countries, including one at the North Pole.

Each pole has the phrase, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” inscribed on it in a country’s primary language, Karr said. Karr’s pole also has that phrase written in braille and in Potawatomie on separate sides along with other symbols.

Karr said that while Peace Poles originally were made of wood, he decided to use steel and stone for his design. That design is a four-sided metal cage holding 196 stones, each etched with the code for each of the countries in existence on Earth, Karr said.

Karr said it took about 10 years, on and off, to create his piece, with part of the delay due to battling an illness. Karr’s friend David Reich, who is a welding instructor at Elgin Community College, was of great assistance in constructing the Peace Pole.

Karr said the most challenging part of the project, which he built in his garage, was finishing the stainless steel from the material used, which was raw from the mill.

The pole also was to have a spire on top of it that would represent the world’s seven continents, which didn’t quite work.

“It just looked ugly,” Karr said.

Putting his creation up in the park took about five hours Saturday and involved the help of several friends and family members, Karr said.

When speaking to those assembled for the dedication, Karr said, “This was a group effort, and it is a big part of my life.”

 

Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony at the Fourth Global Forum

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

June 14 – 16 2017

Conscious business leaders from 32 countries traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the Fourth Global Forum hosted by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.  The three day Forum was held June 14th through 16th on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.   The World Peace Prayer Society and sister organization the Goi Peace Foundation were invited to present a Peace Pole and World Peace Flag Ceremony during the Grand Reception which was held on the last evening of the Forum.

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the research, education and practice of flourishing enterprise. Since it’s founding in 2002, The Fowler Center has become the leading edge research and educational institution with the philosophy of “do well and do good” teaching students to become agents of world benefit making a positive impact on society and the natural world. The Center is also an industry leader in the practice of “appreciative inquiry”.

The two and a half day Forum with the theme, Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, started with inspirational speeches by business leaders and educators including billionaire Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, Dr. Peter Senge, senior lecturer at M.I.T., and Dr. Barbara Frederickson known for her theory of positive emotions. 

Throughout the afternoon, the Forum invited participants to breakaway into 7 working groups each led by business partners and their areas of focus.  The overarching task of the Forum was to explore the best of what has been, already is, and could be, full-spectrum flourishing enterprises on the individual, organizational and systemic levels.

The Fourth Global Forum this year inaugurated the first Flourish Prizes, recognizing and awarding 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the final evening of the Forum, the Grand Reception took place  at the open atrium of the Cleveland Art Museum.  Chris Laszlo, faculty research director of the Fowler Center opened the evening by praising the success of the Forum. He then introduced  WPPS, the Goi Peace Foundation and the Fuji Declaration and invited us to lead the Peace Pole Ceremony.   The Peace Pole was then unveiled by Chris Laszlo, Chuck Fowler and Fumi Johns Stewart of WPPS.

Following the Peace Pole dedication, everyone gathered in a circle around the Peace Pole to prepare for the World Peace Flag Ceremony.  A lot of excitement was in the air as attendees picked up flags to carry and send peace to every region of the world.  Each of the business leaders representing 32 countries of the world stepped up enthusiastically to hold the flags of their respective countries.

With one voice and one heart, the symphony of prayers for peace rang out through the Art Museum as participants sent their prayers for peace to prevail in each country of the world.  To close the ceremony, the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, was spoken in all the languages represented at the Forum.

The grand reception ended on a very high note with participants joyfully connecting around the Peace Pole with their flags. Everyone communed as one global family in the spirit of the flourishing enterprise movement committed to becoming agents of world benefit.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, Ohio Peace Pole-USA

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Name of Peace Pole owner: St. John United Church of Christ
Contact Person: Rev. Jim Brehler, Pastor
email: stjohnuccpastor@gmail.com

Date of Peace Pole Planting: 27 May 2017

Peace Pole planted in  our rock garden outside of the Fellowship Hall of our church. 950 Webster St., Defiance, OH 43512

We did have a dedication ceremony in memory of Monica Heckel:
Peace Pole Dedication Jim

I was familiar with the Peace Pole Project through another church I had been affiliated with.

Our Peace Pole was dedicated in memory of Monica Heckel, our Director of Faith Formation, who died unexpectedly after a short illness. The attached bulletin from her Memorial Service contains a short obituary which talks about her history:
Heckel Service Bulletin 2017.05.27

Monica and I were spiritual soul mates with both of us being highly empathic. Monica had wanted to plant a Peace Pole at the church, and had even begun constructing one from a 4×4 that she had found discarded on the side of the road. It was apropos that a discarded piece of lumber be used because of Monica’s work as a social worker, and her being, which seemed to attract people who had been discarded by others or society. However, when she had painted the 4×4, the paint would not adhere. After her passing, the church decided to purchase one from your organization. We mounted a brass plaque dedicating the Peace Pole to Monica with her favorite saying with which she closed all of her correspondence: Peace and all good. Monica truly longed for peace for all of creation. We truly miss her presence and spirit.

The dedication ceremony was adapted from: http://onearthpeace.org/peaceday_files/Peace-Pole_Sample-Dedication-Service_Yvonne-Riege-2012_On-Earth-Peace.pdf

Peace and all good,
Rev. Jim Brehler
St. John United Church of Christ
Defiance, OH

 

 

First Church of Christ, Congregational, United Church of Christ plants Peace Pole- Suffield, Connecticut-USA

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Greetings,

This is to inform you that the First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC in Suffield CT dedicated a Peace Pole on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

The Peace Pole is located in a newly restored garden. Attached is a photograph of Rev. Bridget Fidler (right) and Rev. Dian Bailey (left).

Thank you for your work for peace,
Anita Wardell

Peace Pole planted – Corby Phoenix-UNITED KINGDOM

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Hi to you all,

I just wanted to share our Peace Pole Planting ceremony with you all.

On Thursday February 23rd, the children of Studfall Primary School, Corby , Northants  in conjunction with Corby Phoenix Rotary Club planted a Peace Pole at the entrance of their school.

One of the main focus areas of Rotary International is Peace and Conflict Resolution … Rotary as an organisation offers peace projects/initiatives at every level of education  from Primary School to sponsoring 50 peace scholars every year to study Peace and  Conflict resolution at six university centres throughout the world.

We believe very strongly that the younger we start to install the message of peace the better. Corby Phoenix working with Studfall Primary School supported the school to visit a centre which interactively made young people realise violence is not always the answer to problems.  Many issues were raised including cyber bulling.  From this we went on to encourage the children to think about alternatives to violence and what peace means.  They started for taking the letters PEACE and explained what these meant in relation to peace.  They then went on to develop thoughts of peace and several very insightful poems were written.  Copies of which  I can send.

On the 23rd of February,  they held a Mufti day at school where the children all dressed up in purple. Purple is the colour of Rotary’s Campaign  along with Bill Gates of Microsoft to eradicate the crippling disease polio from the world. They also saw the links where there is peace there is less chance of polio outbreaks.  An assembly was held with children reading their peace poems and culminating in planting their Peace Pole.  Eight languages were included and a time capsule was planted which contained a couple of the poems and a dove badge representing peace.

I attach pictures…pictures include the children, teacher Angie Alloway , who was foremost in leading the project at the school, Rotarians from two Corby Clubs  and the  1070 Rotary District Governor John Dehnel.

I think it is best summed up in the words of the teacher…

“Please can you pass on a huge thank you to you and your fellow Rotarians for all their support today.

The children were really engaged in the assembly and the Peace Pole looks amazing and will be a wonderful welcome to all who visit our school; thank you so much for making this happen for us.

With the kindest of regards,
Angie”

As a Rotarian in the UK I am trying t promote the planting of Peace Poles.  This is a project very few UK Rotarians know about, it will take some time but progress is being made.

very best wishes,
Rtn Margaret Morley.
RC of Corby Phoenix.
District 1070 UK

St. John of God Parish Announcement-Peace Pole Dedication-Islip, New York-USA

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I attached three photographs that were taken the day of our Peace Pole Dedication at St. John of God Parish, located at 84 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722.

The languages on the Peace Pole are:  English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Swahili.

Our pastor is Fr. Narcis Kabipi from Tanzania, and he was joined during the ceremony by Interfaith Minister, Andrea Goodman.

Peace to all,
Ray Signer

Sherwood Rotary Club spreads message of peace around city- Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Peace Poles are sprouting up around Sherwood, and each one is unique, with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” appearing in four different languages chosen by the facilities where they are sited.

Gathered at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center on April 14 to dedicate another peace pole provided by the Sherwood Rotary Club. Photo by Barbara Sherman

One of the Peace Poles was dedicated at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center ( 21907 Southwest Sherwood, Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon) on April 14, 2017 in a ceremony led by Thressa Caulkins, center director, and Karen Strickland with the Rotary Club’s Peace Committee. The pole features English, Spanish, Japanese and sign language as its four languages.

“Sherwood Rotary is a Peace Builder Club in Rotary District 5100, which has a goal of establishing 100 new peace Poles in Oregon and Washington through funding by the Jubitz Family Foundation,” Strickland said. “This pole at the senior center represents one more towards that goal and our overall mission of promoting world peace and understanding.”

According to Wendy Wells, Sherwood Rotary service chair, the club will provide poles to locations who wish to partner with the Rotary Club of Sherwood in offering peace programming and education to the community.

“Our club was awarded a grant from the Sherwood Rotary Foundation to fund this year’s peace programs and poles, which was supplemented by Jubitz Family Foundation money for the peace pole project,” Wells said. “Our club hopes to be awarded a grant for the coming year to support peace programming, including purchasing peace poles.”

To read the full story:  http://pamplinmedia.com/sherwood-rotary-club-spreads-message-of-peace-around-city

Peace Pals Art Exhibition ~ Leça do Balio – Portugal

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

May 4, 2017

The second International Exhibition of Drawings of Peace was inaugurated on May 4th at the headquarters of the grouping of schools of Leça do Balio (Porto/Portugal).

The participants were children and teens from more than 100 countries belonging to schools, groups members of the Living Peace International  and  organizations partners of the project.

A very important sector was been reserved for the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition. Peace Pal International and Living Peace have been working together for 4 years  for the creation of a culture of peace.

Many schools, groups, scouts and organizations from the north of Portugal that visited the exhibition were deeply impressed by the beauty and wealth of values that the Peace Pals International drawings transmit, an authentic testimony of how much the youngest generations are protagonists in the construction of a culture of peace.

Carlos D. Palma
Living Peace International