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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.

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!

 

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.

 

Peace Pole, Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch-Eastonton, Georgia-USA

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Here is  our Peace Pole constructed by middle school students.

It is at our butterfly habitat, a certified Monarch Way Station.

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
419 Oak Street
Eatonton, GA 31024

Peace,
Susan Larson

Artisan Peace Pole in Desoto, Kansas-USA

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The Peace Pole was planted in August of 2017

I had multiple dedication ceremonies with various small groups.

 

I learned about the Peace Pole Project by searching on the internet.

Thank you!
Therese McKechnie

“Peace Acupuncture for this World”- Peace Pole in Stockerau, AUSTRIA

Friday, June 9th, 2017

 

https://evang-stockerau.org/2017/06/09/moege-frieden-auf-erden-sein/
Literal translation of the article has been provided below.

May Peace Prevail on Earth
Dagmar Berkenberg
WPPS, Germany

Dear all, surely you already saw our peace pillar outside the Lutheran Church in Stockerau. In the beginning, some of you might have thought; “is this a new billboard?”

But when we placed the words on the Peace Pole last November, you all realized:   Peace is the Subject!   Möge Frieden auf Erden sein!

The common wish “May Peace Prevail on Earth”  will be the realization that people of all nations, traditions and religions begin to reflect and get closer with one another.

In our global society we cannot afford to only care for our own and condemn everything else as the foreigner – the stranger.

Worldwide there are thousands of similar peace reminders and monuments like his one,  in difference places, in a variety of  different materials, colors & shapes and in many many languages.

“Peace Acupuncture for this world”- This is the term our artist Mr. Leo Pfisterer refers to Peace Poles, that have been planted into the ground.

As Christians of the Protestant Church we do not think that planting a Peace Pole makes our world automatically more peaceful.

It would be wonderful if it was that simple.

A person who views the daily news or who simply walks through life with open eyes,  will quickly realize how human beings fight with one other on a small or large scale,

for such reasons such as hate, lust for power, jealousy, greed and how many are caught in a vicious circle of violence and terror.

How wonderful it would be, if we can change human beings.

Peace Picket Fence—bears the words,” May Peace Prevail On Earth” in a variety of languages and in an array of colors-Bavaria-GERMANY

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Here is another creative idea to add to our collection of great ways to spread the universal peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

I was in touch with Judith Rösner, a homeopathic physician in Bavaria. Last autumn,  she contacted me to request various language translations of the peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

She had an idea about a project that involved using a picket fence.

I just received a photograph of the fence.   She explained that the project is ongoing, so she will be adding more language translations!

May Peace Prevail on Earth
Dagmar Berkenberg
WPPS Germany Office