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De Kapel Promotes Peace Week in Hilversum, Netherlands

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

 September 15th to September 23 is “Peace Week” in Hilversum, Netherlands. 

 “De Kapel“ a liberal Faith Community with Christian background promotes each year “Peace Week“ very actively and each year it is part of their program to plant Peace Poles in Hilversum. This year marks their 5th Peace Pole planted.

Lopes Dias Community center accepting donation of Peace Pole.

 

Hilversum is a city and municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands.

5th Peace Pole Planted in North Hilversum during Peace Week

This year, on Septemger 19th, De Kapel donated their Peace Pole to a Community Center in the Northern part of Hilversum, called Lopes Dias.

the unvealing of the 5th peace pole 2018

 “All Peace Poles help to connect each other and The Community Center Lopes Dias also helps to connect citizens of Hilversum” says Father Tom Rijken of De Kapel.

Father Rijken with his very 1st pole outside “De Kapel“ in 2014

More info in Dutch about the Peace Poles in Hilversum:  

https://www.remonstranten.nl/adrem/jaargang-2018/september-2018/platgetreden-vrede-nee-hoor-springlevend/

Thank you to Father Rijken for his contributions to spreading the message of Peace.

May Peace Prevail on Earth

May Peace Prevail in Hilversum

News and photographs provided

by Dagmar Berkenberg from our European office outside Munich, Germany

Vigil4Peace & Ecology, Central Park NYC

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

16 September 2018
Vigil4Peace & Ecology, Central Park NYC

The 17th Anniversary of the Vigil4Peace in Central Park gathered dancers, musicians, visual artists and peace leaders “on the road” towards the International Day of Peace. This annual event, free of charge, engaged the public in a very direct way at the Central Park Bandshell, attracting hundreds of passersby throughout the day. In collaboration with Paul Sladkus (Peace Day Party), the World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow anchored attendees with a call to peace throughout the world.

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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.

We, The World 20th Anniversary and Interdependence Day Peace Party, NYC

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

12 September 2018
We, The World 20th Anniversary and Interdependence Day Peace Party

This event curated by Andrew Kaen, Good News Planet, We, The World and Planet Heart brought together community within the NYC-area for a celebration of the accomplishments made by We, The World, headed by Rick Ulfik within its 20 years of active participation in organizing and allowing event visibility for peace workers around the world. This event included international dancers, music, interfaith prayer, visual presentations and video messages for peace.