Archive for the ‘The Peace Pole Project’ Category

Atlanta celebrates International Day of Peace – Georgia – USA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

WPPS Peace Representative Andrea Kay Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, USA took part in an International Day of Peace event which took place at the local Atlanta Public Library.  The event was part of the Libraries for Peace initiative which will become an annual project.

Andrea shared a booth to highlight the many peace initiatives in Atlanta including Atlanta Peace Trails, a program that maps Peace Poles and Peace Monuments in Atlanta http://www.atlantapeacetrails.com, World Peace Trails and her own peace program, Partnerships in Peace.  The Peace Pole carries the peace message in  English, Creole, Swahili & Farsi.
 
May peace be in Atlanta

Ketchikan High School plants Peace Pole for the “Kings for Peace” event in honor of the International Day of Peace-Ketchikan, Alaska-USA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Ketchikan High School in Ketchikan, Alaska is pleased to announce Kings for Peace, a celebration of International Peace Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Kayhi Auditorium.

The entire dedication ceremony can be viewed here.
(Note from WPPS: This is a beautiful tribute – please watch.)

At the ceremony, students and community members will join together for the dedication of Kayhi’s Peace Pole. “May Peace Prevail on Earth” printed on the Peace Pole in six languages reflective of Ketchikan’s traditional and contemporary culture will be a visual reminder of the importance of global understanding.

David Janes of the United States – Japan Foundation will speak to the projects and education that foster a mutual understanding between America and Japan and will bestow the 2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award upon Ms. Sarah Campbell.

In addition to generous support from the U.S.-Japan Foundation, Ketchikan’s chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Kayhi Vocational Department, staff, various clubs and groups of students have joined Ms. Campbell in the creation of the first annual Kings for Peace celebration.

Students, staff, and community members will “plant” the first Peace Pole in Ketchikan on September 21, 2017

All students, staff, and special guests are invited to attend and participate in the ceremony. Twitter/Instagram users are encouraged to tweet using #PeacePole, #PeaceDayChallenge, #PeaceDay, #KayhiPride, and #KingsForPeace.

For more information about Kings For Peace, please contact event coordinator, Sarah Campbell.

Peace Pole planted in Columbia Maryland-USA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I first saw a Peace Pole at St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church in Loveladies, Long Beach Island, NJ years ago; I have wanted one ever since.

My son-in-law, Steve Ritchie, and my husband, Dave Douglass, planted my Peace Pole last evening.
I am thrilled to have it in our front yard, hopefully sharing our message of peace to all who visit or pass by.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Donna Douglass
Columbia, MD USA
Submitted: September 21st, 2017

2017 UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION IN NIGERIA BY WPPS, Peace Representative of NIGERIA-WEST AFRICA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The 2017 world peace day on the theme “TOGETHER FOR PEACE, RESPECT, SAFETY & DIGNITY FOR ALL “ observance in Nigeria was great as it drew participants from all race to meet together to share a common ideology for peace as enshrined in the universal prayer for world peace “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”  Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, Members from the academia, Political class, Youth group and members of the press, all prayed the universal prayer for world peace.

The event features the reading of the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres message for 2017 International Day of Peace which was read by Chief Eseme Ibans who is a Justice of the Peace, while I “Mojima Etokudo” presented my address and a paper on Peace Through Team Work.  Joseph Boaz anchored the event while Prince Effiong Udoekong who is an ambassador of Peace gives the goodwill message.

The highlights of the 2017 UN Peace Day was the planting of a 7 foot metal ( iron)Peace Pole with the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, French, Japanese and Efik languages in the palace of HRH.  Dr. Sylvester Ibanga who is an ambassador of Peace and a king in the community who was one of our Desktop Peace Pole recipient last year at his country home in Ikot Ekiduk-Midim in Abak, Nigeria. I spoke extensively on the essence of Peace Pole and its history. Three (3) religious leaders namely “Evangelist Ikobong Akpan of Church of Christ,  Bishops Emmanuel Inyang and Charles Ekpott of Mt Zion Light House Church prayed at various times before, during and after planting the Peace Pole.

The Peace song I composed with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was sung by all as I lead the singing.
Stickers with the universal prayer inscription was shared with all participants.

The 2017 UN International Day of Peace received media coverage as we had both an electronic and print media representative in attendance.

Thank you for your prayers and kind thought about me and my work for peace in Nigeria, I need more. God bless you all.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Sincerely,

Mojima Etokudo
Peace Representative in Nigeria
The World Peace Prayer Society
AKWA IBOM STATE,
NIGERIA – WEST AFRICA

A “Celebration of Peace” at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Connecticut – USA

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
On Tuesday, September 19th, Jim Dugan of WPPS was the Keynote Speaker at two gatherings at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). Other speakers in addition to Jim were Imam Mohammad Hidara, The Reverend Rafael Torres and Rabbi Dr. Marshal Press along with top Hospital Administrators.
CVH is a State run hospital treating individuals with mental illness. Jim’s first address was given in the maximum security Whiting Forensic Division and the second address was delivered in the Yerbury Chapel, both on the Hospital grounds and delivered to the patients that reside at the Hospital. After the two heartfelt gatherings, Jim took part in the Re-dedication of the Hospital’s six sided Peace Pole. This was Jim Dugan’s forth time to be invited to be the Keynote Speaker at CVH’s yearly IDP events for their patients. As a gift from WPPS to CVH, Jim brought a butterfly bush that was in full bloom and it will be planted at the front entrance to Whiting.

Silverton Rotary Peace Pole Dedication, Silverton, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

On September 19, 2017, the newly installed Silverton Peace Pole was dedicated at Silverton’s Town Square Park in Silverton, Oregon by members of the Silverton Rotary Club.

The Peace Pole was planted at Silverton Town Square Park located in the heart of Silverton on the corner of West Main and Fiske Streets. The park is a small 1/4-acre park and is also home to the City’s Holiday Tree, which is the center for winter gatherings.  Silverton Rotary Club held a dedication ceremony and had 50 attendees including our local group of “People for Peace”.

As president of the Silverton Rotary Club, I learned about the Peace Pole Project while attending President Elect Training in February of 2017.

I am enclosing a photo of our club with the Peace Pole the day of our dedication September 19, 2017.

Sincerely,
Cindy Jones, President
Silverton Rotary Club

Universal Spirituality plants Peace Pole in SWITZERLAND

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Universal Spirituality gathering was organized by the Schweiberalp Center of Unity in Villa Unspunnen, Switzerland from 8th to the 10th of September.


The gathering was attended by a group of dedicated peace workers from various cultures and traditions to empower the spirit of spiritual oneness and global harmony.

A Peace Pole was gifted to the Villa by Keiko Ito who traveled from Japan to make the presentation.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony was also presented around the Peace Pole surrounded by friend of WPPS including with Patrick McCullum who played the World Peace violin.

The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole, New Hampshire-USA

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole
By Dot Maver

On Sunday August 27, 2017, 50 local community members and friends from far and wide gathered at The Hill Center in Walpole, New Hampshire for a dedication of a Peace Pole.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow, who also offered an original anthem, honored a re-dedication of The Hill, which had served for many years as Psychosynthesis Education Center, and is now a Peacebuilding Center.

It was also a joyful celebration of 85 years for Tara Stuart, a beloved world traveler and server.

Tara Stuart and Dot Maver

World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow

The Hill Peace Pole

Peace Pals International winner from Romania spots Peace Pole at Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

“May peace prevail on Earth” is an international art contest I keep darling since I was 8 years old and every year I take the chance to learn about peace from different point of views. Peace has become a symbol of my education as I take pleasure drawing human beings living in harmony with nature and animals. This contest nourished human values I will treasure my whole life.

While being invited to Toyota Dream car international art contest ceremony in Japan, I took the chance to visit Kyoto, the former capital of Japan in year 1000, which is home to multiple UNESCO heritage sites.

On my way to Arashiyama bamboo forest, “May peace prevail on Earth” peace pole was standing there like a welcoming bamboo tree.

Peace is a hard learnt lesson in Japan as memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb in Second World War is present in many pictures that can be seen in Kyoto Museum for World Peace. A replica of Guernica, by Picasso is on display here.
As peace starts from within ourselves, many meditation sites are present in zen gardens, water streams and open spaces found in temples like Tenryu-ji, Kinkaku-ji or Fushimi Inari Taisha.

It was a divine experience and I feel blessed to have had it.

Kind regards,
Ada Ciontu

Peace United Church of Christ, dedicates Peace Pole- Elkader, Iowa-USA

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

August-2017, the Peace United Church of Christ-(UCC)- located in Elkader, Iowa, has recently completed its Peace Pole.

Peace UCC began as Friedens Evangelical Church, later became Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church and eventually, Peace United Church of Christ. Friedens, (German for Peace), has helped shape the Church identity since its inception in 1905.

Elkader was named for Emir Abdelkader, an Algerian leader who was Muslim. Elkader is an agricultural county seat in Northeast Iowa, with currently approximately 1250 residents. Elkader’s sister city is Mascara, Algeria. A Peace Pole in a small park area outside of City Hall has a matching Peace Pole in Mascara. Peace UCC is located one block from City Hall, both on Main Street.

Peace UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. The denomination has many firsts to its credit: the first woman ordained to the ministry, the first African American ordained to the ministry, the denomination that stood up in court for those on the Amistad slave ship, the first major denomination to support marriage equality. The list goes on and on, but one key point in the denomination’s history is that one of our ministers was a missionary who helped put the Algonquin tribal language into the written word, resulting in publication of The Eliot Indian Bible (officially: Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God, aka: Algonquin Bible), the first Christian Bible to published in British North America. English Puritan missionary John Eliot produced a translation of the Geneva Bible into the Indian Massachusett language. (Wikipedia)

Many of the members of Peace UCC are from a German heritage. Some are African American, some from European heritage such as Norwegian, Danish. A nearby town called Postville suffered a blow from INS when many Spanish speaking residents were deported years ago, and yet the community deals with the splitting apart of families in 2008. Algerian residents in our sister city of Mascara speak many languages including Arabic and French. Thus our Peace Pole has eight languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, French, Algonquin, and German.

Response to the new Peace Pole outside of Peace United Church of Christ has been overwhelmingly supportive. The white, red and black of the pole are Central Community High School colors, with the school one block away from the Church. The base of the Peace Pole is in silver, the color of all street sign poles throughout the city.

Pastor Jon Haack
Peace United Church of Christ
301 North Main Street
Elkader, Iowa 52043