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Journey to Peace – Palatine, Illinois-USA

Monday, March 12th, 2018

World Peace Begins Within Ourselves
by Sandy Leitner

About eight years ago, I experienced a great deal of loss in a short span of time and my life changed dramatically.  I was feeling lost and anything but peaceful from within.

But it seemed that the Universe was eager to assist me in finding answers. Through a series of coincidences, I enrolled in the School of Metaphysics and quickly began to learn about what it means to be peaceful from within.

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As my studies progressed, I had the honor and privilege of becoming the Peace Ambassador for my School branch.   Our branch was sorely in need of a new Peace Pole (our organization had collaborated with the World Peace Prayer Society to plant Peace Poles at each of our School branches throughout the United States).

As the Peace Ambassador, it was my responsibility to lead the creation of this new Peace Pole and to engage other students enrolled in the School with this process.  I was determined to make it fun and a great shared experience from which we could all grow and learn.

With the help of the Director at the School, I picked out the wood that we were going to use for the new Peace Pole.  As for our languages, we chose English, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese, simply because of the sheer number of people on the planet that speak them or because we felt that peace was very much needed in the region of the world.

One of the students created stencils so that we could write “May Peace Prevail On Earth” on each of the four sides of the Peace Pole. We purchased a wood burning utensil and, over the next several weeks, the students at our branch were invited to contribute to the creation of the Peace Pole.

As students were engraving the individual letters into the Peace Pole, they were guided to think about what peace means to them, what they can personally do to cultivate peace within themselves in their own lives, and to infuse the Peace Pole with these thoughts.

Aneta Baranek

We also had a book where all who participated could record their peace thoughts.  This added to each student’s mindfulness and connection to the purpose of creating the Peace Pole.

Once all the letters were engraved, it was time to finish with a wood stain and to install a solar cap that would illuminate the Peace Pole at night.   It was now ready to be planted on the lawn in front of the School to be a beacon for peace in our neighborhood!  We held a dedication ceremony to honor the planting of the Peace Pole.

The mindful collaborative effort of all the students was gratifying for each of them, knowing that they were a part of a community that stands for peace.  Each student contributed to creating the Peace Pole and in doing so realized how they could personally bring more peace into their own lives by cultivating an ongoing awareness about what peace means to them and what they need to do daily to bring that about.

Brian Kraichely planting the Peace Pole while his wife, Golbahar Dadyan-Kraichely, and Sandy watch from the stairs.

I personally found the process of completing the Peace Pole extremely gratifying and peace-producing for a multitude of reasons.

First, having all the students involved was a remarkable accomplishment during which I observed how they each evolved as part of the process.

More specifically for me, I feel that I grew exponentially and view myself as a leader now.  I learned the value of asking others for help when needed!  The old pattern of allowing projects to mount up and drain my energy became a thing of the past, which is invaluable to me, adding to my inner-peace and decrease of stress.  I now know myself as someone who completes things no matter how daunting a task may feel!

The Peace Covenant, is a document that was created in a collaborative effort by a group of Doctors and teachers at the School of Metaphysics.

One of the messages within the Covenant that I love most is:
“Peace is first a state of mind. Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.”

I truly believe that every individual that cultivates a practice for producing peace within themselves daily contributes to the world of like-minded peaceful people and the ripple effects of that could eventually lead to world peace!  It starts with the individual, and radiates out from there, to family, workplace, community and so on.

Let’s all do our part to bring peace to ourselves and others every day and watch our world change for the better.  Begin now and learn first-hand that living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.

May peace be with us all ways.  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

 

Sandy Leitner is a Licensed Massage Therapist and resides in Palatine, IL.
She is currently a student, a teacher, and has directed the School of Metaphysics branch in Palatiine.
Sandy is a nature and animal enthusiast and loves biking, hiking and kayaking.

 

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

World Peace Flag Ceremony calls for Peace to Prevail – Spokane, Washington – USA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

May peace prevail” were the words attendees repeated the night of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, in the Hemmingson Center.

On Sept. 21 students one by one added a flag to the spiral during the World Peace Flag Ceremony, hosted by Communities for Justice, Pax Christi and One Peace, Many Paths.

 

“So, we’re doing this this night with honoring all of the flags of the nation,” said Hank Broeckling, co-director at One Peace, Many Paths, adding that they started the ceremony six years before.

Broeckling said the purpose of the ceremony is to connect with other people and nations around the world to “rise above the energy of discord, the energy of dissention,” and move beyond that by sharing energy and love with those around the world.

“We really appreciate the joy that you bring by sharing your time tonight to be here to think about how we come together in a time of such divisiveness,” Kristine Hoover, director of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies said. “And we think about, locally, the challenges that we’re facing with Freeman [high school], when we think about, globally, the challenges that we’re facing with [North] Korea, and yet we remember that we’re all part of the same community together.”

Hoover added the ceremony was an opportunity to take action and demonstrate “the mosaic of the world that we all belong to.”

Sister Anne Bosserman, from Pax Christi, discussed how two years ago, 194 nations signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

These goals focused on issues including poverty, hunger, gender equality, clean water, access to energy, education, economic growth, conservation of marine life, desertification, climate change, inequality and many others.

“These are the global goals for 2030, and Spokane is already accomplishing some of them,” Bosserman said, later reading the summary of the goals found in the preamble of the United Nations global goals along with two other speakers.

Before blessing the ground where the flags were placed, a collection basket was brought out to help raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean area.

During the blessing, attendees joined hands in a circle around the space where the flags would be placed while Broeckling gave the blessing.

“I ask you to know that each one of us is a representative of God this night,” Broeckling said during the blessing. “We are the hands and feet of God in this world and that when we come here we bring with us energy and light and love to do our work.”

Broeckling then asked attendees to give their love and light to bless the ground, “to fill it with light and energy, and to sustain it and lift the energy up,” so it can be carried by the flags to the countries around the world.

Before the start of flag presentation, Joan Broeckling, co-director of One Peace, Many Paths, gave a brief history of the ceremony.

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 

Peace Poles planted in Allentown, Pennsylvania-USA

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The church, Ripple, in Allentown, PA has planted 2 Peace Poles recently in honor of two pastor’s ordinations. 

 

Angela Moyer’s Peace Pole was planted at McKinley Elementary School at 1124 W. Turner St, Allentown, PA 18102 in the fall of 2016. We did not have a ceremony but we use it as a prayer station for our prayer walks.  We learned about the Peace Pole Project from fellow pastors.

Ben Walter’s Peace Pole was planted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where our church, Ripple, gathers on Sunday afternoons. This is at 36. S. 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101. It is also the location of a soup kitchen 3 days/week and a drop in center for the homeless during the winter months. Ben’s Peace Pole was planted on April 30th, 2017.  We had a dedication ceremony on that date.

Angela Moyer, MDiv, OTR/L
1321 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18102
RIPPLE-Allentown, co-pastor
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, occupational therapist

Peace Pals 2016 Winner donates Peace Pole Prize to School – USA

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Avelyn Jing, 5 of the USA, won First Place in her age group in the 2016 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. Avelyn portrayed the theme of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and “Oneness with Diversity” by drawing children from various nationalities dancing together under a rainbow and peace dove, surrounding by flags in hearts.

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Avelyn, who has a passion for art, was inspired by the fun she has dancing and singing with her friends, many of whom hail from diverse backgrounds.

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As part of her prize, Avelyn was awarded a 6-foot Peace Pole which she and her family donated to her school Palo Verde Elementary. Avelyn’s award was announced on February 24th at the school morning assembly and the Peace Pole was recognized as decorated monument for reminding and visualizing peace.

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PBS39 Television at 839 Sesame-rededicates Its Peace Pole on the 2016 International Day of Peace- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society

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Monica Willard, Representative to the United Nations for the United Religions Initiative and longtime Peace Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society, organized a beautiful rededication ceremony for the Peace Pole that had been installed on “Sesame Street” by the PBS television station in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th 2001. This wonderful location is right in front of the famous Steel Stacks that have been preserved as a monument to the steel industry that built the area. It is now a most unusual attraction, including a park-like area where concerts and other festive events are offered.

The event began at 10:00 in the morning with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s International Day of Peace video message played on the outdoor JumboTron over the door of PBS39.

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High school students from the Lehigh Valley Charter Arts choir set the tone with a lovely a capella performance. Introductory remarks about the International Day of Peace were offered by Mrs. Willard, and Deborah Moldow of the World Peace Prayer Society led a moment of silence for world peace.

Tim Fallon, the CEO of PBS39, delivered a warm welcoming speech that acknowledged the Peace Poles around the world that “represent the oneness of humanity’s wish for a world at peace.” Then a representative of Mayor Donchez read a proclamation specially prepared for the PBS39 Peace Pole Rededication.

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Monica welcomed 60 fourth grade students from Donegan Elementary School to raise the flags of all nations one by one in a World Peace Flag Ceremony conducted to a PowerPoint presentation of the countries of the world on the JumboTron screen that had been prepared for the United Nations.

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The Charter Arts Choir concluded the event with another uplifting song of peace. The event was covered by all the local media, calling the attention of everyone in the Lehigh Valley to the PBS39 Peace Pole and the International Day of Peace.

Tim Fallon, Monica Willard, Deborah Moldow

Tim Fallon, Monica Willard, Deborah Moldow

Photos from Lehigh Valley Live online:   Leghigh Valley Live

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Peace Pole crafted at headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society was dedicated by Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, New York-USA

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

April 29th, 2015

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Seventy years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, a delegation of 11 Hibakusha (survivors) from Nagasaki and several other Hibakusha from Hiroshima, visited Brooklyn Friends School to dedicate a Peace Pole, and speak to students about the effects of atomic weapons.  Photo by Mary Frost
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From left) Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry
Truman, shakes hands with Larry Weiss, head of Brooklyn Friends
School.  Photo by Mary Frost

Click link to read  the complete story:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/4/28/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-victims-share-their-stories-brooklyn-students

Jackson Heights Elementary School celebrates planting of Peace Poles – Jackson Heights, New York – USA

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Students at P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights are looking to spread the idea of peace throughout their community.

Danielle Mahoney, a literacy coach at the elementary school located at 34-25 82nd St., has been teaching students about practicing mindfulness and gratitude for the past year.

While attending a weeklong training conference on mindfulness for kids and adolescents in California, Mahoney noticed a “Peace Pole” in a field and thought it would be a good idea to bring the concept back home.

Peace Poles, which have been planted throughout the world, are handcrafted structures that have the message and prayer “May peace prevail on Earth” on each of its four to six sides.

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Mahoney decided to work with one of the third-grade classes she instructs, Jennifer Bayer’s 3-317 class, to have two poles erected outside of P.S. 212 and allow the students to share with the community what they have been learning throughout the year.

“Having these Peace Poles is having to share in the community that regardless of the differences, we can live together and share all the wonderful things about our culture and embrace things and live in a peaceful way,” Mahoney said.

The Peace Poles, which are 7 feet tall and from the organization,  The Peace Pole Project, each feature the message “May peace prevail on Earth” in English, Urdu, Bengali, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. They also include two other messages in English: “May peace be in our communities” and “May peace be in our schools.”

“Words are very powerful and as a literacy coach this is not so far away from our core work,” Mahoney said. “When you read it, hopefully the next step is to have action with your words and thoughts will be in a positive way.”

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During the Wednesday night ceremony, students, who ranged between 8 to 9 years old, also explained to parents and faculty what the Peace Poles are, why they were being planted and what mindfulness is.

“We hope that when people pass they will take a moment to send kind thoughts to all beings on this planet, and focus on the good and peaceful parts of life,” Mahoney said.

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Mahoney added that she has seen that teaching the practice of mindfulness to students has helped them relax more, often using breathing as a tool to cope with difficult times, and also teaches the children how to pay attention to the present moment.

Some students have even tried teaching their parents how taking the time to relax and breathe will help them move forward in their days, according to Mahoney.

“Mindfulness allows us to take the time to respond to situations,” one student said. “We learn not to react to everything that happens. You notice what happens, respond to it and let it go. Mindfulness will help you do that.”

Mahoney also hopes that more schools will consider planting Peace Poles and she even is looking to find a way to plant a pole in Astoria Queens, New York, a community she has called home all her life.

Article written by Angy Altamirano

http://queenscourier.com/jackson-heights-elementary-school-celebrates-planting-of-peace-poles/

Submitted by:  Danielle Mahoney

International Flag Ceremony at College of DuPage – Chicago, USA

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Just a few weeks ago, on an 8 degree fahrenheit November day, Jim Dugan of The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, accompanied by his wife Jackie Eaton, travelled to the College of DuPage, located on the western edge of Chicago, to present the International Flag Ceremony. The event took place in the center of a beautiful campus with several hundred students and numerous school administrators in attendance. For the Flag Ceremony, Jim shared current events that he compiled on every United Nations Member country and Jackie timed the digital presentation on the two large screens. The presentation consisted of slides of each nation showing a world map with an arrow pointing to the nation’s location along with their flag and with the words “May Peace Be In” that nation written across the bottom. Students signed up in advance to carry a flag of their choice and some joined in by choosing a flag during the Ceremony and as Jim came around to each nation, the students shouted the country name and at the end of the region exclaimed May Peace Prevail in that region.

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Everyone in attendance took a trip around our amazing planet, region by region, sharing and learning a little bit about what is happening with our sisters and brothers across the globe. The Ceremony took Jim exactly 2 hours of non stop narration and, during the closing remarks, couldn’t be heard over the public address system as the applause was too loud! An eight language Peace Pole was given to DuPage that will be used at numerous events on the campus, and during the Ceremony, students had a chance to write messages of Peace to go into a time capsule inside the Peace Pole. The eight languages on the Peace Pole were chosen as being the eight most spoken languages on this incredibly diverse campus.

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The College of DuPage has over 26,000 students and David Swope, the Interim Director with the schools Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion emailed Jim after the Ceremony with the following words: “Mr. Dugan, Allow me the opportunity to sincerely express my profound appreciation. The International Flag Ceremony  conducted by The World Peace Sanctuary at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on Tuesday November 18, 2014 was enlightening and edifying in several ways. This Ceremony informed us about issues that exist around the world, in a manner that caused one to have a positive focus on people from all walks of life, all over the world in the same moment of time. Very unique. This Ceremony provided a platform to demonstrate Peaceful Pride in one’s home land, to connect with a place through positive gestures of flag waving and words of encouragement.  World Peace Sanctuary “gets it” – that no matter how different we are or where we come from, we all share humanity as a common thread and at the foundation of human existence, is the need for peace. The Ceremony brought to life that people struggle, succeed, hurt, excel and all the rest. Yet through all of our experiences life is always better, where Peace Prevails. Jim, to the World Peace Sanctuary, keep spreading the message of how cultural diversity makes us rich, intricate and robust as humans. The Peace Pole will stand at COD as an awesome reminder of the rewarding experience we shared at the College and perhaps, in an unselfish way, we are a little better as students, staff and administrators because we took some time to humble ourselves and wish peace for others.  Thank You!