Archive for the ‘The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony’ Category

The DMZ October 27th, 2018 at the border of North and South Korea – Live Event

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In celebration of the
live broadcast from the DMZ
October 27th, 2018
Imjingak Peace Nuri Park
at the border of North and South Korea

On October 27th, 2018 an historic live broadcast – ONE KOREA ONE WORLD – took place at the Imjingak Peace Nuri Park, located at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divides North and South Korea. The DMZ separating the Korean Peninsula runs 160 miles long and is approximately 2.5 miles wide. Though the zone is demilitarized, it is one of the most heavily militarized and dangerous borders in the world.

On a crips and clear October day, our call for peace to prevail in the Korean Peninsula and for the world rang out from the border of North and South Korea. The live broadcast of ONE KOREA ONE WORLD harnessed thousands of peace builders the world over to join us in a global synchronized meditation to anchor intentions, affirmations and prayers for a one unified Korea.

James Twyman and WPPS executive director, Fumi Johns Stewart, prepare for the global synchronized meditation for ONE KOREA

Singer-songwriter and peace activist James Twyman, who accompanied WPPS staff and friends from U.S., Scotland and Japan helped us lead the synchronized global meditation for ONE KOREA. The World Peace Flag Ceremony followed featuring students from the local Musan Sueok High School who volunteered to carrying the flags of the world.

The program was filled with focused intentions and deep prayers as the spirit of oneness and goodwill could be felt flowing and merging in, through and around the boundaries between North and South Korea and in our hearts.

It was a truly moving moment to see and feel the enormous compassion and love of the students who carried the spirit of the world in their hands as they called out for peace to prevail in every country on earth and our global family.

At the end of the program, we all gathered together to celebrate our epic event as our hearts were full and our souls fulfilled to know, each and everyone of us made a difference bringing us a step closer to the realization of one peaceful Korea and the vision of one humanity.

A Peace Pole was presented to Musan Sueok High School after the program. High School teacher (right) who runs the Peace Program accompanied the students to the event. Here he is with Mr. Ryu, (left) Secretary General of our local Korean partner, the Korean Organization for the United Nations International Day of Peace standing proudly next to the Peace Pole.

We thank our local South Korean partner the Korean Organization for the United Nations International Day of Peace (KOCUN) and our U.S partners, Humanity’s Team and Unify for their support. We are also grateful to our supporting organizations URI, Won Buddhism UN & Interfaith, Goi Peace Foundation, Pathways to Peace, Gaiafield Project, The Peace School and the Border Peace School.

Watch a short 6 minute version of ONE KOREA  ONE WORLD with footage of preparations leading up to the event created by James Twyman.

Watch the full version of the live broadcast of ONE KOREA  ONE WORLD



World Peace Flag Ceremony at the Burnham School, Washington, Connecticut, USA

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Jim Dugan with the students of the Burnham School

On November 7th, 2018, Jim Dugan of the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, lead a World Peace Flag Ceremony with the students of the Burnham School in Washington, Connecticut.

Jim spoke about the current and future state of our planet, what ties all humans together and thoughts on having a meaningful life in society. Each child then proudly carried a flag from a UN Member State as everyone took a metaphorical trip around our planet and literally shouted “May Peace Prevail on Earth” as loud they could.

In the Spring the Peace Pole in the below photo will be planted on the school grounds with a time capsule inside.

Cathy Colella, the Principle of the Burnham School wrote afterword,
“The World Peace Flag Ceremony was fantastic!  It was emotional, energetic, and enlightening and I still have “happy” tears in my eyes.”

“The flags were amazing, and it was impressive to hear some of our students making connections to specific countries.”

Principle Colella with Jim and the certificate presented to the school stating 10 trees will be planted on the African Continent in the school’s honor

“Our presenter, Jim Dugan, was engaging and inspirational.  He inspired the children to open their minds to the world around them and beyond.  His message of world peace gave hope to all, children and adults, for World Peace in light of our present climate. I could not have asked for a better message to be delivered.”

Cathy went on to say, “As a school community, we wish Peace to all and hope that our little school will continue to send this special message to all we encounter.”
“Laying the foundation of a peaceful world is one of our greatest challenges.”

“Peace always starts in the home, but if we can spread it through our school community and into the lives of others then we have made a difference.”



News and Photographs courtesy of

Jim Dugan

World Peace Prayer Society



International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

Friday, September 28th, 2018

29 September 2018
International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

This International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations celebrated 70 years of the International Declaration of Human Rights. In celebration, a day of programs headed by Civil Society, NGOs, community religious and cultural leaders, and international students celebrated the intercultural world they share. A student delegation from China presented art, music, and elements of Earth as calls for peace and sustainability, as relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Presentation included an ode to the memory of Zhou Enlai as his relatives presented calligraphy to Reverend Dionne Boissiere. The event concluded with a World Peace Flag Ceremony as offered by Brandon Perdomo of the World Peace Prayer Society, with Brittany Anjou providing live piano accompaniment.




Peace Day Party – Times Square, NYC

Friday, September 21st, 2018

21 September 2018
Peace Day Party – Times Square

Paul Sladkus brought to Times Square the annual Peace Day Party, once again honoring the Peace Pole and flags used in the World Peace Flag Ceremony as anchors for calls to peace. Community leaders, dancers, and artists gathered as well as passersby of hundreds of New Yorkers and visitors in the morning of the International Day of Peace.