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

Peace Rep Mojima Etokudo Celebrates IDP, Obong Ntak, Etim Ekpo, Nigeria

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The Right to Peace, Nigeria’s celebration of the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2018

Peace Representative Mojima Etokudo of Nigeria worked with the World Peace Prayer Society in organizing this year’s International Day of Peace celebration.

Mojima writes:

The annual World Peace Day was held on September 21 at Obong Christian High School, Obong Ntak, Nigeria with the theme “The Right To Peace”

A keynote address was delivered by the Nigerian Peace Representative Mr Mojima Etokudo while Mr Joseph Boaz delivered a lecture on the theme of the years event.

Peace Representative Mojima Etokudo delivering a keynote address

The event took place at Obong Christian High School in the presence of prominent government leaders, community representatives, teachers and local citizens. 

The Principal of Obong Christian High School Mr Esang Akpanudo in his welcome address thank the United Nations and the WPPS team for considering his school a hosting right.

Ambassador Effiong Udoekong read the UN Secretary General Mr Antonio Guterres Address while Mrs Chioma Akpanudo read the WPPS Executive Director Fumi Johns Stewart address.

The Right to Peace proudly displayed at this years IDP celebration on 9/21/18

Peace Rep Mojima Etokudo (third from left) with honored guests

Mojima states, “Let’s pray for peace in war torn areas. Say NO to war and inequality. But YES to Peace.  May Peace be in our Homes and Communities. May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

A World Peace Prayer Ceremony was the highlight of the event were the Obong Christian High School students raised the Flags of the 192 UN member countries as was directed by the Nigerian Peace Representative and prayers was offered by all for each of the country and the universal prayer for peace “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was recited by all.

Obong Christian High School students raised the Flags of the 192 UN member countries

A Peace song I composed entitled “O God of Love, Oct King of Peace” was sung by all.

A token of Exercise Book, Pen, and Pencil was donated to the students.

The event was attended by Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, Members from the academia, Political class, Students and members of the press.

 

Children preparing for the World Peace Prayer Ceremony

Students of Obong Christian High School participated in the Peace Day event

Mojima reported “It was great to serve, working with students who are the future leaders of our world.”

 

May Peace Prevail in Nigeria, May Peace Prevail on Earth.

  News of the event and pictures provided by

 Mojima Etokudo,

Nigeria Peace Representative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flag Ceremonies,Talks of Peace and WPPS, Palestine-Israel

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

In the week of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement (forgiveness and repentance), eight women representing the WPPS, from Japan, France and the UK, visited Palestine-Israel to offer encouragement to those working for peace.

This land, essential to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has suffered millennia of conflict

“It was a good learning environment, the kids looked happy, and, for me, it was a chance to be with beautiful Arab women, powerful women.”

Despite underlying tensions, people continue with their lives. They may be manipulated to fear the ‘other’, but, as we discovered, community-by-community, ordinary people are doing their bit to promote peaceful relations.

At the Tur’an Elementary School, the teachers are integrating education with the local community. Not only are they celebrating their Arab cultural roots, but, through an art project, are collaborating with the nearby Jewish and Christian schools. Striving for coexistence, multicultural discourse and universal values.

“All the children ran to be in the photograph with the Palestinian and Israeli flags – peace in their land is really important to them.”

The children joined in our Flag Ceremony. Each took a flag and, continent-by-continent, they came to the centre of the circle and we appealed for peace in each country of the world, ending with the Middle East

The Ein Shemer Kibbutz, two hours north of Tel Avi

At The Ein Shemer Kibbutz, two hours north of Tel Aviv, we met “Seeds of Peace”, motivated and influential Israelis working for conflict resolution, not just in Israel-Palestine, but also around the world.

“We had a one-hour Soul of WoMen (SoWM) workshop. We talked about the Fuji Declaration and the need for balance in our societies, that we don’t know what the outcomes should be, but SoWM offers a ‘think tank’, and we’re developing ‘tools’ for people to use everyday.”

How were these Israelis inspired by Soul of WoMen? Some of their thoughts were: Mother Earth. Giving hands. Soul. Harmony. Accept each other. Love. Hope. Communities. Smile. Acknowledge the other. Empathy. Peace.

“We had a one-hour Soul of WoMen (SoWM) workshop. We talked about the Fuji Declaration and the need for balance in our societies, that we don’t know what the outcomes should be, but SoWM offers a ‘think tank’, and we’re developing ‘tools’ for people to use everyday.”

How were these Israelis inspired by Soul of WoMen? Some of their thoughts were: Mother Earth. Giving hands. Soul. Harmony. Accept each other. Love. Hope. Communities. Smile. Acknowledge the other. Empathy. Peace.

“Together we planted a Peace Pole, and, in support of the peace march: “Women Wage Peace”, happening in Israel whilst we were there, we sang “We Shall Overcome” at the end.”

Peace Pole planting at Ein Shemer Kibbutz with Seeds of Peace

Our last visit was to Kafr Qasem, a village that suffered a huge massacre of women and children, in 1056. We held a Symphony of Peace Prayers with Sheikh Raed Badir, representing the Islamic community and Eran Dubovi representing Jewish communities sharing prayers from each religious community.

Flag Ceremony at Kafr Qasim

At the following Flag Ceremony, Eran Dubovi held the Palestinian flag and Sheikh Raed badir held the Israeli flag.

The Kafr Qasim Massacre occurred on October 29, 1956. The tensions between Israel and Palestine are still apparent, the significance of this Flag Ceremony with shown flags held together gives hope for the future.

“Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary progress towards permanent peace.”

 

News, Events and Photos Credited to Liz Maclay

Allanton Peace Sanctuary

Dumfries, Scotland.

The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated their 17th anniversary, at Central Park NYC

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

THE VIGIL for PEACE & ECOLOGY

Sunday, 16th of September 2018

NYC Central Park, Bandshell

On the 16th. of September 2018, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm,The Vigil for Peace & Ecology celebrated the 17th annual anniversary since its inception at the 9/11 site in 2001.

 

We wish to thank everybody from the fullness of our hearts to all our friends and colleagues, and all those who are committed to World Peace.

 

We were so proud to display and wave once again the wonderful International Flags from the World Peace Prayer Society which hold a special meaning to me, since we celebrated the first time together in 1996 at the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

 

Rev. Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard were the first ones to join me and our friends with James Cannings in Central Park on the day of our initial launch on the 21stof September 2002.

 

MISSION: The Vigil for International Peace is a transformational, grassroots effort dedicated to promulgate peace through participation in art, song, dance, music, prayer and ceremony. The purpose of this Vigil is to awaken humanity to harmony and peace through the power of intent and celebration. Our vision is to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve divinity alignment and recognize the oneness in all

 

UN Resolution 55/282: “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. This Resolution was based on Res.36/67 of 1981

 

Once again we all wish to thank our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

In this period of global uncertainty, we thank you for participating in this vision to bring lasting peace to all the peoples of the world.

 

Greetings and Blessings

Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Founder/ Coordinator

Dalai Lama 83rd Birthday Birthday Celebration – NYC – USA

Friday, July 6th, 2018

6 July 2018

Celebration of the 83rd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama For World Peace Through Compassion
Gaia Holistic Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide, The Tibet Fund

Another celebration of H.H. The Dalai Lama at the Marriott Essex House of New York City brought together spiritual leaders and students of philosophy, familiar colleagues and new friends, representatives of peace organizations, and students and civil society for a night of prayer, music and dance, and food. Six religions were represented – First Nations by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Buddhist by Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki, Christian by Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Jewish by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Islam by Sahar Alsahlani, and Hindu by Ravi Vaidyanaat Šicachaãriar.

Awards were granted within the theme of “World Peace Through Compassion” to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, and the Humanitarian Award to Rita Cosby. Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society, who led the annual Flag Ceremony for World Peace, concluded the event with prayers to every nation of the planet and their peoples.

 

 

 

World Peace and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival 2018

Sunday, June 17th, 2018
The Clearwater Festival is a music and environmental festival that is America’s oldest and largest festival of its kind. It is held annually at Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson River. The Festival features music and storytelling all run on seven sustainable bio-diesel powered stages for the 15,000 attendees. The Festival was founded in 1966 by American Peace Activist, singer songwriter and musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi who was a film maker and environmental activist. Pete, who passed away in 2014, was a dear friend of May Peace Prevail on Earth and was often seen with a Peace Pole while educating people on the costs of war.

Jim Dugan with American Sign Language Interpreter explaining the World Peace Flag Ceremony to the gathering crowd.

Jim Dugan, from the New York World Peace Sanctuary, has gone to the Festival for many years setting up a booth in the “Activist Area” to share our work and has been leading a World Peace Flag Ceremony each day of the Festival. This year we were thankful for the help of World Peace volunteers Carol Winters, Jackie Eaton, Sally and Andrew Damon, Haley Woodard, David Brann and Cynthia Sibusisiwe Shumba UN staff member from Zimbabwe, along with Festival provided American Sign Language Interpreters who completely signed each of the Flag Ceremonies.

Festival attendees picking out the flag they want to carry during the Ceremony.

The World Peace Prayer Society is proud to have been a part of this amazing festival for many years now and we look forward to many more years of involvement. Please look online for more information about the Clearwater Festival or on Pete and Toshi Seeger.

— Photo Credits: Haley Woodard and Andrew Damon

Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole dedications honoring The World Interfaith Harmony Week – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Representatives of various faith traditions, visionaries, musicians and artists from around the world came to Ethiopia, “Land of Origins”, to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week from 31 January until 7 February 2018.

The week began with a Unity Earth sponsored U-Day Festival – Convergence of Fire.  The two day spiritual retreat and opening ceremony of the U-Day Festival was held in sacred Lalibela where a ceremony to light the Torch of Peace, the Torch of Unity and the Torch of Compassion was presented in the presence of global spiritual and religious leaders, change-makers and musicians.

The highlight interfaith event took place on February 2nd in the Plenary Hall of the African Union Commission building under the theme, “Interfaith Cooperation to Promote a Culture of Peace, Harmony and Human Dignity.”  It was a most auspicious location as members of the African Union Peace and Security Council meet here on a regular basis to negotiate resolutions and programmes which affect the lives of millions of people on the African continent.

The African Union Commission Plenary Hall

Graced by the presence of H.E. Dr. Mulatu Theshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as well as His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Mrs. Amira ElFadil, nearly four hundred international religious, spiritual and cultural leaders and change-makers joined this official World Interfaith Harmony Week event to advocate how peaceful coexistence among religions and spiritual traditions fosters a sustainable and harmonious planet.

President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia delivers opening remarks and joins the moment of prayer to commence the program.

Prayers from various faith traditions were offered to open the program followed by the message “Treat others the way you want to be treated” coined in the Golden Rule read from different holy books by representatives from the Christian Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikh, Bahaï and from the indigenous native American, aboriginal and maori traditions.

Greetings and prayers were offered by His Holiness Abune Mathias (left), Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Shieikh Muhammed-Amin Jamal Omar (middle), President of Ethiopia Islamic Affairs Supreme Council.

Inspirational messages from dignitaries were delivered for this auspicious occasion including a message from Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The Goi Peace Foundation and The World Peace Prayer Society which was read by Mr. Patrick U. Petit, representative of The Goi Peace Foundation.  In his message, Mr. Saionji stressed that the ‘divine spark’ inherent in each human being and in all living things is our common source of existence. He called upon and reminded participants to help igniting the divine spark in humanity’s consciousness in order for lasting peace and harmony to prevail on Earth.

Patrick Petit – Goi Peace Foundation

The World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented by Fumi Johns, Executive Director of WPPS as a grand finale of this auspicious event at the African Union Commission Headquarters.  Participants joined in prayer by offering their hearts and minds for peace to prevail in each single country while young Ethiopians carried with pride and dignity the respective flags of all the nearly 200 countries of the world. An atmosphere of oneness with diversity filled the room. Participants were ecstatic and deeply moved by the energy of oneness as the Flag Ceremony came to a dramatic close in the presence of all the member flags of the African Union.

Once the Ceremony came to a close and while the room was filled with a vibrating spirit of joyful unity, a Peace Pole was presented to the people of Ethiopia and to the African Union Commission followed by a series of desktop Peace Poles presented to religious and cultural dignitaries present at this commemorative event.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week event at the African Union Commission Headquarters was facilitated and orchestrated by H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, WPPS Peace Representative in Ethiopia and Representative of the United Religious Initiative to Africa and to the African Union Commission, who worked tirelessly to make this special event happen, and to whom we would like to cordially express our deepest gratitude and respect.

May peace be in Ethiopia
May peace prevail on earth

Cub Scout World Peace Flag Ceremony, LaGrangeville, NY-USA

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Cub Scout World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Jim Dugan, WPPS
February 26, 2017
LaGrangeville, NY

Girl Scout World Thinking Day, Yorktown Heights, NY-USA

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

On February 22nd, 2017, Girl Scout World Thinking Day was held at the Jefferson Valley Mall in
Yorktown Heights, NY.

Jim Dugan, WPPS led a traditional World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Then each Girl Scout chose a flag to carry and parade around the entire mall.

 

Fulton – Montgomery Community College extended WPFC-USA

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

November 13, 2017
Johnstown, NY

Jim Dugan led an extended World Peace Flag Ceremony that took over two hours where he delivered an important and timely fact about every Nation in the Inclusive Ceremony. Students signed out to carry specific country flags in advance.

Gwendolyn Ossenkop, Coordinator of Student Activities at Fulton-Montgomery CC wrote:

“The World Peace Flag Ceremony was an eye opening experience for me and our students on the struggles that others in the world face. What a beautiful representation of the diverse student body we have here on campus. It truly reminds us that we are together in this world! MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!”

“ World Peace Prayer Ceremony” held in Art Gallery in Potenza, ITALY

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Happy Holidays from ITALY!

We held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony in the Galleria Idearte De Lo Re Grazia in Potenza, Italy.

Submitted by:
VITO PALLADINO