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

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.

May Peace Prevail on Earth International 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

World Peace Flag Ceremony “Peace Sign”-NYC

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Photograph submitted by Paul Sladkus-from HuffPost

 

World Peace Prayer Society Brings It All Together in Washington DC – USA for IDP

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

As part of The World Peace Prayer Societies participation in numerous International Day of Peace 2017 events, Jim Dugan, Manager of The World Peace Sanctuary in New York, presented a United States Flag Ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Monument in Washington DC as a highlight of the “March to Restore Civility” created by Ken Nwadike and the Free Hugs Project. This is the same spot that Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream “ speach. Speakers from varied backgrounds included Sargent Tommy Norman who is a Positive Police Practices Specialist from the North Little Rock PD along with other nationally known Police Officers, Native American Activist Eryn Wise, Daryl Davis (African American Activist who built bridges with Ku Klux Klan members), International Peace Educator Dr. Arthur Romano, Bobby Seale (Founder  of the Black Panther Party) and many many others. The US Flag Ceremony included the US Territories and the Indigenous Unity Flag.

L to R, Jim Dugan and Sally Damon. Photo from C-SPAN

You can watch the entire event, all the speakers and Flag Ceremony here on the C-SPAN website. C-SPAN broadcast the entire rally (the Flag Ceremony is at 1 hour and 6 minutes in part 1):
https://www.c-span.org/video/?434436-1/march-civility-rally-part-1
https://www.c-span.org/video/?434436-101/march-civility-rally-part-2
Here is a short video on the event and the featured speakers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjnSJE-aPg

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.