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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.

International Day of Peace observance at the URI Global Staff and Council meeting in Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Friday, September 15th, 2017

On September 15th, 2017, the United Religions Initiative (URI) observed the International Day of Peace with a World Peace Flag Ceremony at our Global Council and Staff meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The event opened with Amb. Mussie Hailu introducing the International Day of Peace video message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres.  URI founder,The Right Reverend William Swing, read The Nuclear Prayer that he originally wrote for our Voices for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle. (The prayer can be found at www.nuclearprayer.org.)

URI UN Team:Victor Kazanjian, Monica Willard, Maria Crespo, and Mussie Hailu

The flags were presented by 80 people from 40 different countries and displayed around a Peace Pole to create a sacred place in the center of our meeting space.   “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was sung together to open, close and to take time to pray together during the ceremony. URI has cooperation Circles in 102 countries, so The World Peace Flag Ceremony connected our meeting to our members and to the UN observance that was also held on September 15th.

URI Trustee Chief Phil Lane used the sacred space as the center to bless the 20 young participants and future generations

 

The Flags after the ceremony at the Peace Pole with Ribbons panels that were held during The Nuclear Prayer

May Peace Prevail on Earth,
Monica

Monica Willard
United Religions Initiative (URI),
United Nations Representative

Together for Peace: International Day of Peace Program at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations – USA

Friday, September 15th, 2017

 

Friday, September 15, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, under the loving stewardship of Rev. Dionne Boissiere for the United Methodist Women, once again hosted a day honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace. Multiple events with a sacred slant took place on Friday, September 15th, beginning with the U.N. webcast of the Secretary-General ringing the Peace Bell at 9:30 a.m.

The World Peace Prayer Society partnered this year with Children of the Earth, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and UNITE, organizations that arranged for a busload of 48 refugee students to attend the United Nations International Day of Peace student observance. Many of these young people from various countries were working for peace in different ways, so we offered to create a program together that would showcase the youth projects and then let the youth lead a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

The program, called “Together for Peace,” was directed by Heidi Tappan. It began with a warm greeting from Rev. Dionne, acknowledging all the programs that day celebrating the International Day of Peace at Tillman Chapel. Diverse students from the UNITE program introduced their impressive projects for human rights, environmental sustainability, youth art, and combatting discrimination, all illustrated by PowerPoint slides.  The student presentations were as follows:

  • Pabitra Bhattarai with her experience with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program as a refugee;
  • Aden Haji with his program Building Blocks to Success at the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington.
  • Sam Cowles with his version of the Climate Reality’s 100% committed campaign and I AM PRO SNOW to combat climate change in the ski communities of Vermont;
  • Olivia LaPierre and her role as an ambassador for Be Zero, a zero-waste organization and role as the chair of the Hartford Committee on Racial Inequity to address racism in environmental activism;
  • Victoria Los talking about their group, UNITE;
  • Audrey Grant and Zymora Davinchi with their photography project, POC: Power of Color, where they share the stories and beauty of people of color in Vermont.

Those in the audience asked questions and expressed their admiration and encouragement.

 

The refugee group then presented a dynamic video called “The Change,” made by students, that invited us all to share in Peace, Connection, and Love.

Refugee students from different countries rose to say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in their native languages.

It was then time for the World Peace Flag Ceremony, which the young people introduced and implemented. Brandon Perdomo, WPPS UN Youth Representative, provided flute accompaniment, while UN Rep Deborah Moldow helped with the country names. The flags were handed to the students with care by Akiko Imaizumi and Reiko Kamozawa. Everyone present prayed for every country in the United Nations, and Deborah was introduced thank everyone and to close the ceremony by presenting the flag of the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group organizer, Laurie Stavrand of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, said, “Thank you so much for all of your help in putting together this event and for all of the work you have done. Our students had a wonderful time and we look forward to working with you again.” Next year, we hope to put this group together with another student group for a lively exchange of peace projects and another beautiful World Peace Flag Ceremony.