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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.

Student Observance of the International Day of Peace – United Nations – New York – USA

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The United Nations hosted its annual Student Observance of the International Day of Peace honoring the message of the TOGETHER campaign – safety and dignity for all. The event began with an outdoor moment of silence with a ceremonial ringing of the garden’s bell by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which was complimented by a display of nations flags, compliments of the World Peace Prayer Society, held with pride by an international array of students. Honorable guests including S.G. Guterres and Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake then filed into Conference Room 4, welcoming valuable discussions of the Sustainable Development Goals, and hope for a diplomatic future amongst nations, including their leaders and their people. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall offered a stunning testimony to the power of small grassroots efforts in addressing political voices including the pressing issue of our disruption of natural life and the impacts of our collective actions on the climate.

Students presented their own projects to address global issues. From Mater Day (New Jersey) school’s online tool kit to pursue peace in education, to Roots and Shoots, to the international Peace Crane Project, the passionate testimonies of the youth flooded the room with hope and a sense of forward-­‐motion toward a progressive global community. Musical guests (Omnia and Leila) Hegazy gifted attendees with stunning harmonies to original songs of belonging, home, and strength rooted in shared humanity.

We were joined via camera with the United Nations HQ in Bogota, Colombia, who offered stories of peace efforts within the country in the aftermath of a generation-­‐long civil war. Refugee students Saja Almogalli and Wendo Mbilizi presented personal stories of perseverance through struggle, change, and cultural boundaries. They then presented the peace bell, created from melted weapons of war, courtesy of the World Peace Prayer Society, which was rung, followed by a moment of silence, during which time the message “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” was present on the screens visible to the world.

Following this conference, members of the World Peace Prayer Society, Civil Society, and students filled the United Nations Church Center for even more presentations by youth of Vermont, who gathered under an image with the message “Vermont Youth UNITE Together For Peace.” Presentations centered on racial violence and prejudice visible and invisible in our modern world. The youth then facilitated a World Peace Flag Ceremony alongside Rev. Deborah Moldow with use of the flags provided by the World Peace Prayer Society. Youth Representative to the United Nations Brandon Perdomo played variations of the uplifting theme of “Chariots of Fire,” as attendees including members of the NGO community raised their flags in unity for wishes of global peace and harmony.

Universal Spirituality plants Peace Pole in SWITZERLAND

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Universal Spirituality gathering was organized by the Schweiberalp Center of Unity in Villa Unspunnen, Switzerland from 8th to the 10th of September.


The gathering was attended by a group of dedicated peace workers from various cultures and traditions to empower the spirit of spiritual oneness and global harmony.

A Peace Pole was gifted to the Villa by Keiko Ito who traveled from Japan to make the presentation.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony was also presented around the Peace Pole surrounded by friend of WPPS including with Patrick McCullum who played the World Peace violin.

Celebration of the 82nd Birthday of the Dalai Lama-NYC-USA

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

On July 6th, 2017, a Birthday Celebration was held in NYC in honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

The theme was “World Peace through Compassion.”

The event was organized by the The Tibet Fund in New York City.

“Never Give Up”

No matter what is going on
never give up
develop the Heart
too much energy in your country
is spent  developing the mind
instead of the Heart
Be Compassionate
not just to your friends
but to Everyone
Be Compassionate
Work for Peace
in your Heart and in the World
Work for Peace
and I say again
never give up
no matter what is going on around you
never give up
BY His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama”

Staff of The World Peace Prayer Society as invited guests were asked to close the evening’s Program by presenting the World Peace Flag Ceremony.

At the podium, Ann Marie Robustelli & Jim Dugan, WPPS Staff

Together with united hearts and minds, participants were invited to invoke prayers for peace for people in all countries throughout the world.

 

 

Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony at the Fourth Global Forum

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

June 14 – 16 2017

Conscious business leaders from 32 countries traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the Fourth Global Forum hosted by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.  The three day Forum was held June 14th through 16th on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.   The World Peace Prayer Society and sister organization the Goi Peace Foundation were invited to present a Peace Pole and World Peace Flag Ceremony during the Grand Reception which was held on the last evening of the Forum.

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the research, education and practice of flourishing enterprise. Since it’s founding in 2002, The Fowler Center has become the leading edge research and educational institution with the philosophy of “do well and do good” teaching students to become agents of world benefit making a positive impact on society and the natural world. The Center is also an industry leader in the practice of “appreciative inquiry”.

The two and a half day Forum with the theme, Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, started with inspirational speeches by business leaders and educators including billionaire Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, Dr. Peter Senge, senior lecturer at M.I.T., and Dr. Barbara Frederickson known for her theory of positive emotions. 

Throughout the afternoon, the Forum invited participants to breakaway into 7 working groups each led by business partners and their areas of focus.  The overarching task of the Forum was to explore the best of what has been, already is, and could be, full-spectrum flourishing enterprises on the individual, organizational and systemic levels.

The Fourth Global Forum this year inaugurated the first Flourish Prizes, recognizing and awarding 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the final evening of the Forum, the Grand Reception took place  at the open atrium of the Cleveland Art Museum.  Chris Laszlo, faculty research director of the Fowler Center opened the evening by praising the success of the Forum. He then introduced  WPPS, the Goi Peace Foundation and the Fuji Declaration and invited us to lead the Peace Pole Ceremony.   The Peace Pole was then unveiled by Chris Laszlo, Chuck Fowler and Fumi Johns Stewart of WPPS.

Following the Peace Pole dedication, everyone gathered in a circle around the Peace Pole to prepare for the World Peace Flag Ceremony.  A lot of excitement was in the air as attendees picked up flags to carry and send peace to every region of the world.  Each of the business leaders representing 32 countries of the world stepped up enthusiastically to hold the flags of their respective countries.

With one voice and one heart, the symphony of prayers for peace rang out through the Art Museum as participants sent their prayers for peace to prevail in each country of the world.  To close the ceremony, the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, was spoken in all the languages represented at the Forum.

The grand reception ended on a very high note with participants joyfully connecting around the Peace Pole with their flags. Everyone communed as one global family in the spirit of the flourishing enterprise movement committed to becoming agents of world benefit.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

A Symphony of Peace Prayers in Croton Falls, NY – USA

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

World Peace Flag Ceremony-SOPP 2017 Potenza, ITALY

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

 

 

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sottosegretario al governo italiano vito de filippo

 

vito e teri volini

 

dirigente scolastico gallo giovanna

 

bandiera del mondo

 

alzate delle bandiere

 

gruppo finle

Symphony of Peace Prayers at the Chapel at Croton Falls, New York-USA

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The Chapel at Croton Falls held a glorious Symphony of Peace Prayers on Sunday, May 14th, also celebrating Mothers Day. Among the many people who attended were longtime friends of the World Peace Prayer Society, including Dr. Jude Currivan, Monica & Dave Willard, Chris & Amy Farrell, Sara Niccolls, and Kristin Hoffman. A 6-page printed program included information on the Symphony of Peace Prayers in Japan and around the world, a message from Masami Saionji, prayers of different faiths to recite, an introduction to Dr. Jude Currivan, and an announcement of the World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations.

Rev. Deborah Moldow began the Interfaith Sunday by asking Monica Willard to distribute roses to everyone for a special acknowledgement of our mothers. Each person held a rose and called out the name of his or her mother, returning the flowers to the vase, so that all the energy of our mothers’ love would enhance our prayers for peace. She also asked everyone to experiment in taking a “WholeWorld-View,” according to Dr. Currivan’s work, where we would see the prayer not as belonging to other people, but as part of our own great diversity. In the same way, everyone was asked to view the countries represented by their flags not as foreign, but as our children.

We then shared prayers from many traditions, led by various guests with everyone joining in:

Native American – Barbara Morse-LuBell

Sufi – Chris Farrell

Hindu ­– Neela Bhattacharya Saxena

Buddhist – Dana Johnson Boulanger

Jewish – Judyth & Lorin Woolfe (with song)

Christian – Walter Zernis

Monica Leads Muslim Prayer

 

Dana Leads Buddhist Prayer

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Dr. Jude Currivan, who spoke movingly about her own mother, as well as about her work demonstrating how a shift to a “WholeWorld-View,” based on her new book, “The Cosmic Hologram,” can give us an empowering perspective on how to address the critical challenges of our world.

Dr. Jude Currivan

Dr. Currivan had been part of the Symphony of Peace Prayers held at Fuji Sanctuary in 2016 along with Deborah and Monica, celebrating the launch of the Soul of Women campaign. Songstress Kristin Hoffman helped launch the Fuji Declaration with her sublime voice at Mt. Fuji in 2015.

Chris Farrell

Following Dr. Currivan’s inspiring words, all took part in a World Peace Prayer Ceremony, with the flag cards forming a mandala of the world around the base of the Peace Pole. Two elders of the church sat up front with the UN flag and the Earth flag. Each person came forward with several flags, reading each name in turn as all present responded, “May peace prevail in [that country].”

Deborah

During the ceremony, singer/musician Miriam ‘Sita’ Zernis and drummer Fumio Taniguchi of Sita’s Light played an original Kirtan chant based on “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Fumio & Miriam

At the close of the ceremony, the pace of the drumming increased and everyone stood to sing along joyfully.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

International Vigil for Peace & Ecology-Central Park Band Shell, NYC-USA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

September 18, 2016

The annual Vigil for Peace & Ecology, organized by retired U.N. staff member Rev. Susana Bastarrica, was held in Central Park on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and, as always, featured the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various ways. The WPPS flags were present, along with a prominent banner across the front of the stage.

Dileep with Peace Pole

At 12 noon, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, directed participants to form a peace sign holding a selection of smaller flags and taking a Minute of Silence, followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

The lively day-long event included choirs, traditional Chinese, Mexican, and Korean dances, and a Japanese Butoh performance by WPPS Youth Representative to the United Nations, Brandon Perdomo.  Brandon and fellow dancer Allysa Oliver were in front of the stage, moving and dancing with 50lbs of sacks of rice each, accompanied by a live cellist and percussionist on stage.

VigilFlagCeremony

Toward the close of the day, the park guards asked the event to close down early, just as a Beatles tribute band was setting up. Miraculously, Rev. Deborah Moldow managed to secure one of the band’s microphones and have the large flags distributed among the crowd just in time to conduct a brief but heartfelt World Peace Prayer Ceremony! (Unfortunately, the band did not get to play.)

12 Noon Photo by Michele Risa

Central Park readied New York City for the International Day of Peace three days later by echoing the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”