UN Flag Dedicated with Peace Prayers-May Peace Prevail On Earth! Middletown, CT-USA

December 9th, 2015

 

October 23, 2015

Reverend Julia Burkey

Rev. Julia Burkey asked the WPPS Representative to the United Nations, Rev. Deborah Moldow, to take part in a special evening at the First Church of Christ in  Middletown, CT on October 23rd.

The occasion was twofold: a magnificent concert by the Paul Winter Consort and the dedication of a United Nations flag on the eve of the UN’s 70th anniversary.

Paul Winter’s presence was perfect. Not only is he a cherished member of the World Peace Prayer Society’s Founding Advisory Board, but he was also invited by WPPS to play his uplifting music for an interfaith ceremony during the first event ever celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week in the UN General Assembly hall in 2012.

Paul Winter with Eugene Friesen

Paul Winter with Eugene Friesen

After the first half of the concert, Rev. Burkey welcomed Deborah to the stage along with Dr. Sergei Kambalov, a retired UN staff member who had been instrumental in developing the UN Global Compact for businesses, as well as serving as ECOSOC liaison to the community of religious NGOs. Dr. Kambalov outlined some of the achievements of the UN, as well as some of its challenges. Deborah then spoke about the presence of the World Peace Prayer Society among the NGO community at the UN. She said, “the UN flag belonged in a church as a symbol of international unity, suggesting that when Jesus asked us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he didn’t mean to leave anyone out.”

Reverend Deborah Moldow

Reverend Deborah Moldow

Deborah asked those gathered to take a moment of silence, putting their prayers into the flag so they would radiate out to all the nations united. Then everyone said three times together, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Two Peace Poles erected to express our world’s vision, during these disturbing times, Boulder, Colorado-USA

December 9th, 2015

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015

I feel privileged to let you know that I have secured in the ground the two Peace Poles I purchased from The World Peace Sanctuary a few weeks ago.  On Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 ( the day before the attack on Paris), we were blessed to set the two Peace Poles at my office, 2346 Broadway Boulder CO 80304.

A wonderful crew from my landscaper dug the hole and set the Peace Poles in cement. Several health/healing practitioners were present and we shared a few words of acknowledgement and intention for the ceremony.

Thank you for allowing us to express our world’s vision, during these disturbing times.

I feel blessed.

With appreciation and gratitude,
Anne Virginie Hanks
Mountain Air Physical Therapy, PC
2346 Broadway , Suite 1
Boulder CO 80304

New York Senator, Sue Serino graciously accepts Desktop Peace Pole-New York-USA

December 8th, 2015

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Senator, Sue Serino with Ann Marie Robustelli, The World Peace Prayer Society

 

Yoga for Peace-at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

December 7th, 2015

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Hatha Yoga –a breathing and movement exercise in union with the Mind, the Body and the Spirit!   May Peace Prevail On Earth!

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First offered in May-2012, with ongoing classes held every Monday at 4:15 p.m.   Classes take place at The World Peace Sanctuary.

For more information, please contact: Ann Marie Robustelli:   annmarie@worldpeace.org

 

Twenty Peace Poles awarded, an initiative of the United Way of Broward County and the School Board of Broward County, Florida-USA

December 2nd, 2015

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We would like to let you know that for the 2014-15 school year the initiative Choose Peace/Stop Violence, a collaboration by United Way of Broward County and the School Board of Broward County, Florida, gave six WPPS Peace Poles to our local schools in recognition of their work towards a community that honors  peace, cooperation, tolerance and  positive change. To date, we have given away 20 WPPS Peace Poles in our school district since the initiative was founded in 2010. Many schools rededicated their Peace Poles during our county-wide Peace Week celebrations (Sept. 21-25)

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Glades Middle School, Miramar, FL (Planted in December 2014)
Cooper City Elementary, Cooper city, FL (Planted in May in 2015)
Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL (Planting schedule TBA)
Ramble Wood Middle School, Coral Springs, FL (Planting scheduled for December 2015)

Silver Shores Elementary, Miramar, FL
McNicol Middle School, Hollywood, FL
Silver Shores Elementary and McNicol Middle School held their Peace Pole planting ceremony on Sept. 25th

Over a 150 schools from our district are participate in our Choose Peace Week celebration and engage in global activities such as CHALK4PEACE, a  sidewalk painting festival that happens at 400 sites worldwide every September in an effort to bring together communities to spread messages of inspiration and visions of peace.

Here is a list of all 20 locations that we have awarded Peace Poles throughout the years:

2010-2011

Charles Drew Elementary School, Pompano Beach, FL

2011-2012

Griffin Elementary School, Cooper City, FL
Sunrise Middle School, Sunrise, FL
Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School, Coconut Creek, FL

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2012-2013

Beachside Montessori Village School, Hollywood, FL
Everglades Elementary School, Weston, FL
McFatter Tech. High School, Davie, FL

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2013-2014

Castle Hill Elementary School, Lauderhill, FL
Dania Beach Community Project, Olson Middle School, Dania Beach Elementary, Collins Elementary, Dania Beach, FL
Deerfield Beach Elementary School, Deerfield Beach, FL
J.P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs, FL
Bair Middle School, Sunrise, FL
United Way of Broward County, FL ( Not planted yet, due to construction)
Broward County School’s Dept. of Diversity, Prevention and Intervention, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Taravella HS

2014-2015

Glades Middle School, Miramar, FL
Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines, Pembroke Pines– Entry by Melanie Hosein-Find (Mrs. Arboleda’s class)
Ramble Wood Middle School, Coral Springs –Sergio Prieto and Javeline Taylor (Mrs. McKinstry’s Class)
Silver Shores Elementary, Miramar, FL
McNicol Middle School, Hollywood, FL
Cooper City Elementary, Cooper City, FL

Beachside Montessori

The IMAGINE PEACE WISH TREE PROJECT which is inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1,000,000 international “Imagine Peace Tree” project which is installed in public spaces around the world including the International Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands. Invited guests and passersby are invited to write a peace wish on a white tag to hang in a special tree on display. Peace wishes are collected and mailed to the Imagine Peace Tower, in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Thank You.

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Anita de Jong – Fraley l Coordinator, Community Relations & Media
United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse
http://www.drugfreebroward.org/ –  http://www.choosepeacestopviolence.org/
Ansin Building, 1300 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
afraley@UnitedWayBroward.org
Direct: 954.453.3727     954-462-4850 ext. 4850     Fax: (954) 462-4877

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World Peace Flag Ceremony at The Parliament of World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah- USA

December 1st, 2015

October 17th, 2015

People slowly gathered in the foyer of the Civic Center at 7:00 on the morning of October 17th,  to participate in the World Peace Flag Ceremony which was presented during the 5 day Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Flag cards were held high by all in attendance calling forth for “peace to prevail” in every nation on earth.

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Each participant placed their flag card after the prayer creating a mandala around the Peace Poles creating a tapestry of world flags at the end of the program.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Yuka Saionji speaks at Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah-USA

December 1st, 2015

October 15-19th, 2015

Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions.  It was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

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The Parliament is organized every 5 years in various parts of the world. WPPS has participated in previous Parliament of the World’s Religions events which have taken place in Barcelona, Cape Town and Melbourne.  This year the Parliament took place in Salt Lake City from October 15th through 19th.

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The First Inaugural Women’s Assembly, Women’s Initiative for Global Advancement was launched at the Parliament on October 15th with special programs devoted to women, religion and spirituality.   Yuka Saionji  joined other noteworthy speakers to share religious and spiritual inspirations for women’s empowerment.  Other speakers included Dr. Vandana Shiva, Kiran Bali, Terry Tempest Williams and Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina. Interfaith prayers were offered to open the session by Karen Neilson Anson, Maysa Kurge and Kusumita Pedersen.

Video of Women’s Assembly:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/p7yeitbqb8qf0do/Yuka-PWA-10152015.MOV?dl=0

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Speakers and presenters at the Womens Initiative for Global Advancement with their desktop Peace Poles. From left to right: Paysa Kurge, Kusumita Pedersen, Karen Neilson Anson, Bishop Barbara King, Kiran Bali, Aisha Al-Adawiya and Yuka Saionji

Later that day, Yuka joined a panel of speakers to discuss peacemaking along with Dr. Samani Chaitanya Prajna and Nam Hee Kim. The discussion focused on the theme, Women as Global Peacemakers.

Video of Panel: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/75576861

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The following day, participants from various faith traditions joined the World Peace Flag Ceremony to further the anchor the universal message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

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Nine Peace Poles dedicated in Loving Memory of  Ruben Lopez, ‘Killed In Action’ in Kandahar, AFGHANISTAN

December 1st, 2015

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This Peace Pole is at the home of Gloria Estrada in Williams, California.

This Peace Pole was placed in honor of  Mrs. Estrada’s son, Ruben “Boy” Lopez, ‘Killed In Action” on August 10, 2012, in  Kandahar, Afghanistan.

These are Ms. Estrada’s four beautiful grandchildren.

Gloria Estrada purchased and dedicated a total of nine Peace Poles, to include:  one for each of her four daughters, one placed at three local schools and one placed at the local Post Office.

May Peace Prevail with Humanity!     May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Submitted by:  Renee Marie, WPPS, Peace Representative

Keeping Alysun Shining Peace Pole project-St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church and School in Encino, Los Angeles, California-USA

November 24th, 2015

September 28th, 2015

Over the weekend, one of our Peace Poles was placed on our parish& school grounds (St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church & School) in honor of Aly Panichi.

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Our priest, Fr. Mac, blessed the Peace Pole with me, my Mom, and my husband James in attendance.   We have already started to see many people walking up to it and smiling!  Lots of questions about what the Peace Pole is and so many happy to see it placed there  (especially the week that Pope Francis was on US soil).  As one of Aly’s songs was the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”), the Peace Pole being planted while the Pope was here and leading into Aly’s birthday, we look toward any sign that Aly is watching over all of us…we saw a little of that in these past few days.

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I would trade anything to be celebrating my sister’s birthday with her tomorrow.  It’s a bittersweet honor to have this Peace Pole placed for generations to come at our parish home & my kids’ school for all to see.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Love,
Keri Flint

Peace Pole planted at Dexter Ave Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama-USA

November 16th, 2015

Dexter Ave Baptist Church was Dr. Martin Luther King’s congregation in Montgomery, Alabama.
The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.

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A Peace Pole stands outside this historic place centering our thoughts and reminding us that we all work for Peace.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!