Peace Pole Rededication at Chapel at Croton Falls, New York – USA

October 3rd, 2017

Interfaith Sunday Celebrates International Day of Peace

What an amazing guest graced our Interfaith Sunday on September 17, 2017 celebrating the U.N. International Day of Peace at the Chapel at Croton Falls in Westchester, NY! Kulavadhuta Satpurananda, a delightful master from India of many traditions, shared his wisdom and a meditation and even joined our Peace Pole rededication. We also heard from Muslim Sunera Rahman about the plight of the Rohingya entering her native land of Bangladesh; from Pastor Hans Hallundbaek about the “peace telegraph”; and kirtan music performed by Miriam ‘Sita’ Zernis. It was a joy to celebrate the International Day of Peace with this truly interfaith program.

 

 

 

The Peace Day event, organized by Rev. Deborah Moldow, includes an annual rededication of the Chapel’s Peace Pole, which was planted at the time of Dr. Hallundbaek’s first sermon welcoming the head of the Hudson River Presbytery in 2006, at the suggestion of a mutual friend of Hans and Deborah, Danny Martin. The prayer for peace has become an integrated part of the church’s worship since that time.

Dr. Hallundbaek says:

The planting of a Peace Pole was a natural manifestation of love for life, planet, community, and the recognition of our profound need for Peace in the world. It was also a recognition that the church needed to take a stance.

 “This planting and the subsequent rededications each year, as well as the annual Symphony of Peace Prayer services, are no doubt the single most significant and enduring contributions we, have made to the Croton Falls Chapel and the community.”    

This year once again, people of different faiths gathered around the Peace Pole bearing flags of many nations to affirm the Peace Pole’s universal message: May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole installation in Cancun, MEXICO

September 27th, 2017

 

Recently my friend from Mexico set-up a Peace Pole in Cancun.

May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Fujio Hirano

Peace Pole, Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch-Eastonton, Georgia-USA

September 26th, 2017

Here is  our Peace Pole constructed by middle school students.

It is at our butterfly habitat, a certified Monarch Way Station.

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
419 Oak Street
Eatonton, GA 31024

Peace,
Susan Larson

Peace Pole at Chapel Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, State of New Mexico-USA

September 26th, 2017

Blessing of the Peace Pole at the Chapel of Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

The Retreat Center will be having their Annual Franciscan Festival on September 2,3, 2017 and the Peace Pole will be seen by thousands.

Paz y Bien,
Maria Alvarado

World Peace Flag Ceremony “Peace Sign”-NYC

September 26th, 2017

Photograph submitted by Paul Sladkus-from HuffPost

 

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-USA

September 26th, 2017

Submitted by Kaen Braam Nook

Peace Pole sighting-Peace Pole enveloped by beautiful sunflowers-14th Street, Washington, DC-USA

September 26th, 2017

Peace Pole crafted in Japan was discovered in a residential area of Bronx, New York-USA

September 26th, 2017

International Day of Peace at the Sacramento State Capitol – USA

September 23rd, 2017

September 23rd, 2017

The International Day of Peace event was hosted by The United Nations Sacramento Chapter President, Kate Van Buren on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, California.  Local peace builders and organizations gathered to celebrate this occasion in the spirit of peace and goodwill in the very heart of California.
As part of the opening welcome, volunteer WPPS Peace Representative, Major Reneé Marie, spoke about the universal message of hope and prayer for peace, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” to attendees at the Peace Day Celebration.

WPPS Peace Representative, Major Reneé Marie

 

Following the welcome speeches, Fumi Johns-Stewart and Major Reneé Marie presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony honoring all sovereign nations by invoking the World Peace Prayer as participants placed the corresponding flag cards around the Peace Pole.  Participants held hands in a moment of silence to conclude the ceremony while speaking the Universal Message of hope for Peace, May Peace Prevail On Earth in unison, three times.  It was a very moving community event.

Peace was sent to all sovereign nations on every continent around the world.

 

Peace Builders gather for a group photo with the flags of every nation around the Peace Pole.

 

The Sacramento Chapter of the U.N. led our Peace Walk which concluded the celebration honoring The International Day of Peace.

Photos by Brendan Woolley

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

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