Rotary Peace Pole at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA Sherwood, Oregon-USA

January 3rd, 2017

Hello,

Here is the Rotary Peace Pole installed 9/24/16 at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA of Columbia Willamette YMCA,23000 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood, Oregon 97140.

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We learned  about the Peace Pole Project through the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair
Peace Committee Member

Peace Pole in Neuburg Germany marks celebration of 30 year “sistership” with SÈTE, FRANCE

January 3rd, 2017

The Bavarian town NEUBURG celebrated 30 years of sistership with SÈTE in Southern France by planting a Peace Pole on September 10th, 2016, with many French guests but also Czek guests as the Czek Republic is another twin town of Neuburg.

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A local carpenter made the Peace Pole (see photo with marked tree) and German local TV featured the event.

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The Mayor declared in his speech that a Peace Pole has been in his mind for quite some time and that the location is perfect, because the local high school students would have to pass the Peace Pole each day on their way to school and  he hopes the message on the Peace Pole shows them that peace and freedom overcome hate.

Report submitted by:
Dagmar Berkenberg
WPPS office in Germany

Founder Goi Centennial Celebration -Fuji Sanctuary, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, JAPAN

December 30th, 2016

Masahisa Goi, author of the universal message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, was born in 1916 in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan.

He grew to love philosophy and the arts and in his mid thirties birthed a great peace movement which a hundred years later still inspire the hearts of humanity.

Centennial sunrise at Fuji Sanctuary

Centennial sunrise at Fuji Sanctuary

To mark the centennial of founder Goi’s birth, a celebration took place at Fuji Sanctuary on November 6th, 2016.   Thousands of people from throughout Japan and abroad traveled to the Fuji Sanctuary to honor the marking of this memorable occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. Saionji, President and Chairperson of WPPS highlighted the program with stories and memories of Founder Goi followed by singing and  a World Peace Flag Ceremony led by children.

World Peace Flag Ceremony

World Peace Flag Ceremony

The festivities continued all afternoon with food and craft booths which was enjoyed by all the attendees.  WPPS hosted a booth to highlight our activities through the years.

WPPS Booth

WPPS Booth

Let us hold the vision of true peace to be anchored and prevail on earth in the next 100 years for this and future generations!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

2016 United Nations International Day of Peace, NIGERIA-AFRICA

December 30th, 2016

It was a great day in Uyo, Nigeria as guest from all walks of life meet together during our peace convocation on the International Day of Peace,  September 21. Thank you for your prayers.

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Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Mojima Etokudo
Nigeria Representative
WPPS

World Peace Flag Ceremony Marks the 2016 International Day of Peace at the United Nations-USA

December 30th, 2016

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

Following the official observance of the 2016 International Day of Peace at the United Nations on September 16th, a dedicated group gathered across the street to send their prayers for peace to every nation of the world.

More than 100 people filled the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations for an event hosted by Chaplain Dionne Boissiere of the United Methodist Women and organized by the World Peace Prayer Society and the United Religions Initiative.

Included among the participants was a busload of youth brought to the International Day of Peace observances from Vermont by Children of the Earth. These young people, many of whom are refugees from various countries, came to the event directly from a luncheon visit to the Mission of the United States, where they were greeted by Amb. Samantha Power.

Rev. Boissiere opened the event with a warm welcome that reiterated her commitment to opening the chapel to the International Day of Peace each year. Deborah Moldow, Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society, serving as M.C., began by introducing Monica Willard, Representative to the United Nations for the United Religions Initiative. Monica read the URI’s moving Nuclear Prayer in the spirit of the International Day of Peace. She also spoke about some of the inspiring events planned to take place for the International Day of Peace on September 21st all over the world.

Interfaith filmmaker Ruth Broyde Sharone next told the touching story of the Israeli Palestinian Women’s Peace and Healing Quilt, which was displayed behind the chapel altar. A brief video explained this joyful vehicle for healing and peace in the Holy Land.

Peace Quilt with Ruth Broyde Sharone, Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Monica Willard (Photo: David Willard)

Peace Quilt with Ruth Broyde Sharone, Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Monica Willard (Photo: David Willard)

Deborah then explained the World Peace Flag Ceremony, in which all present would participate, raising the flag of every Member State of the United Nations – the very same flags that had been lifted by students at the Peace Bell as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rang it that morning for the final time in his administration. She demonstrated how each participant would announce the country name and present the flag.

Sasha Reed, Deborah Moldow, Patrick McCollum (Photo: Patrick McCollum)

Sasha Reed, Deborah Moldow, Patrick McCollum
(Photo: Patrick McCollum)

 

Sasha Reed (Photo: David Willard)

Sasha Reed
(Photo: David Willard)

Deborah then introduced Rev. Patrick McCollum to tell the story of the World Peace Violin, hand crafted to contain fragments from around the world from places of conflict that had been healed. Patrick introduced Ms. Sasha Reed, a beautiful young violinist who would accompany the ceremony with her transcendent music.

The flag distribution team of Brandon Perdomo, the WPPS Youth Representative to the UN, Yuji Hiraiwa, Akiko Imaizumi, and Dr. Joni Carley took their places, and the World Peace Flag Ceremony began.

(Photo: Patrick McCollum) 

(Photo: Patrick McCollum)

 

(Photo: David Willard) 

(Photo: David Willard)

As the music of peace flowed from the World Peace Violin, people of all ages and many nationalities took turns praying for peace to prevail in each country as its flag was raised. From time to time, Deborah sounded the World Peace Bell made from recycled weapons of war and everyone paused to proclaim, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” The World Peace Flag Ceremony was a profound experience, as the chapel filled with everyone’s prayers from the heart.

Two of the students from Vermont, Johnny Strek and Aidan Lodge, posted a report on their UN experience. They wrote:

One of the many powerful parts of the day was the flag ceremony. Taking part in the UN chapel, 196 flags of the world were held up and met with the wish “may peace prevail,” while the world peace violin was played. There is a great deal of conflict in the world that seems to be caused by conflicting ideologies. To be in a chapel in which one’s faith didn’t matter and the hope for peace was sent out to everyone was truly incredible.  

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole for the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery in Lake Oswego Oregon-USA

December 14th, 2016

Date:  May 20, 2016

This Peace Pole is planted next to the patio area at the cemetery at 17401  Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Our Peace Pole was made possible through the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

owner:  Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon President of Board-- Nancy Headlee

Owner: Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon       President of Board– Nancy Headlee

Peace Pole unveiled at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery

Members of the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery board and the Lake Oswego Rotary Club held an unveiling ceremony last week for a new Peace Pole that was recently installed in the cemetery’s patio area.

“This is a memorial to the people who gave their lives,” said Rotary member Linda Brown at the ceremony. “And what they were giving their lives for is a better world.”

The Peace Pole, with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in eight languages, was sponsored by the Rotary Club and stands next to the Veterans Honor Board. It is the latest in a series that have been installed in Lake Oswego in recent years as part of the international Peace Pole Project.

Peace Poles at the Lake Oswego Public Library, City Hall, Marylhurst University and several local schools join more than 200,000 now in place around the world.

International Day of Peace celebration in Zachelmie- POLAND

December 14th, 2016

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On  the 24th of September we had a Peace Pole dedication in Zachelmie; it is near Hotel Chojnik where the regular meetings of Angloville are held (English school with international staff).

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Jacek Kozlovski, WPPS Representative in Poland

Peace Messages from Ise Matsuri, JAPAN

December 12th, 2016

A Japanese WPPS member, Ms. Mitsuko Moroto and her friends have a WPPS booth at Ise Matsuri-( Matsuri is the Japanese word for “Festival”) every year to collect peace messages.

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It’s been going on more than 15 years.

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This year, they collected 96 peace messages for WPPS headquarters in New York (USA) and 345 messages to HIroshima Peace Memorial museum; a total of 441 messages were collected.

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The participants were happy to receive a peace doll bookmark after they wrote their peace messages.

Year after year, there has been an increase with international visitors attending the Festival.

The Ise Matsuri is to celebrate the annual event in Ise shrine, which is the most significant shrine of the Shinto.

Peace Pole in use during an Interfaith service at the First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock, CO-USA

December 12th, 2016
Faith Leaders, Dilpreet Jammu (Sikh), John Adams (Yoga), Jonnette Crowley ( Universalist), Sriram Ganesh (Hindu), Julie Labato (New Age), Len Silverston (Buddhist), Rob White (Christian)

Faith Leaders, Dilpreet Jammu (Sikh), John Adams (Yoga), Jonnette Crowley ( Universalist), Sriram Ganesh (Hindu), Julie Labato (New Age), Len Silverston (Buddhist), Rob White (Christian)

Sriram Ganesh, Sri Venkateswars Hindu Temple

Sriram Ganesh, Sri Venkateswars Hindu Temple

Dilpreet Jammu

Dilpreet Jammu

Nicole Carlson leads closing song with Chuch Kangas (guitar), Tony Molieri (Bass), Jeff Henrickson (Keyboard), Nick Molieiri (Dums)

Nicole Carlson leads closing song with Chuch Kangas (guitar), Tony Molieri (Bass), Jeff Henrickson (Keyboard), Nick Molieiri (Dums)

Joe Charnes, Lecturer in Jewish thought

Joe Charnes, Lecturer in Jewish thought

Rev. Rob White, Senior Pastor 1st United Methodist Church

Rev. Rob White, Senior Pastor 1st United Methodist Church

Peace Pole on Television Show “Shameless”–USA

December 12th, 2016

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There is a television show called “Shameless” and there was a Peace Pole in one of the scenes.
Photographs taken directly as it was being viewed on television screen.

Season 5 / Episode 11
time: 40.40

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

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