2016 Season for Nonviolence World Peace Flag Ceremony, New York, NY-USA

April 4th, 2016

March 15, 2016

Educators George S. Anthony and Lindy P. Crescitelli, founders of Stand Up and Lead, organized an outstanding event in observance of the 2016 Season for Nonviolence at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in New York City. In attendance were approximately 500 students from various middle and high schools around the city.

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            George Anthony             Minniejean Brown-Trickey

The keynote speaker was Minniejean Brown-Trickey of the original Little Rock Nine that integrated the first high school in Arkansas in 1957. She recalled her unique experience and how she learned to hold her head up high. Her daughter, filmmaker Spirit Trickey, also spoke about her mother’s remarkable leadership.

Student Monologues on Exclusion

Student Presenter with Gandhi

 

There were wonderful student presentations in music, poetry and prose from six New York area schools, including a brilliant dramatic skit about Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Skit
Rhythm Ensemble from Harlem

Deborah Moldow led a World Peace Flag ceremony with a musical chant sung by students, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation created specially for the day, featuring the event flyer that included the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” A team of young volunteers distributed the flags of all nations. Deborah led the ceremony in call-and-response style, asking the student holding the flag of the country called out to stand, along with anyone from that country. Minniejean Brown-Trickey proudly waved the American flag.

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Deborah also brought a Youth Arts Peace Pole decorated by students at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY to display during the event, hoping to inspire some of the schools to make one of their own.

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There was an inspiring closing speech by longtime WPPS supporter Jennifer Kim of the Peace School in Chicago, who heads the U.N. Education Peace Team with George Anthony, encouraging the students to bring the spirit of nonviolence forward to the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

Jennifer Kim Speaks - with Peace Pole
                                         Jennifer Kim

George Anthony and Lindy P. Crescitelli truly outdid themselves this year, organizing a most inspiring event for the Season for Nonviolence.

George Anthony, Deborah & Lindy Crescitelli
   George Anthony, Deborah & Lindy Crescitelli

Handcrafted Peace Pole in Cobstädt-GERMANY

March 23rd, 2016

April 4, 2014

This unique Peace Pole is located on a little hill outside of Cobstädt called “Field of Dreams.”

Cobstadt, Germany Peace Pole

The top of the Peace Pole shows a peace dove with an olive branch in its mouth. Due to steady wind, the dove was recently dismantled and a new one will be made.

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The 4 languages on the Peace Pole are Esperanto (as the the famous Jacobs pilgrim path is close by and many pilgrims speak Esperanto), French as the organizer loves France, the language of the Runes as the area is a power place and first settlers are recorded 5000 years ago and last but not least, German.

Cobstadt Germany 4 Peace Pole

Peace Pole for Payson High School, Payson, Arizona-USA

March 21st, 2016

March 14th, 2015

On March 14, 2015 a group gathered to plant the lovely Peace Pole we had been given. Four people came from California to be part of the ceremony and most of us had not met before, but immediately felt closely in tune with one another through our mutual desire to build a world at peace.

It was a loving, joy-filled event.

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We wrote prayers to place inside the Peace Pole and then we prayed together.

We were each given a necklace with our name on it, made by a friend. The necklaces were used to greet one another in a special way.

The Peace Pole is planted in a container for now. When school resumes in the fall, the Peace Pole will be planted in the ground at Payson High School with prayers written by the students placed inside.

We are looking forward to the students’ participation in this event.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Marcena R. Brook

Peace Pole in Mexico City, MEXICO

March 7th, 2016

February-2016

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

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My friends set up the Peace Pole in Mexico (Mexico City).

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Submitted by:
Fujio Hirano
Japan

Students take themes from Peace Education to design Peace Poles-Hudson Middle School, Hudson, Ohio-USA

March 1st, 2016

Friday, May 22, 2015

We had a Peace Pole dedication ceremony at Hudson Middle School. The event took place in the Middle School courtyard. The 30 minute student-led program was televised throughout the school for all to view.

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Ohio State Representative Kristina Roegner, Hudson City Councilmen At-Large William Wooldredge, district administrators, teachers, parents, and students celebrated this monumental moment.

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We learned about the Peace Pole Project during our research to teach a unit about Peace Education, to prepare for International Day of Peace, and to prepare our own Peace Poles. Below is our Press Release about the inspiration for The HMS Peace Project.

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The inspiration for the HMS Peace Project began several years back when a group of HMS teachers attended a Global Institute at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Since that time, Terry Stump, Grade 8 Art Tech Teacher, Richard Kiovsky, Grade 8-12 German Teacher, and Holly Mesmer, Grade 8 Spanish Teacher, procured funds to bring this project to fruition. April 2014, the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) granted the  necessary funds to begin the HMS Peace Project. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, Grade 8 Art Tech and Grade 8 World Language students were involved in a four part process: Part I-Peace Education, Part II-Design, Part III, Implementation, and Part IV-Dedication.

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The project began with a supplemental unit, Peace Education, to build awareness about human rights, the students’ role as ambassadors of peace, and how action is essential to peace keeping. Part II-Design. Students took themes from Peace Education to design the Peace Poles. Part III-Implementation. Students collaborated to create two-dimensional visual thematic designs that conveyed peaceful permanent messages once transferred to three dimensional Peace Poles. Part IV-Dedication. On May 22, 2015, students dedicated their Peace Poles as visual silent reminders for peace to prevail on earth as well as daily in our Hudson Middle School community.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Terry Williams Stump, Grade 8 Art Teacher & Holly Mesmer, Grade 8 Spanish Teacher

See an article and photos below in the Hudson Hub Times:
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LEAVE LEGACY OF PEACE WITH COURTYARD PROJECT
by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: June 7, 2015 12:00AM
http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news%2520local/2015/06/07/middle-school-students-leave-legacy-of-peace-with-courtyard-project

 

Nearly 1000  gathered “United Against Hate-United For Peace”  Sacramento, California-USA

February 29th, 2016

December 19th, 2015

In front of the California State Capitol building, nearly 1000 people gathered from different religious and ethnic backgrounds to express  solidarity, to both condemn the terror attacks in San Bernardino (and Paris), and to also unite against all kinds of intolerance, especially increased targeting of the Muslim community at home and abroad.

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Major Reneé Marie, U.S. Army Reserve Officer and Volunteer Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society, Sacramento, CA shared the Peace Pole for this event.

Media: http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/rally-against-hate-staged-in-sacramento-california/article_072a1054-b573-11e5-a29b-9bee3664bd3a.html

The Peace Pole Garden Project
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The Fuji Declaration at the United Nations in honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week-USA

February 22nd, 2016

February 3, 2016

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Mrs. Saionji joined other distinguished government and U.N. speakers, religious, and heads of international organizations to discuss the importance of interfaith solidarity in ensuring the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The event was organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in partnership with the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.

The heart of her speech was the introduction of the Fuji Declaration, launched in May 2015. She encouraged people in all fields to be part of the Fuji Declaration, to bring forth the divine spark that links all people in unity while encouraging our diversity to shine through.

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As one of the organizers of the event, The High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, invited Mrs. Saionji to join other distinguished speakers to offer innovative approaches to developing a spirit of partnerships among religious communities and the United Nations.

Al Nasser Speaks

The first of two panels addressed interfaith harmony as key to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Remarks were offered by representatives from the Permanent Mission of Jordan, the Observer Mission of the Holy See, UNESCO, American Jewish World Service, and the Ifa Heritage Institute in Nigeria. These speakers offered diverse cultural perspectives, setting the stage for Mrs. Saionji, introduced as the Chairperson of three organizations: The World Peace Prayer Society, Byakko Shinko Kai and The Goi Peace Foundation.

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To open her remarks, Mrs. Saionji called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “a roadmap to a new civilization.” The slides accompanying her presentation showed activities at Fuji Sanctuary in Japan and the planting of Peace Poles around the world. She spoke about the annual Symphony of Peace Prayers organized at Fuji Sanctuary since 2005 which hosted the launch program for the Fuji Declaration in 2015.

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The highlight of her talk focused on the Fuji Declaration encouraging people in all fields to recognize and awaken to the ‘divine spark’ which exists within the human heart for a more sustainable world community. She asked, “What would relationships between religions or governments look like if we all understood that every individual has this divine spark? Could this understanding open the door to a new era of unity in diversity that empowers the work of the United Nations?”

L-R: Deborah Moldow- UN Rep for WPPS, Masami Saionji-Chairperson of WPPS, Victor Kazanjian-Executive Director of URI, Maki Saionji Kawamura-WPPS, Fumi Johns-Stewart-Executive Director of WPPS

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Peace Pole Showings & Sightings-University of Cincinnati Medical Center-Cincinnati-Ohio-USA

February 17th, 2016

January-2016

Good morning! Yesterday I took my Peace Pole to UC Medical Center where I teach meditation to staff and patients (mostly staff attend).

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The Peace Pole represents each of us. Peace begins within. I provide its history and that when each of us brings peace to ourselves, we reflect that back out. We all can feel peace. The Peace Pole is a fabulous physical representation to remind us. Like it, we remind others of Peace when we are peaceful.

I take the Peace Pole to speaking engagements, yoga classes and who know where else? I’m open.
I love how it speaks so well for itself and is spreading the words, May Peace Prevail on Earth. More people become aware of this prayer, are speaking it, being it and purchasing their own Peace Pole.

Blessings,Brenda

Union with the Heart ♡916 – 215 – 4590
In love, laughter & peace with every step

World Synchronized Meditation- James Twyman – WPPS Peace Pole- SYRIA

February 2nd, 2016

February 1st, 2016

 

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World Synchronized Meditation
MIRACLE
Thank you for being part of history

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The Rainbow, the Battle and the Wolves

Today millions of people joined together to claim the reality of peace for all those suffering in Syria, especially the children. Three amazing things happened that I want to share with you, miracles that show us the power of our shared, focused energy and prayers.

The Rainbow

As we drove to the overlook, someone on the bus said “Look at the sky.” We looked out the window and saw a brilliant rainbow that completely circled the sun. It felt like a sign of what was to come. In an hour millions of people would join us energetically, sending their light into the situation in Syria, without judgment. The rainbow meant we were not alone.

The Battle

Hours before we arrived a battle raged just beneath where we stood. Bombs exploded and guns fired at the bottom of the hill just beyond the security fence. It seemed that we were up against more than we anticipated, but then something incredible happened. It was as if the war stopped while we joined together as one. The battle simply ceased, and remained that way through the entire meditation.

The Wolves

Over 100 people from many spiritual paths sat in silence as we were joined by you and so many others. We held that space for 15 minutes, and when I looked at the clock to end the silence, before I said a word, the sound of a single wolf howling just below us echoed through the air, then more until there were dozens of wolves that howled for exactly one minute, and then stopped. It was one of the most incredible things we ever heard.

James Twyman Speaking

This is just the beginning…

In two days we will send out an email with the next step, one that will continue this incredible momentum. My goal is to gather 100,000 people into this tribe that will be ready at a moment’s notice to share their prayers of peace when a world crisis arises. Stay tuned. The fun, and the miracles, have just begun.

One Final Note

I want to thank a group of 11 individuals that showed tremendous courage, and without whom none of this would have happened. As you know, I invited a small group to join me on this adventure, becoming our “on the ground Light Team.” They were spectacular. I wish I had thanked them much more before now, but I want them to know how happy I was to have them with me. They are examples for us all.

James Twyman
503-278-7331
JamesTwyman33@gmail.com
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Huntington Station Action Grant for May Peace Prevail On Earth Mural, Huntington, New York-USA

January 20th, 2016

December-2015

The Huntington Station Business Improvement District (BID) unanimously voted in January-2015 to hire Creative Director Michael Raspantini to create and launch new initiatives for community engagement and local business development.

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Source the Station and Renaissance Downtown  organizations awarded local Huntington artist and Brazilian native Lucienne Pierrera the “Action Grant” to paint a community mural at the Fairground Bazaar entitled, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

MPPOE Mural Huntington Station

The 15 foot x 7 foot mural was painted by community members interested in participating.

Credit Photos: Michael Raspantini