Peace Pals at the 67th DPI/NGO Conference at the United Nations

August 24th, 2018

August 22 – 23, 2018

At the time of on-site registration, pre-registration for the annual conference was counted at near 2,300 people from 100 Countries – this event brought international visitors and community fixtures to the Head Quarters of the United Nations for two days of presentations, discussions, and interactive forums for sustainable peace and relevant topics towards an interfaith and intersectional future.

Peace Pals was approved to present a board with art from their traveling Ambassador of Peace exhibition. Displayed on view for conference attendees was art from students in Russia, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Greece, South Korea, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Israel, Turkey, and Colombia. All art included the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

Included with the exhibit were informational pamphlets regarding the World Peace Prayer Society, and the Peace Pole Project.

For more information on Peace Pals International – Please visit.

How 2,500 Peace Poles Equals 25,000 Trees – World Peace Sanctuary – New York – USA

August 22nd, 2018

The Peace Pole Project, whose home is at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, has hit a wonderful milestone. Several years ago we launched “The Classic White Peace Pole” based on the many Peace Poles that were made in Japan and planted around the world since the 1970’s.  Prior to starting the Classic White Pole, we were making Peace Poles from cedar but wanted to create a way for more people to afford their own Peace Pole and that’s when the Classic White Peace Pole was born.

This summer we crafted the 2,500th Classic White Peace Pole. That isn’t the entire story. When we started with this style of Peace Pole,  we created a partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization who’s mission is to plant trees around the world in areas of deforestation and places where developing communities could be positively affected by the planting of trees. These tree plantings are done not only for the shear environmental impact, for food, fiber and timber products, but also the physical and mental health benefits to humans and our fellow creatures when we are surrounded by trees.  Our partnership with Trees for the Future has 10 trees planted on the African Continent for every single Classic White Peace Pole we craft. So this wonderful milestone of crafting so many Peace Poles is now responsible for the planting of twenty five thousand trees – and that’s a lot of trees.

In the photograph you will notice the logo of Rotary International on the top of this Peace Pole being held by Peace Pole maker Jim Dugan. The Peace Pole Project has long worked with Rotary and, more recently, the Jubitz Family Foundation who work with many Rotary chapters to plant Peace Poles across the northwestern United States. The Peace Pole Project deeply thanks our partners and everyone who has helped us get to this milestone by planting a Classic White Peace Pole and we look forward to crafting one for you.

To learn how to get your own Classic White Peace Pole (just $100 plus shipping):

http://shoppeace.org/peacepole_vinyl_4.aspx

The amazing Trees for the Future organization can be found at: 

https://trees.org/

Information on the diversified work of the Jubitz Family Foundation can be found at:

http://www.jubitz.org/

For details on Rotary International and how you can help their missions see:
https://www.rotary.org/

H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations receives Walnut Peace Pole

July 12th, 2018
WPPS Peace Representatives,  Monica Willard from the U.S.  along with Fr. James Channan from Pakistan presented a mini Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations.

Peace Representatives, Monica Willard (left) and Fr. James Channan (right) present a walnut Peace Pole to H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

The special Peace Pole was crafted from a walnut tree from the 100 year old walnut grove which is part of the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, NY.  Some trees in the grove were felled due to overcrowding and our peace pole maker, Jim Dugan, crafted these walnut peace poles for special occasions.  Prayers and intentions of global peace has been infused in each and every walnut tree in the grove over the last 30 years since the opening of the Peace Sanctuary.  We are happy that one of them found their way to the United Nations.

Infinite Gratitude to Nature
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Fumi

Dalai Lama 83rd Birthday Birthday Celebration – NYC – USA

July 6th, 2018

6 July 2018

Celebration of the 83rd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama For World Peace Through Compassion
Gaia Holistic Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide, The Tibet Fund

Another celebration of H.H. The Dalai Lama at the Marriott Essex House of New York City brought together spiritual leaders and students of philosophy, familiar colleagues and new friends, representatives of peace organizations, and students and civil society for a night of prayer, music and dance, and food. Six religions were represented – First Nations by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Buddhist by Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki, Christian by Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Jewish by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Islam by Sahar Alsahlani, and Hindu by Ravi Vaidyanaat Šicachaãriar.

Awards were granted within the theme of “World Peace Through Compassion” to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, and the Humanitarian Award to Rita Cosby. Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society, who led the annual Flag Ceremony for World Peace, concluded the event with prayers to every nation of the planet and their peoples.

 

 

 

Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania-USA

June 24th, 2018

 

The four languages used are English, German (representing our cultural heritage), Hausa (recognizing the large Brethren community in Northern Nigeria) and Spanish (recognizing Spanish speaking congregations particularly in Puerto Rico).

Here is a picture of the dedication service for the Peace Pole at the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. The dedication service was held on June 24, 2018.

-Gene Wampler

 

World Peace and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival 2018

June 17th, 2018
The Clearwater Festival is a music and environmental festival that is America’s oldest and largest festival of its kind. It is held annually at Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson River. The Festival features music and storytelling all run on seven sustainable bio-diesel powered stages for the 15,000 attendees. The Festival was founded in 1966 by American Peace Activist, singer songwriter and musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi who was a film maker and environmental activist. Pete, who passed away in 2014, was a dear friend of May Peace Prevail on Earth and was often seen with a Peace Pole while educating people on the costs of war.

Jim Dugan with American Sign Language Interpreter explaining the World Peace Flag Ceremony to the gathering crowd.

Jim Dugan, from the New York World Peace Sanctuary, has gone to the Festival for many years setting up a booth in the “Activist Area” to share our work and has been leading a World Peace Flag Ceremony each day of the Festival. This year we were thankful for the help of World Peace volunteers Carol Winters, Jackie Eaton, Sally and Andrew Damon, Haley Woodard, David Brann and Cynthia Sibusisiwe Shumba UN staff member from Zimbabwe, along with Festival provided American Sign Language Interpreters who completely signed each of the Flag Ceremonies.

Festival attendees picking out the flag they want to carry during the Ceremony.

The World Peace Prayer Society is proud to have been a part of this amazing festival for many years now and we look forward to many more years of involvement. Please look online for more information about the Clearwater Festival or on Pete and Toshi Seeger.

— Photo Credits: Haley Woodard and Andrew Damon

Fargo Forest Garden Peace Pole, Oregon, USA

May 11th, 2018

A Peace Pole dedication ceremony took place on May 11, 2018.

On the 10th anniversary of Fargo Forest Garden’s depaving from a parking lot to an urban food forest.

The location is 3122 N Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Portland City’s Bureau of Environmental Sustainability sponsored the work party and celebration. It was attended by Depave.org dignitaries past and present, Urban Farm Collective et al.

Submitted by: Angela Goldsmith

Here is a link to Depave’s first public depaving of Fargo Forest Garden:

Streetfilms | Depaving Day!

 

Peace Pole Registration- Friends School Mullica Hill, New Jersey-USA

May 1st, 2018

As the new owner of a Peace Pole from The Peace Pole Project, I wanted to share information with you about the ceremony surrounding our new Peace Pole.

Head of School, Matthew H Bradley, pointing out the languages on the Peace Pole

Name of Peace Pole Owner- Friends School Mullica Hill
Contact Person- Judith Corona-Karpowicz, Director of Admissions & Advancement.  Email: jcorona@friendsmh.org

Date of Peace Pole Planting: May 1, 2018

Location of Peace Pole- 15 High Street Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.  Outside, in rear  of Hanshi Deshbandhu building.

This is our entire school gathered around our Peace Pole

Peace Pole dedication ceremony was part of an entire morning dedicated to our study of trees for the 2017-18 school year.

We learned about the Peace Pole Project through a Google search.

 

 

March For Our Lives- Washington, D.C.-USA

March 24th, 2018

March 24, 2018

On the Saturday, March, 2018 a remarkable thing happened in the United States.

The March For Our Lives was held to call attention to the need for tighter gun legislation across the United States!

It was estimated that 800,000 people filled Pennsylvania Avenue and all the side streets.

Five weeks earlier, a former student from a Florida high school took the lives of 17 individuals with a firearm.

From the main stage (with the U.S. Capitol Building as a backdrop) students from across America spoke about their personal experiences with gun violence.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led the way for the March For Our Lives to take place in Washington,  D.C., with over eight-hundred sibling events around USA and across the globe.

Turnout across USA was estimated between 1.2 million and 2 million people, making it one of the biggest protests in American history!

Of course the message May Peace Prevail on Earth was there.

Jim Dugan
WPPS

St. John of God Parish Announcement-Peace Pole Dedication-San Francisco, California-USA

March 14th, 2018

I have attached three photographs that were taken the day of our Peace Pole Dedication at St. John of God Parish in San Francisco.

The languages on the Peace Pole are:  English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Swahili.

Our pastor is Fr. Narcis Kabipi from Tanzania, and he was joined during the ceremony by Interfaith Minister, Andrea Goodman.

Peace to all,
Ray Signer