A “Celebration of Peace” at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Connecticut – USA

September 19th, 2017
On Tuesday, September 19th, Jim Dugan of WPPS was the Keynote Speaker at two gatherings at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). Other speakers in addition to Jim were Imam Mohammad Hidara, The Reverend Rafael Torres and Rabbi Dr. Marshal Press along with top Hospital Administrators.
CVH is a State run hospital treating individuals with mental illness. Jim’s first address was given in the maximum security Whiting Forensic Division and the second address was delivered in the Yerbury Chapel, both on the Hospital grounds and delivered to the patients that reside at the Hospital. After the two heartfelt gatherings, Jim took part in the Re-dedication of the Hospital’s six sided Peace Pole. This was Jim Dugan’s forth time to be invited to be the Keynote Speaker at CVH’s yearly IDP events for their patients. As a gift from WPPS to CVH, Jim brought a butterfly bush that was in full bloom and it will be planted at the front entrance to Whiting.

Silverton Rotary Peace Pole Dedication, Silverton, Oregon-USA

September 19th, 2017

On September 19, 2017, the newly installed Silverton Peace Pole was dedicated at Silverton’s Town Square Park in Silverton, Oregon by members of the Silverton Rotary Club.

The Peace Pole was planted at Silverton Town Square Park located in the heart of Silverton on the corner of West Main and Fiske Streets. The park is a small 1/4-acre park and is also home to the City’s Holiday Tree, which is the center for winter gatherings.  Silverton Rotary Club held a dedication ceremony and had 50 attendees including our local group of “People for Peace”.

As president of the Silverton Rotary Club, I learned about the Peace Pole Project while attending President Elect Training in February of 2017.

I am enclosing a photo of our club with the Peace Pole the day of our dedication September 19, 2017.

Sincerely,
Cindy Jones, President
Silverton Rotary Club

Children’s Peace Festival at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY – USA

September 17th, 2017

On Sunday, September 17th The World Peace Sanctuary hosted a Children’s Peace Festival for the Trillig Movement and produced by Jim Dugan and Jules Lamore of WPPS. The event brought together the Youth Art Peace Pole Project and other peace art projects, nature, bells with Doug Martin and a World Peace Flag Ceremony. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the IDP with our future leaders and we also released a young Northern Water Snake to the delight of the children present.

 

16th Annual Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology – International Day of Peace – New York City – USA

September 17th, 2017

The 16th annual Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology hosted by Susana Bastaricca brought together artists, musicians, dancers, and the United Nations NGO community for a day of celebration in Central Park. From flamenco and butoh dance to group meditation, the event provided an open environment for the greater NYC community to interact within an event parallel to the International Day of Peace.

 

 

The day concluded with a World Peace flag ceremony coordinated by Rev. Deborah Moldow, who had honored Susana Bastaricca with a certificate of commemoration of her service to community-­‐building and spreading the message MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH, naming her as the latest Peace Representative within the World Peace Prayer Society community.

 

Student Observance of the International Day of Peace – United Nations – New York – USA

September 15th, 2017

The United Nations hosted its annual Student Observance of the International Day of Peace honoring the message of the TOGETHER campaign – safety and dignity for all. The event began with an outdoor moment of silence with a ceremonial ringing of the garden’s bell by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which was complimented by a display of nations flags, compliments of the World Peace Prayer Society, held with pride by an international array of students. Honorable guests including S.G. Guterres and Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake then filed into Conference Room 4, welcoming valuable discussions of the Sustainable Development Goals, and hope for a diplomatic future amongst nations, including their leaders and their people. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall offered a stunning testimony to the power of small grassroots efforts in addressing political voices including the pressing issue of our disruption of natural life and the impacts of our collective actions on the climate.

Students presented their own projects to address global issues. From Mater Day (New Jersey) school’s online tool kit to pursue peace in education, to Roots and Shoots, to the international Peace Crane Project, the passionate testimonies of the youth flooded the room with hope and a sense of forward-­‐motion toward a progressive global community. Musical guests (Omnia and Leila) Hegazy gifted attendees with stunning harmonies to original songs of belonging, home, and strength rooted in shared humanity.

We were joined via camera with the United Nations HQ in Bogota, Colombia, who offered stories of peace efforts within the country in the aftermath of a generation-­‐long civil war. Refugee students Saja Almogalli and Wendo Mbilizi presented personal stories of perseverance through struggle, change, and cultural boundaries. They then presented the peace bell, created from melted weapons of war, courtesy of the World Peace Prayer Society, which was rung, followed by a moment of silence, during which time the message “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” was present on the screens visible to the world.

Following this conference, members of the World Peace Prayer Society, Civil Society, and students filled the United Nations Church Center for even more presentations by youth of Vermont, who gathered under an image with the message “Vermont Youth UNITE Together For Peace.” Presentations centered on racial violence and prejudice visible and invisible in our modern world. The youth then facilitated a World Peace Flag Ceremony alongside Rev. Deborah Moldow with use of the flags provided by the World Peace Prayer Society. Youth Representative to the United Nations Brandon Perdomo played variations of the uplifting theme of “Chariots of Fire,” as attendees including members of the NGO community raised their flags in unity for wishes of global peace and harmony.

Universal Spirituality plants Peace Pole in SWITZERLAND

September 10th, 2017

The Universal Spirituality gathering was organized by the Schweiberalp Center of Unity in Villa Unspunnen, Switzerland from 8th to the 10th of September.


The gathering was attended by a group of dedicated peace workers from various cultures and traditions to empower the spirit of spiritual oneness and global harmony.

A Peace Pole was gifted to the Villa by Keiko Ito who traveled from Japan to make the presentation.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony was also presented around the Peace Pole surrounded by friend of WPPS including with Patrick McCullum who played the World Peace violin.

The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole, New Hampshire-USA

August 27th, 2017

The Hill Center Dedicates Peace Pole
By Dot Maver

On Sunday August 27, 2017, 50 local community members and friends from far and wide gathered at The Hill Center in Walpole, New Hampshire for a dedication of a Peace Pole.

A World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow, who also offered an original anthem, honored a re-dedication of The Hill, which had served for many years as Psychosynthesis Education Center, and is now a Peacebuilding Center.

It was also a joyful celebration of 85 years for Tara Stuart, a beloved world traveler and server.

Tara Stuart and Dot Maver

World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow

The Hill Peace Pole

Little Artists for Peace – Peace Pals International – Cuiabá, Brazil

August 23rd, 2017

When I heard about the Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards project I immediately thought of the many children in Brazil, my native country, and in England where I live, which I would like to invite to this wonderful initiative. We cannot be neutral in the face of the great need for peace in the world and this would be a great opportunity for children not only to participate in a contest but to get in touch with the PEACE theme.

Then, after getting in touch with the project, I planned to gather “Little Artists for Peace”. That would be the name of my work groups and I started my contribution with this significant project, which has Art as an ally.

As I had planned a trip to Brazil, I saw the opportunity to work with children from the school Escola Municipal de Educação Básica Maria Tomich Monteiro da Silva (EMEB), in the city of Cuiabá, Brazil. Teacher Vania Campos is a dedicated education professional, who has stood out for making a difference in the classroom. I contacted her, who immediately accepted the challenge.

The school has as Director the Teacher Maria Estevina Mendes de Souza, a young educator who runs the institution, with almost 400 students (according to the school sense of 2016) with a lot of competence and affection. Maria Estevina authorized the accomplishment of my work in the school institution.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Nature for Everyone – Loving the Earth”, and after following the initial directions of the project, the children made their individual drawings, but in a united way, exchanging ideas, talking to each other about the theme. It was a wonderful day!

When we started the conversation about the drawings, the children showed a lot of interest in knowing the work of the winners of previous years, drawings of children from all over the world, so even in school was having other activities that prevented the organization of a more formal exhibition, We present the drawings for the students, with improvised form.

I believe in art as a transforming expression, as a form of aesthetic expression capable of educating critical thinking for the construction of another reality from an existing reality.

Its importance is made by being essentially human. To bet on an education through art is, first and foremost, to choose to bring to the educational environment what we have most essential: the capacity to create and recreate. Therefore, art can be seen as a form of language of strong pedagogical character where the child expresses him/herself to speak about the world and to the world. It is a bearer of meaning, an expression of thought that precedes a practice.

In this way, artistic expression, allowing the dialogue between the real life and the desired life, can nourish and strengthen the desire for change, for a better world.

All drawings must contain, in addition to the name and age of the author, the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”, written by him/herself.

After finishing the drawings, we talked a little more about the activity and the message that should convey. Some children asked about the details of the contest, others said they liked to draw, but what I felt most important in developing the project was the fact that every child was able to express the importance of being there, participating in something in the name of PEACE.

Sonia Palma
Nuneaton – England.
July 2017.

Peace Pals International winner from Romania spots Peace Pole at Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

August 20th, 2017

“May peace prevail on Earth” is an international art contest I keep darling since I was 8 years old and every year I take the chance to learn about peace from different point of views. Peace has become a symbol of my education as I take pleasure drawing human beings living in harmony with nature and animals. This contest nourished human values I will treasure my whole life.

While being invited to Toyota Dream car international art contest ceremony in Japan, I took the chance to visit Kyoto, the former capital of Japan in year 1000, which is home to multiple UNESCO heritage sites.

On my way to Arashiyama bamboo forest, “May peace prevail on Earth” peace pole was standing there like a welcoming bamboo tree.

Peace is a hard learnt lesson in Japan as memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb in Second World War is present in many pictures that can be seen in Kyoto Museum for World Peace. A replica of Guernica, by Picasso is on display here.
As peace starts from within ourselves, many meditation sites are present in zen gardens, water streams and open spaces found in temples like Tenryu-ji, Kinkaku-ji or Fushimi Inari Taisha.

It was a divine experience and I feel blessed to have had it.

Kind regards,
Ada Ciontu

Peace United Church of Christ, dedicates Peace Pole- Elkader, Iowa-USA

August 16th, 2017

August-2017, the Peace United Church of Christ-(UCC)- located in Elkader, Iowa, has recently completed its Peace Pole.

Peace UCC began as Friedens Evangelical Church, later became Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church and eventually, Peace United Church of Christ. Friedens, (German for Peace), has helped shape the Church identity since its inception in 1905.

Elkader was named for Emir Abdelkader, an Algerian leader who was Muslim. Elkader is an agricultural county seat in Northeast Iowa, with currently approximately 1250 residents. Elkader’s sister city is Mascara, Algeria. A Peace Pole in a small park area outside of City Hall has a matching Peace Pole in Mascara. Peace UCC is located one block from City Hall, both on Main Street.

Peace UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. The denomination has many firsts to its credit: the first woman ordained to the ministry, the first African American ordained to the ministry, the denomination that stood up in court for those on the Amistad slave ship, the first major denomination to support marriage equality. The list goes on and on, but one key point in the denomination’s history is that one of our ministers was a missionary who helped put the Algonquin tribal language into the written word, resulting in publication of The Eliot Indian Bible (officially: Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God, aka: Algonquin Bible), the first Christian Bible to published in British North America. English Puritan missionary John Eliot produced a translation of the Geneva Bible into the Indian Massachusett language. (Wikipedia)

Many of the members of Peace UCC are from a German heritage. Some are African American, some from European heritage such as Norwegian, Danish. A nearby town called Postville suffered a blow from INS when many Spanish speaking residents were deported years ago, and yet the community deals with the splitting apart of families in 2008. Algerian residents in our sister city of Mascara speak many languages including Arabic and French. Thus our Peace Pole has eight languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, French, Algonquin, and German.

Response to the new Peace Pole outside of Peace United Church of Christ has been overwhelmingly supportive. The white, red and black of the pole are Central Community High School colors, with the school one block away from the Church. The base of the Peace Pole is in silver, the color of all street sign poles throughout the city.

Pastor Jon Haack
Peace United Church of Christ
301 North Main Street
Elkader, Iowa 52043