Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 83
The World Peace Prayer Society has over 13,000 members worldwide, each active in their own way, working toward a peaceful world. There are activities going on all year under the WPPS umbrella. Many events are held at the World Peace Sanctuary. The World Peace Sanctuary is the international home of the World Peace Prayer Society. Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the site occupies 154 acres located in Wassaic, New York just two hours north of New York City. Alive with the prayers of people from all over the world, the Sanctuary serves as home to annual events, including the World Peace Festival, Earth Day Peace Fair, Thanksgiving for the Earth, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Planet Peace Day for school children. Visitors are invited to enjoy the healing air of the Sanctuary. Individuals and groups tour the lovely grounds by appointment, or take part in art projects for children, youth activities or creative workshops for adults. The Sanctuary staff is often invited to create peace events at schools, town centers, festivals and places of worship. This year in August, the Sanctuary hosted a Call to Peace event, featuring 3 flag ceremonies: one to honor all of the Native American Nations, the second to honor every US State, and the third to honor all the countries of the world. The World Peace Prayer Ceremony is a global celebration of the oneness of humanity. It may be just one person at home, a small group with a peace pole in a public park or a large event with hundreds or thousands – each with the same mission – to hold a vision of peace for the world. “We believe that the future hinges on the capacity of each individual to embrace a commitment to universal love. We must begin to transcend the barriers which keep us from seeing ourselves as part of a global family. We have to start caring about what really happens to people. Our movement seeks to promote this compassionate spirit by helping people of all nations to experience their oneness.” Masami Saionji, WPPS Chairperson
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