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September , 2016
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CPI is a local-global Peacebuilding Initiative uniting our strengths along diverse pathways to realize a Culture of Peace for all. 
CPI highlights inter-generational and inter-cultural Peacebuilders who are revealing the emerging Culture of Peace.
 

Dear  Culture of Peace Initiative ( CPI ) Participants,  Peacebuilding Colleagues and Friends,
 
 Tomorrow on September 21st, many millions of people around the world will acknowledge and celebrate the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. The United Nations theme for 2016 is "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace." 
You are invited to share with many people what you are doing on Peace Day at internationaldayofpeace.org . The following reflects how others are participating in the International Day of Peace and co-creating a Culture of Peace.
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." ~ Pericles
With Care and Respect, 

David Wick
Director, Pathways To Peace

And the Peacebuilding Community


 
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The International Day of Peace, and the Noon Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace, is a shared and practical act of Peacebuilding in which all individuals, organizations and nations can participate.  Peace Day is an opportunity to mark our individual progress toward building a Culture of Peace.  Peace Day annually " -serves as a reminder of our permanent commitment to Peace, above all interests and differences of any kind".  

During Peace Day, all forms of media (both physical - TV, radio, short-wave radio, internet, drums, etc used to communicate news messages --, and "meta" physical - prayer, meditation, silence) are used to convey the thoughts, images, sounds and acts of Peace through the Peace Wave for 24 hours around the world.



World Peace Prayer Society Celebrates The International Day of Peace
 

In Ashland, Oregon - Embracing Peace Day and A Culture of Peace



The 11 Days For Peace was wonderful! Ashland Culture of Peace Commission ( ACPC) is celebrating one year of exploring a new culture that may become peace in our community.

The question, "How do we shift from the culture we are in to one of peace?" has led through awareness of what is not peace, to imaginings of how a peaceful society might look, with the realization that we may not know what true peace is and are discovering together.

We joined hands with people in all countries during these important times, and beyond:





Pathways To Peace UN Representative group photo


Pathways To Peace UN Representative group photo:   George Anthony,  Michael Johnson, Jarret Freeman, Abdul Rad, Eng Mohammad Bakhrieba (may not be in correct order).For the auspicious September 16 Youth event, 

This is a wonderful video from the UN's Peace Day presentations for and by youths; and if you only have a few minutes, go to about 1:40 to see the Korean children's choir - incredible, and they even sing in Japanese and Russian!!  Their hand movements are so lovely, costumes too, but their voices are like angels... Happy Peace Day!!! 



  

Insights from Peace Day Philly



Each year for the International Day of Peace/Peace Day Philly, I observe myself and commit to being intentional about my process. How do I behave when someone does not follow through on their commitments, how do I respond when people are not treating me in a peaceful way? How do I manage that disappointment, and the adverse feelings that creep up that cause me to wonder if I can continue this work? What gets triggered in me based upon my own wounds, and how do I balance my responsibilities to others in the moment with creating space around the edges to restore my own intentionality and balance?

Yesterday, the first day of Peace Day Philly 2016, evolved from being in a challenging place to one of ease and flow. If I had remained in the past and carried the stressors forward, I would not have been open to what unfolded in the afternoon and evening. Yet afterward, I can contemplate and evaluate how to adjust for the future. Maybe I can be better prepared. Maybe some conditions are just not welcoming enough for peace to flow.

At times when we are creating something, we have to have the centeredness to let some parts go. Event ideas, relationships, our own expectations for a result. If I can be intentional in this process, letting go as well as creating, I am then better able to enhance the conditions that cultivate peace and to be an effective peacebuilder.

  SERAPHS ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

 
  SERAPHS ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
9/19/2016

Twenty-three Mater Dei Prep students and seven St. Mary Elementary School students were honored to attend the International Day of Peace at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Friday, September 16th.
 
This was the second year that Mater Dei Prep students from the Emerging Global Leaders Program were invited to attend this conference and the first year for St. Mary Elementary School.  The International Day of Peace began in 1982 and is dedicated to world peace, specifically the absence of war and violence.

This year Mater Dei Prep students were chaperoned by the Emerging Global Leaders coordinator George Anthony, English teacher Elana Maloney, and St. Mary Elementary School Guidance Counselor Katie Anderson. Mr. Anthony has been attending the International Day of Peace for the past fifteen years and has developed a strong relationship between the United Nations and the Mater Dei Prep Emerging Global Leaders Program. Every member of the Emerging Global Leaders program has played an active role in the United Nations organizations and will continue to support their mission of promoting a message of peace.
Mr. Anthony shared his thoughts on the conference, "All the messages at the conference were to inspire our youth to take action and to make a difference. Their voice and vote matters, but more importantly, they need to get involved and be the difference. There are many organizations throughout the world that will support their cause."

Mater Dei Prep students were able to hear speeches presented by the General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and U.N. Messengers of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, Michael Douglas, Midori Goto, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Stevie Wonder. Students also had the opportunity to video conference with other students throughout the world to discuss ways on how to promote the message of peace throughout their communities.

Katelyn Grano, a junior at Mater Dei Prep was moved and inspired by the U.N. Messengers speeches. "To attend the International Day of Peace at the United Nations headquarters in New York City was an extraordinary experience that sparked so many ideas and dreams that I have. Many of the U.N. Messengers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Stevie Wonder, and Jane Goodall were extremely inspiring and uplifting.  When Leonardo DiCaprio explained that when he took his position as Messenger of Peace for Climate Change he wasn't sure if it was too late to make a difference, but he took the position anyway and started to work towards helping with climate change.  He explained that it's never too late to make a difference and to work towards the common good.  This message truly inspires me not to give up on something that I have a passion for," said Miss Grano. 

In addition to hearing members of the United Nations and U.N. Messengers address the audience, the Mater Dei Prep scholars were able to take part in the ringing of the Peace Bell ritual. This ritual is performed every year on the International Day of Peace. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon rings the bell, which is made out of melted down bullets and various metal from past wars to symbolize the beginning of International Peace Day and to pray for peace.
The Mater Dei Prep Emerging Global Leaders Program will continue to be active players within the United Nations organizations with continued support from organizations such as U.N. NGO Pathway's To Peace.  Seraph scholars look forward to attending many events throughout the upcoming school year and working on many group projects in hopes to promote the United Nations message of peace. For more information, please visit www.materdeiprep.org.
 



  
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Thank you!   Building Pathways To Peace toward a Culture of Peace for the Common Good.  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Sincerely,

The Pathways To Peace Team

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  About Pathways To Peace and the Culture of Peace Initiative
 
This newsletter is offered by Pathways To Peace (PTP), International Secretariat of the Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) which was inaugurated in 1984 and received a UN Peace Messenger award from the UN in 1987. CPI  is inter-generational, inter-cultural, and has Participants in all regions of the world. PTP has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC), (DPI). PTP has worked with the UN to observe and promote the International Day of Peace since it's inception in 1981, and has nurtured this occasion from a single event of a few hundred people into an annual global observance that now reaches hundreds of millions of people.
  
PTP has created and maintained the dedicated websites for the International Day of Peace and the Culture of Peace Initiative, including event locators for all to use; we produce this newsletter and also provide daily updates on the International Day of Peace Facebook page; we held a successful campaign to have the International Day of Peace printed on calendars across the globe; and we are continually involved with communications and planning about this event both inside and beyond UN circles. To learn more about our programs, networks, campaigns and support materials please see our web sites or visit our Facebook page.
 
The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a cooperative local-global Peacebuilding Initiative uniting the strengths of organizations, networks, projects and people to realize a Culture of Peace for the Common Good. The CPI also serves as a vehicle for bringing to light many previously unseen and unheard Peacebuilders working along diverse paths, who are embodying the emerging Culture of Peace within Humanity.  The annual highlight of the Culture of Peace Initiative is the International Day of Peace, which provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to work together, on a shared date, to create practical acts of Peace with a year- round impact.

Thank you.
 
Pathways To Peace is a nonprofit (501c3 U.S. tax exempt) organization, whose work would not be possible without our volunteers and your support. To help our efforts, please donate and click PayPal button on the left column.
 
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