Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony
PEACE Pole Dedication Ceremony September 21, 12:45 pm
Drumming (Manhattan UUFM Drumming group)
Welcome, with introduction of Pat Embers and call for silence
Smudging of Pole - Pat
(To Close this section):
If you are able, you are invited to touch the earth, linking your desire for peace with the good earth home for all beings.
Susan Allen: Statement of Purpose: Thanks to donors and artisans.
What Campaign for Nonviolence has initiated in the past 10 years. Hopes/aspirations
Thea Nietfeld: I invite us to dedicate this K-State peace pole.
Dedication Litany - Thea
Intro: There will be 4 brief dedication statements. Everyone is invited to respond together with the message of the pole: May peace prevail on earth.
We dedicate this K-State peace pole, here at the UFM, which houses the Campaign for Nonviolence Office here at the corner of Manhattan Ave and Thurston Street -- to honor the spirit and initiatives toward everyday nonviolence and a just and safe community.
We dedicate this peace pole as one of 3 in Manhattan and one of thousands around the world each uniquely beautiful. We honor Masahisa Goi, Japanese poet and philosopher who started the peace pole project in 1955 as a response to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Cultures and peoples can choose to celebrate those who respond to violence with creative assertions of peace.
We dedicate our educations formal and informal, service learning and academic to include cultivating awareness, knowledge, and skills for peacemaking. Each of us has a unique contribution to offer toward being the change that is needed for sustainable life.
Grateful for this K-State peace pole as a beautiful reminder, we dedicate ourselves to keeping peace ever present in our minds and hearts. May we return to visit this peace pole as a breathing space where we can renew our expectations and hopes for everyday and global peace.
Namaste - the divine in me greets and acknowledges the divine in you
and the dedication will be complete.