Friday, September 26, 2014

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Images from Peace Day across the Great Lakes region of Africa

Dear Friend,
What a day it was! All over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Great Lakes region of Africa, Peace Day was a huge success. Thousands of events were held and millions were made aware of the day across the region.

In all four corners of the globe, Peace Day was marked and celebrated in a way we’ve never seen before. More people than ever are now aware of the day – and more lives will be positively impacted as a consequence.

It’s thanks to your hard work and support that this happened.

From our Peace Day Celebration in Goma, attended by thousands, to visits to refugee camps, mass vaccinations, special prayer services, peace walks, workshops and football matches, there was just so much inspiring activity, involving all sectors of society.

We would be very grateful if you could send us your photos and video from your Peace Day activities so that we can help to tell your story of the day, and to inspire others to join this movement for peace in the future*. Please also send us any links to media coverage of your event, including social media, so that we can measure the impact of the day.

What a remarkable celebration of peace! We can all be proud of the achievements of last Sunday. And we can also use Sunday as a platform to build something even bigger – a lasting and sustainable peace wherever we are in the world.

Together, let’s make 21 September the blueprint for a better, more peaceful society. Let’s continue working as one and make 2015 an even bigger year for Peace Day right across the world. Together we can achieve so much!

Thanks again for all of your efforts.

In peace,


Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

* Please note that when you do send us your material, in doing so you give us permission to use it in all media (for example documentary films, website, television programmes and any other Peace One Day communications) to promote the objectives of Peace One Day without restriction.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Mass Collaboration for Compassionate Action
Tomorrow is the day to dedicate our attention to the future of our planet. People from all over the world are coming together in solidarity recognizing the urgency of the situation and this unique moment of choice. What kind of future do we want for our children and our children’s children?  Everyone has a voice and everyone matters. The world needs to hear from you. This is a moment to stand up for what’s right, to stand up for our future, to stand up for peace and compassion. Our precious mother Earth needs protectors who can see past the shameless pursuit of profit at the expense of our future.
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Measuring Our Compassion In Action
Our results can be an annual benchmark for measuring our collective capacity to play the games and develop the skills we need to learn to treat each other, our earth, and ourselves with the utmost love and compassion.  In the end we are only competing with ourselves. Ultimately, the games are about looking at the ways we are in the world and challenging ourselves to become the ways we want to be, to be living examples. 
Read the whole story….HERE
Your Secret Mission, Should you choose to accept it...
The Secret Agent of Compassion game is here! it's not too late to sign up!
"Keep feeling the need to be first. But I want you to be first in Love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Compassion Games are designed to help, heal and inspire, making our community a safer, kinder, more just and better place to live.

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 21 and 22: Peace Day and the Day after Peace Day

Secret Agent of Compassion
 What's Next - Sept 22, 2014

Greetings Agents!

This message is a quick thank you for your involvement in the Secret Agent of Compassion game over the last week and a half, and to further introduce you to Kind Living, the organization that provided it. If you enjoyed the secret agent game, you'll be pleased to know that Kind Living offers free activities like it all year long.

In fact, I'm starting an 8 week online kindness activity next Sunday for anyone in the world who wants to join.

Participants will be reading journalist Mike McIntyre's book "The Kindness of Strangers" and considering and completing weekly kindness actions generated by the reading.

We'll look at the acts of kindness bestowed on McIntyre as he crossed the US on foot, penniless, relying on the kindness of strangers to feed, shelter, and transport him.

To fully participate, get a copy of the book and then connect next Sunday to the website where I'll be posting the reading assignments, kindness action suggestions, as well as messages of inspiration and reflection.

Thanks again for being a secret agent. I hope to see you again next year, maybe even sooner!

 -Andy Smallman, Kind Living

September 21:  Peace Day

Secret Agent of Compassion
 Mission 011 - Sept 21, 2014

Good Morning Agents!

You now know how powerful you are and that inside of you is the antidote to all things negative. Recognize that you don't need missions to carry out the work of spreading kindness, patience, empathy, and compassion. You know what to do. You always have.

Reflect on what you've done over the past 10 days. See if you find a nugget of truth in the idea that EVERY act of kindness and compassion you performed increased the amount of antidote that was already inside of you. As such, consider EVERY kind and compassionate thing you do in your life as increasing the amount of this antidote that exists in the world.

Think about this antidote. Put a word on it. Define it for yourself.

What word did you choose?

Write it down. Post it on your Facebook page and share it with others. Tweet it with the hashtag #secretagentofcompassion. Write it on sticky notes and post them around town. Make yourself a T-shirt with nothing but that word on it. Choose an action today that supports what your word means to you.Do the same thing tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that…

Spread the word.

Finally, post your word and a short summary of your personal experience today on the Compassion Map.

Thank you, agents. Thank you, my friends.

YOUTH LEAD OKC RETREAT   10:00 AM 9/21/2014

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Sunday, September 21st -- 6:30pm
The Great Hall of the University Center
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder, OKC

The program featured messages of peace from:

• Rabbi Abby Jacobson
• Albert Gray Eagle
• Dr. Imad Enchassi
• Rev. Moses Mast
• Kristen Swartley & the "El Sistema Oklahoma" jazz combo

This free program was co-sponsored by Joy Mennonite Church, the Oikos Scholars program of Oklahoma City University, the Center for Conscience in Action, the Peace House, the Oklahoma City group of Pax Christi USA, the Respect Diversity Foundation, and by your Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Information about the program and presenters:

Celebrate Peace with Us (program overview) ... 

Dr. Imad Enchassi ...
To Reaffirm Faith: Dr. Imad Enchassi 
To Reaffirm Faith: Dr. Imad Enchassi
“Sometimes I think God exposed me to so much hatred and violence. so that I can be a voice for love and peace.”
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Kristen Swartley and El Sistema ...
To Reaffirm Faith: Kristen Swartley and El Sistema 
To Reaffirm Faith: Kristen Swartley and El Sistema
Our Observance of Peace Day in Oklahoma City will Feature Music by the El Sistema Jazz Combo Do you know about "El Sistema?"
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To Reaffirm Faith: Albert Gray Eagle
You're Going to Like our Peace Day Program on Sunday, September 21st
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The program was free and open to the public. 100 people attended 

"History has shown that, no matter how fierce, conflict can end, peace can prevail and reconciliation can triumph. On 21 September, at concerts around the world -- in major cities and small towns, in conflict zones and peaceful communities –- people will broadcast this essential message. They celebrate the value of human diversity and the strength of our unity.  "...I urge every peace-loving person to engage with their friends and neighbors, their community organizations and governments. Together, let us demand the right of peoples to peace."

--Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9/20 Disarmament Day


Pinwheels for Peace 2014 - Casady School LD, MD and LD





Friday, September 19, 2014


5th Grade decorates pinwheels for Pepper' Ranch donors and helps pick up pinwheels from Peace signs




Secret Agent of Compassion
 Mission 009 - Sept 19, 2014

Good News Agents!

There is another super-structure of compassion that exists. It is built from organizations that are involved in promoting kindness and good work around the globe. Here at IKT HQ, we looking to combine our efforts with these organizations in order to exponentially increase our ability to disseminate the antidote.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help one of these organizations improve their efforts at fulfilling their purposes. You can do this by volunteering your time, donating money, or providing resources.

In completing this mission, imagine the feelings and reactions generated in someone who will benefit from your involvement with the organization you choose. Put yourself in that person's shoes by thinking how much you'd appreciate such thoughtful awareness from someone else.

Should your actions or those of any of the International Kindness Team be exposed, it will increase thepositive ripple effect of creating more kindness in the world. Thus, we at IKT HQ request that you report your activities on the Compassion Map.

Good luck, agents.

This mission can be viewed at the IKT HQ website.

Ode to Peace (teaser) September 19, 2014

"Ode to Peace"
(Hymne à la Paix)

to Resound Around the World on  
International Day of Peace, September 21

A musical message of hope for a troubled world
composed by 
Frédéric Chaslin,
performed by the
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2014 - On Sunday September 21, an estimated one billion people around the world will be made aware of-and tens of millions will gather at events to celebrate-the International Day of Peace (a day established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981). At the same time, a brand new "peace anthem" will be released into-and resound around-the world.
Ode to Peace was recorded in Jerusalem, the City of Peace, on September 7, 2014. Composed and conducted by Frédéric Chaslin, "Ode to Peace" is performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Produced by French-Israeli producer Andre Djaoui in association with Jean Trudel of the Montreal-based Cercle de Paix - Circle of Peace, "Ode to Peace" will be released as "a gift to the world from Jerusalem", on Peace Day, as part of the peace wave that begins with a moment of silence at noonin every time zone around the world.

"There has never been a better time to release such a message into the world," says Frédéric Chaslin. "Through the universal language of music-combined with the voices of children-we can deliver a message of peace and hope directly to people's hearts and souls."

"Ode to Peace" includes a chorus with original lyrics by Djaoui/Trudel to reflect United Nation's theme for this year's International Day of Peace-The Right of Peoples to Peace.

"It's a historic recording made in a holy city," says Andre Djaoui, "and we are hoping that it will resonate on Peace Day and beyond with people who crave that most basic human right: the right to peace."

Cercle de Paix, as a representative of Pathways To Peace and partner organizations in the peace community will be combining to give "Ode to Peace" huge visibility in international media, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and beyond. "This year's #PeaceDay is already generating unprecedented global participation on social media," says Jean Trudel. "People are speaking out and sharing messages of peace. 'Ode to Peace' is a unique and powerful piece of content that will be enjoyed and shared on every social platform."

A trailer for "Ode to Peace" will be made available online at onSeptember 19, 2014, to coincide with the official United Nations observance ceremonies.
The trailer will then be released to the world, on multiple channels beginning at noon in all time zones on September 21, 2014. The full video will be released a few weeks later for download.


Kelly Egan,
Pathways To Peace

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Dear Friend,

With Peace Day, Sunday 21 September only two days away, I’m writing to you from Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where preparations are being finalised for the Peace One Day Celebration 2014. The show will be headlined by US/Senegalese RnB hip hop superstar Akon, with performances from a wealth of Congolese talent - Lexxus Legal, Dety Darba, Sango'a and Mzee Mbukuli - and with contributions from French presenter Ayden, international actor Jude Law and myself.

The concert is being filmed in HD and shown live via the Peace One Day YouTube channel. By posting the following link onto you social media platforms or embedding it onto your website or blog, you can help share the concert, and the message of Peace Day, with the world.

For support in using the above click here

I hope you can share and watch the concert live this Sunday at 1.00pm Goma time (click here for start times around the world).

Remember, there is still time to join Akon, Jessie J, Eddie Izzard and countless other supporters with the Peace One Day Thunderclap – please donate one Tweet or Facebook post to Peace Day right here:

There is also still time to plan an event for 21 September. Check out our new and updated Pocket Book of Peace for a range of simple yet powerful ideas of how to mark Peace Day. We hope you find it useful! And do tell us about your event here, so that we can inspire others to mark the day!

Thanks for your continued support.

Warm wishes,

In peace,

Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day