PEACE WEEK 2016: Day 1: UNITY, September 11: National Day of Service and Remembrance
Sunday, September 11: World Peace Village, Blue Labyrinth, The Day After Peace, Out of Darkness Walk, Connecting Peace Steps to Rhythm
UD Service Learning Director, Mrs. Carmen Clay introduced the first day of Peace Week 2016 with the following video as part of her presentation in UD chapel, on 8/8/2016 of the program's goals and the service requirement for graduation process and forms.
YAC Co-Vice Presidents, Mariam and Safra S. finished the introduction of Peace Week 2016 in UD chapel on 9/9/2016. They raised awareness of the International Day of peace with the following video.
The Service-Learning Program installed the World Peace Village at the Chapel Transept. The World Peace Village Exhibit is on loan from the Episcopal Dioceses. The exhibit will be at the transept until 9/21 to be experienced by faculty and students at will.
Mr. Mark Coate, a member of the Casady Grounds Team, drew the Blue Labyrinth by the Butterfly Garden. The Blue Labyrinth calls for a mindful walk of its path with contemplative meditation. The Blue Labyrinth was a request of the Primary Division, Peace Education faculty in 2015 and returns by popular demand to be experienced at will.
The Service-Learning Program promoted the screening of The Day After Peace (81 minutes), the story behind the International Day of Peace at the Wing from 3-5 pm on September 11th.
On 9/10, Casady participated in the Out of Darkness, Prevention and Awareness of Suicide Walk at Lake Hefner. Mrs. Angie Milligan, UD Administrative Assistant, has been a team leader of the Winged Warriors Team for several years. This year, she raised $640 for suicide prevention research as of 9/13/2016.
On 9/10, Mrs. Hazel Lopez provided the choreography for "Connecting Peace Steps To Rhythm." The dance answers the call from Peace One Day, the entity recognized as the United Kingdom's champion on the establishment of the International Day of Peace on the 21st of September, to raise awareness of PEACE DAY through dance or creative movement global coalition.
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
"Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement." - Aldous Huxley
Music and dance have proved to possess the power to help healing from traumatic experiences, to bring back humanity and hope in war-torn communities, to bond and unify individuals and therefore to help make peace, with ourselves and with each other.
We are deeply passionate about harnessing the role that music, dance, and movement can play in promoting the message of peace. We encourage individuals, communities and organizations to get involved on Peace Day using any of our initiatives One Day One Dance, Set For Peace and Sounds of Peace or with your own idea.
The Service-Learning Program registered to play the Global Unity, Compassion Games, "Tomorrow Together".
Secret Agent of Compassion
“It has been discovered that a powerful antidote exists that can counteract the hate, hurt, and negativity that plagues our global community. This highly potent antidote is called “compassion,” and it exists within you.”
Are you ready to become an Agent of Compassion?
You are just who we need! Join the International Kindness Team (IKT) and prepare to make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. Anyone can sign up and join the team! There are many ways to play, but here are some good places to start:
1) Use everyday moments as opportunities to spread the antidote and create a culture of compassion, one act of kindness at a time! Agents can acknowledge and tell the stories of the daily acts of kindness they witness in their lives. Report back to HeartQuarters using the Compassion Report Map to share the stories of compassion in action, elevating your compassion to inspire others!
(Looking for ideas? Check out the list of Ways to Play designed to serve self, others, and the Earth! You can also read reports from other players on the Report Map to find inspiration!)
2) Rally your friends and form a team to organize a service project in your community, and challenge others to join you!
3) Participate in a Compassion Games coopetition to play with others from around the world! These events happen throughout the year… sign up to stay tuned and learn about upcoming coopetitions!
4) Help us grow the International Kindness Team! Use the instructions below to sign up to become an Agent of Compassion, and then recruit your friends to become Agents as well!
Sign Up to Play and Invite Your Friends
Using the form below, sign yourself up to become a Secret Agent of Compassion! After you sign up, you will also be able to invite your friends to join you as a member of the International Kindness Team, too!
IKT Director Andy Smallman will be sending daily mission briefings for 11 days to all Agents with inspirations for compassionate action in the Giving Games, beginning on December 1st and going through December 11th. Use your creativity and adaptability to find a way to fulfill your mission… No kind act is too small to have a huge impact! Your mission briefings will help you practice an attitude of compassion, and discover that even the simple actions of Secret Agents can be profoundly world-changing.
If you choose to, you can adopt a new identity online during the Giving Games by changing your profile photo. Click on the photo below to link to an album of avatars you can choose from.
Use the social media icons to share this Way to Play!
Global Champions of Compassion kick off a “Compassion Relay”
Honors the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11
Participating in the Compassion Games boosts and ignites a community’s capabilities to create healthy, vibrant, thriving places of opportunity and compassion. The Games engage people with different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and belief systems to commit to play, live, learn, and work well together. Over the past four years, over 400 teams, with over 400,000 volunteers, in 35 countries, have served over 1.5 million people in the Compassion Games.
In a remarkable display of cooperation and collaboration people, groups and organizations from all over the world are coming together to participate in a Compassion Games International “coopetition” called the Global Unity Games: Tomorrow Together linking 9/11 with 9/21 the UN International Day of Peace. During the Games, teams and individuals challenge each other to perform acts of kindness and service in support of creating a global expression of hope for a better tomorrow.
As part of the Games a Compassion Relay with a “Dream Team” of “Champions of Compassion” will pass a virtual Compassion Torch highlighting the many ways that compassion unites our communities.
The Compassion Relay kicked off on the National Mall in Washington DC on September 10th led by the Points of Light, the largest service organization in the world, starting the Relay and passing the Compassion Torch to 9/11 Day in New York City on September 11th where they will be packing up to 1,000,000 meals. Four time Olympic Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross was in NYC to help promote participation in the Games.
The Compassion Relay and the Compassion Torch passing will continue with Compassionate Silicon Valley, including the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Stanford University CCARE, and then to the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Gratitude Revealed - a collaboration between Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg, the Peacejam foundation with 13 Nobel Prize Laureates, the Dalai Lama Fellows with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Dr. Jane Goodall, the Parliament of the World Religions will pass the Torch to the United Religions Initiative (representing 750 Global Cooperation Circles) and then to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Muhammad Ali Center, Service For Peace, Global Game Changers, and the rest of Compassionate Louisville, and then to United Nations and the International Day of Peace.
Daily Missions with Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg
Daily Missions will feature videos from Gratitude Revealed, a collaboration of Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg and will be sent to all “Agents of Compassion” each day of the Games. (Sign up for the missions here.)