released October 6, 2003
Peace Dome to be Dedicated Saturday in Global Event
Saturday October 11th the world's first monolithic Peace Dome will be dedicated on the College of Metaphysics campus in Windyville, MO.
"Peace Dome construction began in 2001," said Chancellor Daniel Condron. "The dome is being built by volunteers and with donations from hundreds of people who share the dream of a universal site for peace. More and more people are waking up to the truth that peace is a viable option to war and conflict. For peace to be universal, there must be peace in the minds of each individual."
Students and faculty of the School of Metaphysics, the College's parent organization, are looking forward to the formal dedication this weekend. The campus will be open for visitors from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Details of planned activities are listed below.
Preparation for the Peace Dome Dedication began in January this year at an annual meeting of the leaders of the 16 Schools of Metaphysics in nine Midwest states. Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers the campus grounds have been groomed and the final touches on the Dome are being done this week. People from around the world have been invited to participate in the dedication and many will be on campus Saturday.
Far more are committed to partipating through One Voice, an initiative to unite the world in a peace-filled vision at 1:00 pm Central Time by reading the Unviversal Peace Covenant aloud. The Covenant is a 577 word description of peace penned in 1996-97 by two dozen men and women of many walks of life, faiths, and cultures, all teachers at the School of Metaphysics. The entire text can be found online at the School's website, www.peacedome.org .
"This summer, we began requesting that government leaders proclaim 1 pm (CDT), October 11th a 'Moment of Peace' in their lands," Condron said. A growing number of government officials have responded by proclaiming this day and time as a "Moment of Peace" in their country, state, or city. The first proclamation received was signed by President Rauf R. Denktas of the Turki’sh Republic of Northern Cyprus, mayoral declarations from Honolulu to Denver to Miami followed as has one from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.
Globally people in dozens of countries on six continents are committed to reading the Universal Peace Covenant. In Israel, Japan, Romania, Nepal, South Africa, Ghana, and Western Australia, members of the World Prayer Peace Society, the organization which promotes Peace Poles throughout the world, will organize group readings. "We received details of a full day program planned in The Gambia," Dr. Barbara Condron said. "The international reach of One Voice affirms that peace is an idea whose time has come.
"In 1996 when the School of Metaphysics began calling for a Universal Hour of Peace, King Hussein of Jordan was among the first people who responded favorably to our efforts. It was heartening to receive word from his son, King Abdullah II, particularly in light of the difficulties in the Middle East," Condron said. "Jordan's foreign ambassador contacted us by phone to extend their support of our present initiative."
Word is coming in daily of groups that plan to participate in the Peace Dome dedication. The City Montessori School in Luchnow, India, is one of these. Principal Jagdish Gandhi said, "We plan to have a Special Prayer Assembly for our students on October 11 to join (the School of Metaphysics) in spirit." Since Gandhi and his wife Bharti founded the school in 1959, it has flourished under their direction becoming the sole recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. "With 27,000 students," President of the School of Metaphysics Dr. Pam Blosser announced, "this will be a powerful message to send the world."
In the U.S., people will congregate for the Moment of Peace at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, at St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero in New York City, and the World Peace Bell in Newport, Kentucky will ring in the Moment of Peace.
For more information visit www.peacedome.org or contact School of Metaphysics world headquarters at 417-345-8411.