Today is a media day. We have only four weeks until Dedication Day. More and more I recognize it as a beginning. Certainly it will be an alpha and omega moment for us. Christine has been researching newspapers so we can let them know so they can let others know. Our fondest dream is that major newspapers around the world print the text of the Universal Peace Covenant so all can read it. Here in part is a press release we send out today:
For Immediate Release September 13, 2003
Global Participation Increases as Peace Dome Dedication Nears
Windyville, MO Ninety five volunteers from eight states recently gathered at the College of Metaphysics for a labor of love. Plans are underway for the dedication of the world’s first Peace Dome on October 11.
The large monolithic dome is located on the College of Metaphysics campus. College Chancellor Dr. Daniel Condron said, "We began building the Peace Dome in 2001 and events here and abroad in the past two years have verified its timely presence in our world." Free of any one political, cultural, or religious affiliation, the dome is intended to be a universal site for peace.
Friday evening Dr. Barbara Condron, Governor of International Education, led a visionary talk to a standing room only crowd on the first floor of the Peace Dome. Highlights of this evening were letters from people committed to reading the Universal Peace Covenant aloud at 1 p.m. (cdt) that Saturday during the Moment of Peace. Already several U.S. cities, including Independence, MO; Biloxi, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; and Denver, CO have issued proclamations.
"The initiative to unite people as One Voice of peace is already creating a worldwide grid of Light and Love connecting people on six continents," Dr. Condron said. "The world is responding because we are fulfilling our common ideal and purpose through the activity of building the world’s first Peace Dome."
From Africa to North America, Australia to Asia, people around the world have written with their support for the Peace Dome. A woman in Israel says, " . . . Infinite gratitude for your kind appeal, I will be honored to be part of this universal operation. We will have here a grand happening around the Sea of Galilee." In Argentina a gentleman says, "I am very glad you are summoning me for this important world encounter." From South Africa, "I would be honoured to join with you. That day I will be joining like minded people in Johannesburg for a special meditation and I will recite the Peace Covenant as well."
"All continents are represented except Antarctica," said media coordinator Christine Madar. "We are confident that as word continues to spread, this area of the world will be represented as well."
With Friday’s global vision fueling them, volunteers worked together the rest of the weekend to prepare for those traveling to the Peace Dome on October 11th. Many devoted time to landscape the Healing Wall, the site of an 18 foot relief map of the world where native stones and shells will be placed from all countries and oceans. Designer Paul Madar said, "Having pieces of Earth in one place will tangibly link humanity in thoughts of peace. We want every country represented."
Tiles forming the Peace Dome Mandala mosaic by Chicago artist Jay McCormick were laid on the first floor of the dome and plans were set for the labyrinth in the second floor chamber. Grounds of the campus were prepared by clearing pathways to the site of the gifting ceremonies on the 11th. A reflecting pond was built and will be the focal point for the continuous reciting of the Prayer for Peace led by Rev. Teresa Padilla on the day of the dedication.
Inside, a 45-page edition of Thresholds Annual completely devoted to the building of the Peace Dome was assembled and prepared for mailing to people in 27 countries.
Adjusting to unexpected rain showers, volunteers extended their stay on Sunday and Monday for a modern day barn raising. Nearly thirty people painted the two story building that houses large vehicles and groundskeeping equipment within a few hours.
Students and teachers in the School of Metaphysics, along with their families, preparing the grounds for the dedication included
The Peace Dome Dedication is the first time an event of this magnitude will be held at the College of Metaphysics. Volunteers will come together again the first week of October culminating in the dedication itself on Saturday. People are invited to the campus from dawn to dusk to participate in dedication day ceremonies. For more information on the Peace Dome visit www.peacedome.org or call 417-345-8411.
For further information & interviews contact: Dr. Barbara Condron or Christine Madar at 417-345-8411. School of Metaphysics, 163 Moon Valley Road, Windyville, MO 65783 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, at the Moon Valley Ranch where fifteen people are gathered, the dharmas revealed, described, and realized range from spontaneity to penance, security to conciliation, patience to efficiency. Listening to these detailed reports people begin to get a sense of what creates a whole functioning unit, be it a physical body or a group of people. Dharma is the duty we are to perform in the world. It is beyond what you think you're going to school for, what you do to earn a living, and can even transcend how you love to spend your time making money. Dharma is soul urge the powerful sense of what you are hear to do. People this weekend learn why certain areas of their life seem to work, and why others don't, and most importantly they learn how easy it is to change for the better. This is also a very satisfying weekend for all of us. People are so hungry to know their purpose and so very grateful to have light shed in this area. I realize as I meet with them tonight that what makes any group of people accomplish their common ideals is when everyone involved performs their dharma. When this is present, success is ensured.