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Eighty peace ambassadors from 12 states convened this past weekend at the Peace Dome on the campus of the College of Metaphysics. They discussed plans for the annual One Voice, an effort to unite people in every time zone during a "universal hour of peace." A highlight of the meeting was the posting of new proclamations from governmental leaders.
The first governor to proclaim the Universal Hour of Peace for 2006 is Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan. The proclamation states, "Whereas global crisis impel all citizens to work toward converting humanity’s noblest aspirations for world peace into a practical reality for future generations; the State of Michigan does hereby proclaim December 31, 2005, 11:30 pm to 12:30 am local time, as an hour of Peace in Michigan." A proclamation from Thomas J. Vilsak, the governor of Iowa, was received the day of the conference. Proclamations from mayors received thus far include the cities of Lexington and Lousiville, Kentucky, and Urbana, Illinois.
For the past ten years, world and local leaders and organizations have been agreeing to participate in this hour of "peaceful co-existence between nations," says Linda Yeingst, Peace Ambassador in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first Universal Hour of Peace coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.
Lining the walls of the Peace Dome, located on the College of Metaphysics campus in Windyville, state proclamations received through the years are posted along with letters from people like King Hussein I of Jordan, President Mary Robinson of Ireland, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India. "This year we have received more letters from the leaders of other countries than any previous year," said Dr. Barbara Condron, an initiator of the effort, "including H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the President of the Philippines."
"The idea of the Universal Hour of Peace is that we choose our thoughts and our actions," Yeingst explains. "The more people give their attention and love to each other, the better the world will become. We are striving to create the changes humanity wants to see in the world by stimulating the highest thought in people."
"The effort crosses all governmental, economic, religious, and cultural boundaries appealing to what all people have in common," Condron adds.
What do people do during an hour of peace? "Most spend time with loved ones, praying, talking, sharing," Yeingst says. "We encourage people around the world to read the Universal Peace Covenant, a 577-word treatise on peace written in 1997." Locally in the Peace Dome the covenant is repeatedly read by students and citizens as each time zone welcomes a new year.
Some come from across the country to be a part of the event. "It is humanity unifying as ‘One Voice’ for what they truly desire," says Kelley Naylor, local Peace Ambassador for the College of Metaphysics. "I am the kind of person who likes to do things instead of talk about them, lots of people are, and this is an amazing opportunity for anyone who believes that humanity is more than what we see in the news."
According to Naylor the proclamations and pledges are proof that people agree. She says the goal at the Peace Dome is to receive a proclamation from every state in the nation. "This is a great way to show patriotism and support to our people overseas." Proclamations from past years can be viewed online at www.peacedome.org .
The Universal Peace Covenant is available online in several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian, and English, or a printed copy can be procured through contacting the College of Metaphysics. The covenant is presently being translated into Japanese, German and French.
The Universal Hour of Peace is one of many educational outreaches of the School of Metaphysics, a 501(c)3 educational institute, headquartered in Dallas County.
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