PRESS RELEASE: World Peace and Prayer Day
June 6, 2019
For Immediate Release
World Peace and Prayer Day: Honoring Sacred Sites
June 18 - 21, 2019 – Fort Ancient, Ohio
(Lebanon, Ohio) - The 24th annual World Peace and Prayer Day, a multi-cultural honoring of sacred sites envisioned by the spiritual leader of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, is coming to Ohio June 18 - 21, 2019. This annual commemoration will bring attention to Indigenous Peoples' sacred sites in Ohio, inspire youth, and provide learning opportunities for educators, artists, faith-based and civic leaders, and all those concerned with the health of our environment.
In 1996, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, began conducting annual World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) ceremonies to encourage people of all faiths and all nations to offer prayers for the planet on the summer solstice, June 21st. Across cultures, the solstice is considered a powerful time to pray, especially at sacred sites. For the past 23 years, WPPD has been held at sites across the US and around the world. This year, the gathering comes to Ohio to honor the sites sacred to the Indigenous Peoples of this region. Faith Leaders from Australia, New Guinea, Japan, South Africa, South America, and Alaska will be joining Native faith leaders from across the county
The WPPD unifying message of “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer” is healing in these times when our world is hurting and communities are so divided. When so much of our daily news tells of separation, strife, and exploitation, WPPD promotes the unity and security that come from mutual concern, care, and respect. This will be a time to gather, to share what we know, to listen to each other’s stories, and to stand and pray together in right relationship with one another—and with our Mother Earth.
This event is free and open to the public!
Fort Ancient, just a few miles East of Lebanon, Ohio, has been chosen as the host site for this 4-day gathering. The Fort Ancient site has been used for many centuries by Indigenous Peoples as a place to gather together for spiritual ceremony. This event is hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition and Sierra Club. In the spirit of World Peace and Prayer Day, numerous partnering/sponsoring organizations are collaborating to help make this all possible, including The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, Dayton International Peace Museum, Christ Church Cathedral Native American Ministry Council, the Ohio Poor People's Campaign, Boonshoft Management, Wilmington College, and Antioch College.
For more about World Peace and Prayer Day: https://gcnativeamericancoalition.com/wppd2019
World Peace and Prayer Day, 2019 Schedule
June 18th (Tu)
Who We Are
The ceremonial fire is lit in the morning and will remain lit for the remainder of the 4-day gathering. All attending spiritual leaders and other organizational leaders will share stories of the challenges they are facing and what their communities and organizations are doing to create a better world.
June 19th (W)
Our Cultural Richness
Speakers from various walks of life have come to share their cultural traditions, showing the beautiful diversity of our human tapestry.
June 20th (Th)
Elders from Indigenous cultures and faith traditions have traveled from across the globe to share prophecies relevant to our times. Riveting performances by musical artists Opliam and Tukkiman will follow in the evening.
June 21st (F)
Honoring the Sacred in Prayer
An All-Faiths Prayer Circle will take place in the early morning during the solstice. The gathering will then relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio for a unity walk, "Water Connects Us All" across the Purple People Bridge. Followed by a blessing ceremony at the Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati and closing speakers discussing, "Sacred Sites, Sacred Places, the Sacredness of All."
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