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World Peace & Prayer Day 2017

Join with People Around the World for Peace and Celebration of Sacred Sites

This is the 22nd year of World Peace & Prayer Day (WPPD). Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the Founder of WPPD & Honoring Sacred Sites. Recognized as the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nations, he is the 19th Generational Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. In carrying out his commitment to interfaith cooperation, sacred site protection and cultural revival, Chief Looking Horse also lectures and offers prayers at the U.N., universities, conferences and symposiums around the world.
 
Since 1996, WPPD has been hosted at sacred sites in communities all over the world, including the Black Hills and Grey Horn Butte (Devils Tower), Mt. Fuji in Japan, Ireland, South Africa, Mexico City, New Zealand and Brazil. This year, the site for WPPD will be on Hawai Island, home to sacred sites including Mauna Kea and Kilauea.
 
Only a short time remains for us to return to our spiritual roots and begin to respect, honor and cherish our Mother - the Earth - on whom we depend for life itself. This is why the White Buffalo’s message of global peace, harmony and unity with all beings must be sent to the Four Directions. This is the need which WPPD was established to address.
 
In addition to a main gathering at a sacred site chosen each year, we encourage others to join us at their own sacred sites as well as in their churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of prayer. In so doing, they reconnect with the wisdom that all traditional cultures hold in common - our connection to each other and to the Earth in One Prayer.
 
Sacred sites hold unique geographical, spiritual, historical and mythological significance. These places of prayer are intended to unite people in peace but often have become places of power struggles and environmental destruction. The powerful energy of these sites magnifies our prayers to help create a stronger energy shift of healing upon Grandmother Earth. This is why protecting and restoring sacred sites is paramount to solve the Earth’s environmental crisis, and a major focus of WPPD.
 
WPPD 2017 is focused as always on protection of sacred sites and the Earth. In particular WPPD 2017 will focus on protection of water resources globally.
 
In June 2016, a deep connection was established between Chief Looking Horse and cultural practitioners from Hawai'i. All were in New York City for the arrival of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa, which had set sail from Hawaiʻi in 2014 on a worldwide voyage to explore and strengthen the global community working to protect our oceans and Island Earth.
 
Water Keepers from around the world brought vials of water to offer to the Hōkūleʻa voyagers, and shared stories from their homelands of water contamination and protection. It was then that the commitment was made to host WPPD on Hawaiʻi Island in June 2017.

In the words of Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and Kumu Hula, Pua Case, who has accepted the role of organizing on behalf of the host culture for June 21, 2017:
Mauna Kea, also known as Mauna a Wakea (Mountain of Sky Father), is a place where the heavens and earth converge. It’s regarded as a kupuna, a revered and respected elder, an ancestor. Mauna a Wakea is a sacred piko, the navel of Hawai’i situated in the middle of the Pacific as the tallest mountain in the world from the sea floor, its physical prominence stationed nearest to the heavens holds a spiritual significance for Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), a significance that can be expressed in likening this mountain to a sacred altar. This sacred mountain holds mana (spiritual and divine powers) and is a focal point of spiritual and cultural significance to connect with the ancestors, energy and life forces, as well as the ancestral realms. Mauna a Wakea is a place to connect in union with the divine Aloha of the Creator."
 
In addition to the main gathering at Mauna Kea on June 21, 2017, delegates and local leaders, cultural practitioners and supporters will gather at Volcanoes National Park for cultural presentations, discussions, storytelling and wisdom sharing sessions.
 
The gathering will allow participants to exchange traditional knowledge and current efforts on cultural and community issues with each other and the younger generation of leaders, bringing new possibilities and solutions home with them.
 
Meanwhile on Oahu, a week of festivities has been planned by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to welcome the Hōkūleʻa back to her home. During these events, the navigators and educators will talk about World Peace and Prayer Day and the crew will offer with prayers on June 21 at their sacred site: the ocean.
 
We also ask Hawai'i Church leaders and congregations to dedicate their church service on this weekend to World Peace and to join in the worldwide Prayer for Peace. Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu has agreed to dedicate its Sunday service on June 18 to World Peace & Prayer Day. If your faith community decides to host a special event, let us know!
 

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