The 29th annual
World Peace Day
Heart of Joy
as we continued to move forward into this long-awaited era of enlightened consciousness.
We gathered Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 6 a.m., greeted by the glowing luminarias lining the walkways to Central Reform Congregation. Inside the foyer we were welcomed by flickering candles, and the presence of angels, along with banners, wind chimes and other decorations adding to the welcoming beauty of the setting.
Talented and well-known artist Jeane Vogel once again brought her peace flag project "Dare to Touch the Face of God" to the celebration. Guests were invited to put their personal prayers for peace on a flag that will end up sending its vibrations out into the world as it waves in the wind. You can visit Jeane's web site at www.daretotouchthefaceofgod.com or her Facebook page of the same name. Local celebrity Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II warmed our welcome with the melodious sounds of flute, drum and chant.
Congregants greeted friends or sat in silent meditation as the sounds of morning songbirds filled the sanctuary.
The musical line-up featured the mystical sounds of Robert Fishbone on shofar, gong, and drum, the musical artistry of John MacEnulty on Native American flute, the magical energy of Maggid Georgy Rock, joined musically by Mr. Dill, the musical wizardry of vocalist/guitarist Tim Mead, accompanied by Charlie on drums, and the bells and drums of JOIA World Percussion Ensemble. The warm & wonderful Rabbi Randy Fleisher welcomed congregants to Shabbot Shalom, (shelter of peace) at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway), in St. Louis' Central West End, where we hold the event. Green Jean Ponzi, of KDHX fame, who oversees the creation and placement of the luminaries, regaled us with her exuberant wisdom regarding caring for the Earth, and event organizer Jeannie Breeze once again led the meditation, accompanied by the heavenly vibrations created by Sound Healing artist, Patti Pellerito, on Tibetan singing bowls and steel tongue drums. Doors opened at 5:00 a.m. before the 6 a.m. service, and, as always, a pot-luck breakfast followed.
This universal faith gathering is always FREE and OPEN to ALL! Your love donations are invited to support the continuation of this fabulous event.
Please visit the page "How you can help support this event" to find out how to contribute to this wonderful event. And make plans to attend the fundraiser at the Garden of Life Spiritual Center.
Thanks to all who help make this event possible: to all the musicians, to those who share spoken word, to Central Reform Congregation and its staff, to all the donors whose generosity enables this event to continue, to our co-sponsors The Healthy Planet, Pathfinder, and Spirit Seeker Magazines, and to all of you who attend each year!
Peace be with you!