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May 16, 2011 — Did you know that if you have a happy friend, you’re 15% more likely to be happy? And if your happy friend has a happy friend — who you don’t even know — you’re going to be an extra 10% happier? How can it be that people we don’t even know influence our happiness?  

These were some of the ideas discussed in Newark, New Jersey at a Peace Summit that brought experts from all over the world to talk about how to make the world a better place.

The most famous speaker was a man called the Dalai Lama (sounds like Dolly Lama), a 75-year old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Tibetan monk who says his religion is Kindness. Tibetans believe he is Holy.  But for all of the Dalai Lama’s accolades and hard work on the serious subject of Peace, he has a wonderful presence, a warm smile, and is very funny.

In the Dalai Lama’s view, having peace in the world starts inside each of us. He said if we’re peaceful inside ourselves first, then it’s easier to be peaceful toward others. So, how do you do that when your brother or sister annoys you, or you’re have a bad day? He understands the potential for conflict is always there, but he said it’s about how we handle it. Talking situations through patiently and kindly is the answer, he said.

He also said, you don’t have to like someone’s actions, but that doesn’t mean you should have bad feelings about them as a person. He said that’s an important distinction to make.

He added that adults have a lot to learn from children. Children, he said, generally forgive each other and get back to being friends quickly.

The youngest speaker at the event was an 11-year old, 5th grader from Newark who said that Peace wasn’t just one quality, that it included many qualities such as loving and caring, and that it takes work. She also urged that bullying stop.

However it’s defined, most agreed that Peace was more than just the absence of violence, but that absence of violence was a good place to start.

What does Peace mean to you? I would love to hear from you.


This reflective campfire “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” is an opportunity to think about what Peace means to you and what we can do as individuals to be vessels of peace.

Peace be with all of you during this month of November.

 

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Campfire Planning Sheet

PROMOTE PARTICIPATION, FUN & FRIENDSHIP

 

Date:

November ___, 2012

 

 

Campfire Leader:

___________________________________

 

 

Campfire Theme:

Let There Be Peace On Earth

 

 

Time Allowed:

45 minutes

 

 

Official Opening:

Prologue for Peace Opening

 

Dutch Fire Opening

 

Let Us Sing Together (4-Part Round)

 

 

Well Known Songs:

I Can Make A Difference – Dorothy Lind

 

The World Song – Gavin Ewart

 

 

Round Songs:

Oh, How Lovely Is The Evening (3-Part Round)

 

Love (4-Part Round)

 

 

Part Songs:

Dona Nobis Pacem (3-Parts)

 

 

Fun / Action Songs:

Deep and Wide

 

Hey, Hey, Hey, Jubilee Hey – Sri Lanka

 

 

Quieter Songs:

One Tin Soldier - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

 

Blowing In The Wind – Bob Dylan

 

Everyone Knows It

 

 

Story:

Story of the Peace Crane by Danuse Murty

 

 

Spiritual:

Let There Be Peace On Earth – Sy Miller & Jill Jackson

 

Sing Hosanna!

 

 

Vespers & Taps:

Russian Vesper - Russia

 

Taps

 

 

Prologue for Peace Opening

           

We are the children of the earth
From which we were all created;
Through which we were all nourished;
For which we were all responsible.

 

We are people in Community,
With those in the past who have nurtured
The flames and vision of peace and justice;

 

With those in our present who persevere in the
Hope for the continuity of Life;
With those in the future who will, one day,
Celebrate the Oneness of the world.

 

We are here today because of a dark past whose memories will not let us go;
We are here today because the agonizing cries of a people caught in the fires of war must never be stilled;

 

We are here today to say with the people of compassion everywhere,
No more Hiroshimas! No more Nagasakis! No more Hibakushas!

 

And so with kindred spirits gathered here and there and everywhere, remembering a destructive past, resolving a constructive present,
and seeking a creative future

 

We say:

 

LET US TOUCH THE EARTH AND LET US TOUCH ONE ANOTHER,
AND KNOW THAT WE ARE IN SOLIDARITY NOT ONLY WITH
WHERE WE STAND;
AND WITH THOSE WHO ARE AROUND US,
BUT ARE ALSO IN UNITY WITH THOSE WHO, TODAY FALL VICTIMS TO THE INSTRUMENTS OF WAR AND THE ARROGANCE OF POWER-HUNGARY NATIONS;

 

Let us touch the earth and let us touch one another,
And know that we possess the gifts and the sources of a Holy Power with which to create the instruments of Peace and a human place of caring and compassion;

 

LET US TOUCH THE EARTH AND LET US TOUCH ONE ANOTHER,
AND KNOW THAT WE SHARE ALL ON THIS PLANET A COMMON DESTINY OVER WHICH WE HAVE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY.

 

Our credo for Peace was born in choices made for us a long, long time ago, imbedded in the essence of what it means to be human and to know that we are called to affirm

Life over Death,
Peace over War,
Creation over Destruction.

 

LET IT BE SO FOR THIS GENERATION AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME;
LET IT BE THAT WHEN WE TOUCH THE EARTH AND TOUCH ONE ANOTHER, WE WILL GENERATE, NOT A WAR TO END ALL LIFE, BUT WILL IGNITE THE SPARK
GIVING BIRTH TO NEW LIFE, AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISES OF PEACE!

 

 

Dutch Fire Opening

 

The wood has all been brought,

The fire is burning brightly,

The smoke soars up

Our circle is completed.

Our campfire is open.

 

"The wood has all been brought" - girls all kneel on right knee in campfire circle and both hands out, palms up.

 

"The fire is burning brightly" - hold hands out as though warming them at the fire.

 

"The smoke soars up" - rise gracefully to feet, at the same time raising hands slowly to a position straight above heads.

 

"Our circle is completed" - lower hands until they rest around shoulders of the girls on either side.

 

"Our campfire is open" - all turn to the right - pointing with the left hand towards the fire (not straight out from the body but slightly downward, use whole hand, palm turned up slightly.)

 

 

Let Us Sing Together (4-Part Round)

 

Let us sing together, let us sing together,

One and all a joyous song.

Let us sing together; one and all a joyous song.

 

Let us sing again and again, let us sing again and again,

Let us sing again and again, one and all a joyous song.

 

           

I Can Make a Difference – Dorothy Lind

 

I can make a difference, yes I can;

I can be a friend and lend a hand;

I can make a choice and take a stand,

And I can change the world!  Oh,

 

I can make a difference; yes I can;

I can be a friend and lend a hand;

I can make a choice to take a stand,

And I can change the world!

 

You can make a difference, yes it’s true;

You can choose the things you say and do;

You can help the earth and people too,

And you can change the world!  Oh,

 

You can make a difference, yes it’s true;

You can choose the things you say and do;

You can help the earth and people too,

And you can change the world.

 

We can make a difference if we try;

We can work together, you and I;

We can do our part so by and by

We can change the world!  Oh,

 

We can change it;

Yes, we can change it.

 

 

The World Song – Gavin Ewart

 

The way is clear as we march on and see our flag on high

Is ever furled throughout the world for hope shall never die

We must unite for what is right in friendship true and strong

Until the earth in its rebirth shall sing our song, shall sing our song

 

All those who loved the true and good

Whose promises were kept

With humble minds whose acts were kind

Whose honor never slept

These were the free and we must be

Prepared like them to live

To give to all both great and small

All we can give, all we can give.

 

 

Oh, How Lovely is the Evening (3-Part Round)

 

Oh, how lovely is the evening, is the evening.

When the bells are sweetly ringing, sweetly ringing.

Ding, dong, ding, dong.

 

 

Love (4-Part Round)

 

Love, love, love, love

Christians this is your call.

Love your neighbor as yourself

For God loves us all.

 

 

Dona Nobi Pacem (3-Part Song)

 

Melody                  

Dona nobis pacem, pacem;

Dona nobis, pacem.

 

Part 1 

Dona nobis pacem;

Dona nobis, pacem.

 

Part 2

Dona nobis pacem;

Dona nobis, pacem.

 

 

Deep and Wide

 

Deep and wide, deep and wide

There's a fountain flowing deep and wide

Deep and wide, deep and wide

There's a fountain flowing deep and wide.

 

Actions:

 

Deep:  put one hand above the other and spread them apart, as

if to show how deep.

Wide:  spread your hands out.

Fountain:  put your hands next to each other, and starting at

your stomach, move them up towards your head.

Flowing:  move your hands back and forth in front

of you like a ripple.

 

 

Hey, Hey, Hey, Jubilee Hey – Sri Lanka

 

Hey, hey, hey! Jubilee hey!

Hey, hey, hey! Jubilee hey!

Ju-ba, ju-ba-ko, ju-ba, ju-ba-ko

Ju-ba, ju-ba-ko-ba-ko

Ju-ba, ju-ba-ko hey!

 

Actions:

 

3 claps right; 3 claps left.

3 finger snaps right; 3 finger snaps left.

3 high snaps; 3 low snaps.

Chorus – Slap knees; Clap; Snap fingers; Clap.

 

 

One Tin Soldier - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

 

Listen children to a story that was written long ago   

'Bout a kingdom on a mountain and the valley far below

On the mountain was a treasure buried deep beneath the stone

And the valley people swore they'd have it for their very own.

 

Chorus:       

Go ahead and hate your neighbour, go ahead and

cheat a friend.

Do it in the name of heaven, you can justify it in the end 

There won't be any trumpets blowing, come the judgment day

On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.

 

So the people of the valley sent a message up the hill

Asking for the buried treasure, tonnes of gold for which they'd kill

Came an answer from the mountain, with our brothers we will share

All the riches of our mountain, all the treasure buried there.


So the valley cried with anger, mount your horses draw your swords

And they killed the mountain people so they won their just rewards

Now they stood beside the treasure on the mountain dark and red

Turned the stone and looked beneath it: "Peace on Earth" was all it said.

 

 

Blowing in the Wind – Bob Dylan

 

How many roads must a man walk down?

Before they call him a man

How many seas must a white dove sail

Before she sleeps in the sand

How many times must the cannon balls fly?

Before they're forever banned.

 

Chorus:       

The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

 

How many years can a mountain exist

Before they're washed to the sea

How many years can some people exist

Before they're allowed to be free

How many times can a man turn his head?

And pretend that he just doesn't see.


How many times must a man look up?

Before he reaches the sky

How many ears must one man have?

Before he can hear people cry

How many deaths will it take till he knows?

That too many people have died.

 

 

Everyone Knows It

 

Everyone knows it, but how can you show it

That love is a wonderful thing.

Try to believe it, and then you will live it

And see what the future will bring.

 

Chorus:  

A-a-a-a-a-a-ah.

Everyone knows it, but how can you show it

That love is a wonderful thing.

 

Laughter or crying, there's no use denying

That love holds each life in its hands.

So, do what you can to be living in harmony,

Meeting what love may demand.

 

You've got a lot of it, so you must share it,

Proving that love isn't cold.

Give it to everyone, don't miss out anyone.

They'll give it back threefold.

 

 

Story of the Peace Crane by Danuse Murty

 

The origami crane has become an international symbol of peace, a Peace Crane, through the sad but inspiring life story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki.

 

Sadako was born in 1943 in Hiroshima, Japan.  She was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on the 6th of August, 1945.  Following that Sadako seemed to continue growing up into a happy and healthy girl.  In the 6th grade, she was one of the fastest runners in her school and her dream was to become a physical education teacher.

 

But towards the end of November, 1954, Sadako caught a little cold and lumps developed on her neck and behind her ears, swelling her face as if she had the mumps.  Sadako was soon diagnosed with Leukemia, which people in Japan called “the atom bomb” disease.  In February, she entered the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital.

 

In August, while in the hospital, she was shown colorful paper cranes and told an old Japanese legend, which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish.  Sadako hoped that by folding the paper cranes she would get well again.  So she began making the cranes and completed over 1000 of them before dying October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.

 

While making the cranes also wished and helped towards world peace:

“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”  (Sadako Sasaki)

 

Her classmates felt deeply sad to loose their dear friend.  They discussed what they could do for her, and came up with the idea of building a monument to Sadako and all the children killed by the atom bomb.  Young people all over Japan helped collect money for the project.  In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park.

 

The children also made a wish that is inscribed at the bottom of the statue and reads:

“This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.”

 

Since then, people all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to the Sadako’s monument in Hiroshima, in memory of Sadako and all children killed through wars.

 

The story of Sadako and peace monument has inspired many people around the world to work towards peace and to protect the seriously threatened Red-Crowned Crane on which the origami crane and the Japanese legend are based.

 

Cranes are among the species at the top of a wetland ecological pyramid and hence they are more vulnerable to extinction.  Health of the crane population is often a good indicator of the health of the whole wetland ecosystem.

 

Fulfilment of prayers and wishes for world peace depends on a healthy natural environment.  Protecting our natural environment is a sign of true wisdom, since our health and peace depend on it.

 

 

Let There Be Peace on Earth – Sy Miller & Jill Jackson

 

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.


Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow:

To live each moment and love each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

 

 

Sing Hosanna!

 

Give me oil for my lamp, keep it burning

Give me oil for my lamp I pray

Give me oil for my lamp, keep it burning

Keep it burning till the light of day

 

Chorus:  

Sing Hosanna, sing Hosanna

Sing Hosanna till the break of day

Sing Hosanna, sing Hosanna

Sing Hosanna till the break of day

 

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Give me joy in my heart I pray

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Keep me praising till the break of day


Give me peace in my heart keep me resting

Give me peace in my heart I pray

Give me peace in my heart keep me resting

Keep me resting till the break of day


Give me love in my heart keep me serving

Give me love in my heart I pray

Give me love in my heart keep me serving

Keep me serving till the break of day

 

 

Russian Vesper – Russia

 

Now on land and sea descending brings the night its peace profound.

Let our vesper hymn be blending with the holy calm around.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

 

Soon as dies the sunset glory, stars of heav’n shine out above;

Telling still the ancient story, their Creator’s changeless love.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

As the darkness deepens o’er us, lo, eternal stars arise;

Hope and faith and love rise glorious, shining in the spirit’s skies.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen.

 

 

Taps

 

Day is done, Gone the sun,

From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.

All is well, Safely rest.  God is nigh.

Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.