12th annual Symphony of Peace Prayers
May 15, 2016, 10:00 ~ 14:00 (Japan time)
Fuji Sanctuary, Japan
Please note: The broadcast will begin at 10:00 am with a brief introduction to Fuji Sanctuary and the SOPP. The event itself will begin at 10:15.
The Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP) is a global event in which people from different faiths and cultures come together to pray for peace on earth. It has been held annually since May 2005 at Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
In the first part of the program, prayer leaders from a variety of faiths and spiritual traditions lead participants in prayers for peace representing their respective traditions. Everyone joins in offering the prayers of different faiths, creating a beautiful symphony of prayers and transcending boundaries of faith and culture.
The second half of the program is a prayer ceremony calling for peace in each country and region on earth using the national flag of each country. 194 colorful national flags are graciously presented on stage as participants pray, “May peace be in (name of country)” in the country’s national language(s).
Soul of WoMen
This year, the SOPP includes a special program to support the Fuji Declaration’s Soul of WoMen Global Campaign. This campaign calls on women and men in communities worldwide to activate the ‘divine feminine’ for a more balanced human society. Its purpose is to elevate the status and dignity of women around the world, and to restore the feminine energies often lacking in our society, while redefining and harmonizing the true masculine archetype.
This campaign is being launched to mark the first anniversary of the Fuji Declaration, which was inaugurated at the SOPP in 2015. For more information and to support the campaign, please visit http://fujideclaration.org/soulofwomen.
SOPP Around the World
Over the past 10 years, the SOPP has spread throughout the world, with more than one million people in over 50 countries taking part in SOPP ceremonies and prayer gatherings. This year again, large numbers of people will gather in locations across the globe on or near May 15, linking their hearts and minds with the people and prayers at Fuji Sanctuary.
Learn more about the SOPP at http://www.symphonyofpeaceprayers.com.