The Fountains United Methodist Church was honored to have Arun Gandhi as the keynote speaker at the dedication of its Peace Pole, September 26, 2009. Mr. Gandhi, the founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He was in the valley as part of the celebration of World Peace Day.
Mr. Gandhi dedicated the Peace Pole with a Sanskrit prayer chanted in Hindi. Some of those on hand included: the artist/creator of The Fountains’ Peace Pole, George Briani; Fountain Hills’ Mayor Jay Schlum; Carolyn Goldberg, President of Fountain Hills’ Beth Hagivot Jewish Congregation; and Chotzi Van Bemmel, representing Fountain Hills’ Church of the Ascension.
The Fountains’ Peace Pole was uniquely designed and crafted by member, George Briani and includes the phrase May Peace Prevail on Earth translated into six languages: Sanskrit, Yavapai, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and English.
The Peace Pole Project™ was started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in response to the bombings on Hiroshima. A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message, May Peace Prevail on Earth, in different languages on each of its four or six sides. Since the beginning of The Peace Pole Project™ more than 200,000 Peace Poles have been planted in more than 200 countries around the world. Adapted from www.peacepoles.com.