Dr. Ada Menakaya

Executive Director, UNESCO Center for Global Education Chief Operating Officer & NGO Representative at the UN

Maria L. Vargas

Executive Director, Latin Affairs of the Universal Peace federation for World Peace - NGO at the UN

Sumati Bates

Singer & Co-ordinator, Moon Kirtan-IYI

Dances by Inma, Shaina, Bryan, Flute by Sunder Das & Spiritual Songs by Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir!

Sajith Kumar Nair

Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community

Imam Dr. Shamsi Ali

NGO Representative at the UN & President, Nusantara Foundation

World Peace Festival - 2017 
Program:


Art Show by Anand Patole & Art for Peace by Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan will be held from 3pm to 6pm


3:00pm: Welcome Speech by Guru Anand Veetarag (Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community-WYC)


3:05pm: Opening ceremony by Guru Dileepji Maharaj and other clergy/spiritual/community leaders


3:10pm: Native American Prayer with "PanEuRhythmy" Group Dance led by Grandmother Bishop Lygia DeCastro (Native American Elder from Yupy Guarani Tribe, Brazil) accompanied by Dr. Svetla Kalcheva (Violin)


3:25pm: Jewish Prayer & Message on H. H. Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman by Cantor Rev. Judith Steel (Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community-WYC)


3:30pm: Hindu Prayer and Message on H. H. Swami Sivananda Saraswati Maharaj by Prem Sadasivananda (Founder, Vidya-samyogah)


3:35pm: Panel Discussion on “Peace” (5-7 minutes / each presenter)
Panelists:
1. Ghandikota Aryama (Advisor, Sarva Dharma Service Center)
2. Dr. Ada Menakaya (Executive Director, UNESCO Center for Global Education Chief Operating Officer & NGO Representative at the UN)
3. Dr. Sarah Sayeed (Senior Advisor, Community Affairs Unit of the NYC Office of the Mayor)
4. Michael Shewchuk (Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations)
5. Swami Muktananda Yati (Founder, One-World School of Vedanta)
6. Q&A


4:10pm: Interfaith Prayers (2 minutes / each clergy leader)
1. Oneness - Brother Oneness Raj Bhushan Esq.
2. African Tradition - Dr. Remi Alapo (Founder, Institute for Peace and Leadership)
3. Interfaith - Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan (Dean, All Faiths Seminary International)
4. Christian/African Tradition - Dr. Drissa Ena Kone (Chaplain & Director of Student Life, Unification Theological Seminary)
5. Islam / Turkish Tradition - Imam Dr. Ahmet M. Atlig (Chaplain, VA Medical Center)
6. Spanish Tradition - Maria L. Vargas (Executive Director, Latin Affairs of the Universal Peace federation for World Peace - NGO at the UN & United Nations International Civil Servant (Retd.)
7. Ananda Tradition - Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta (Ananda Marga)
8. Unification - Rev. Beryl Green (Chairperson, Womens Federation for World Peace-NYC Chapter)
9. Islam / Bangla Tradition - Imam Muhammad Shahidullah (President, Interfaith Center, USA)
10. Hindu Prayer - Swami Parameshananda (Executive member of CSVGC-NY (Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY) and the Religious NGO Committee at the United Nations)
11. Buddhism - Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Kenjitsu Nakagaki (President of the Buddhist Council of New York)
12. Interfaith - Rev. Susana Bastarrica (Founder, The Vigil for Peace & Ecology, United Nations International Civil Servant (Retd.)


4:40pm: Music Meditation (Flute) by Sundar Das Ruben Giron


4:50pm: Spiritual Songs - “Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir” led by Pastor Frank Haye (Founder, Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir)


5:00pm: Dance by Rev. Shaina Branfman & Bryan Strimpel (Co-Directors, BS Movement/Baira) & & Guruji


5:05pm: Bhajans/Kirtan - led by Prem Sadasivananda, Sumati Bates, Greg Cross, Emiliano Garcia, Guruji and chorus + All musicians


5:25pm: Peace Messages / Greetings / Felicitations (3 minutes / each presenter)
Imam Dr. Shamsi Ali (NGO Representative at the UN & President, Nusantara Foundation)
Shri. Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor, UN Women, United Nations)
Message from the New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio by Dr. Sarah Sayeed (Senior Advisor, Community Affairs Unit of the NYC Office of the Mayor)


5:35pm: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” song by Robert E. Hall & team


5:40pm: Interfaith Award Ceremony by H. E. Ambassador Isaiah Z. Chabala (Former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations), Guruji, Anandji, Judima, Sajith Nair, advisory board members from the World Yoga Community and past awardees.
Note: We will be announce names of all awardees at the event!


5:50pm: Birthday Celebration


5:55pm: Group photo


6:00pm: Potluck Party!

Dr. Sarah Sayeed

Senior Advisor, Community Affairs Unit, Office of the Mayor, New York City

Swami Parameshananda
Executive member of CSVGC-NY & and the Religious NGO Committee at the United Nations

Michael Shewchuk

Legal Officer,

 Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations

Cantor Rev. Judith Steel

Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community

Imam Muhammad Shahidullah

President,

Interfaith Center, USA

Rev. Beryl Green 

Chairperson,

Women's Federation for World Peace-NYC Chapter

Sundar Das Ruben Giron

Musician

(Flute)

Pastor Frank Haye

Founder,

Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

Bryan Strimpel

Dancer & Co-Director, 
BS Movement

Brother Oneness

Raj Bhushan Esq.

Advisor,

World Yoga Community

Grandmother Bishop

Lygia DeCastro

Advisor,

World Yoga Community

Dr. Drissa Ena Kone

Chaplain & Director of Student Life, Unification Theological Seminary

Rev. Susana Bastarrica

Founder,

The Vigil for Peace  &  Ecology, United Nations International Civil Servant (Retd.)

Rajendra Chauhan

Musician

Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Kenjitsu Nakagaki 

President of the Buddhist Council of New York

Dr. Remi Alapo

Founder,

Institute for Peace and Leadership

Acarya

Abhiramananda Avadhuta

Secretary, 

Ananda Marga, USA

Imam Dr. Ahmet M. Atlig

Chaplain,

VA Medical Center

Emiliano Garcia

Musician

Swami Muktananda Yati 

Founder,

One-World School of Vedanta

Sri. Prem Sadasivananda

Founder,

Vidya-samyogah

Ghandikota Aryama

​Advisor,

Sarva Dharma Service Center

Rev. Amy Hink

WYC-Event Committee

Board Members, Special Guests, Clergy Leaders, Musicians, Dancers and Singers!

Yogi Premdas

WYC-Event Committee

Shaina Branfman

Dancer & Co-Director, 
BS Movement

H. E. Ambassador

Isaiah Z. Chabala

Former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations

Robert E. Hall

Singer

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan

Dean,

All Faiths Seminary International

Sri. Ravi Karkara

Senior Advisor,

UN Women,

United Nations

World Peace Festival - 2017

Bhagavan Sree Krishna Jayanthi Celebration

161st Annual Jayanthi Day Celebration for Sree Narayana Guru

130th Annual Jayanthi Day Celebration for Swami Sivananda Saraswati 

​7th Annual "Samadhi Day" Celebration for Rabbi Dr. Joseph Gelberman

Jayanthi (Birth Day) Celebration for Guru Dileepji

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 3pm - 6pm

Admission: By Donation





Venue: 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA

Agenda 

Mantra for World Peace * Interfaith Prayers * Panel Discussion * Meditation

Bhajans * Music * Dance * Kirtan * Art Show * Award Ceremony * Potluck Party

Organized by

World Yoga Community Inc.

(Not-For-Profit-Organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status)

Guru L. Anand Patole

Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community

World Yoga Community

Events & Festivals