Monday, September 21, 2015

Day 11: Peace Day

Happy Peace Day

Who will you make peace with on Peace Day?

7:30 am  UD YAC PEACE TEAM /MD International Club Pinwheel blessing 

8:30 AM  Service-:earning Classroom with a Cause: Places an appreciation token for teachers.  Teachers also received aromatherapy neck massages during peace week 2015

8:30-5:00 pm:  Peace World Village displayed at Wing.  Videos of Peace One Day and Opera's Belief available for viewing

Peace One Day
Belief Videos
Officer Dan is a Cheyenne
Every tribe has different beliefs

10:30 am Primary Division, Pinwheel Blessing

10:06-4:00 pm
Upper and Middle Division Advisories Visited the World Peace Village
300 animal cracker cups served to visitors, a dozen donuts, and 40 cookie bags.  352 Visitors

What is Peace One Day?  1 minute

Peace one day 35 minutes

 Spanish I Class views Peace One Day Video

Fifth Grade Spanish and French Classes leave answers to What will you do on Peace Day? Who will you make peace with after viewing Peace One Day Video.

The MD Peace Week Syrian refugee effort collected $1,313!   

Peace Day Pinwheel Challenge: Join Students Rebuildthe International Rescue Committee, Healing Classrooms and Global Nomads Group to help Syrian youth from conflict areas recover from crisis and grow into happy, healthy adults. For each pinwheel we send in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2—up to $400,000—to IRC’s Healing Classrooms program. The more pinwheels we send, the more children we’ll help!  The International Rescue Committee will distribute a selection of pinwheels to Healing Classrooms students in Lebanon and Iraq. Funding generated by the Challenge will train teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments. Learn more about Healing Classrooms. Make pinwheels at the Harper Wing or at home! Find template of Pinwheels at

After School visits World Peace Village

After School Care takes Oklahoma Forestry Department Seedlings to plant on Peace Day

Other viewing possibilities at the Wing during Peace Day 2015

Peace Day, Monday 21 September 2015  Kigali, Rwanda

2pm (local time) livestream:

Belief 1:50 minutes

BELIEF TRAILER – 7:11 minutes

Our OKC Observance of the International Day of Peace -- Monday, September 21st
Press Release for Healing the Breach
September 21, 2015, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Great Hall in University Center at Oklahoma City University
"Healing the Breach" 

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty will lead a community discussion on
Healing the Breach between law enforcement and minority groups as part of Oklahoma City's observance of the International Day of Peace. The event will be held on Monday, September 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Great Hall in the University Center at Oklahoma City University.
Rev. Jackson is the pastor of East Sixth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1139 NE 6th. He is the President of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a national organization of African-American Disciples of Christ. Rev. Jackson this summer organized an initiative called Organize the Corner-OKC to curb gun violence in northeast Oklahoma City.
Citty has been Oklahoma City's Chief of Police since 2003. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City, Citty began his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1977. He served as Public Information Officer during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building.
The program will be moderated by Rev. Don Heath, pastor of Edmond Trinity Christian Church. The event is free and open to the public.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 and is dedicated to world peace, specifically a reduction in war and violence. It was established in 1981 by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly and has been celebrated in Oklahoma City since 2008. The theme of this year's global event is Partnerships for Peace--Dignity for All.
The Oklahoma City event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City, the Center for Conscience in Action, the Respect Diversity Foundation, the Peace House, Pax Christi USA, Edmond Trinity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Joy Mennonite Church, Casady Schools Service-Learning Program, and Campaign Nonviolence.
More information may be found at ... 

 Secret Agent of Compassion
            Mission 011 - Sept 21, 2015

Good Morning Ambassadors of Compassion, my heralded team of Secret Agents!

Ten days ago I began these daily missions inviting you to identify how you are "hooked up" to external sources of positive energy and inspiration. As the days have passed, I have tried to introduce you to the idea that you can generate your own compassionate energy, that each of you are producers of positive power and not simply consumers.

To the people who have received your compassionate acts, it doesn't really matter whether they were inspired by some outside source, like the Dalai Lama, or whether they were generated from within you. If I share electricity with my neighbor, it doesn't matter whether I'm drawing it from the power grid of the electrical company or from my own rooftop electricity-producing solar panels. What's important is the sharing, the act.

On this, the final day of the Compassion Games, that is the key word: SHARING. It's what I hope you will consider today and all of the todays that follow.

Like the children's song "Magic Penny" that says when you give away love you end up having more, use the concept of sharing to see how true sharing actually increases the amount of what's most important: care, concern, warmth, and love. On the flip side, sharing hate and intolerance increases those things, too. As I hope you see, the aim of these missions is to help you consistently come from a place of compassion by helping you nurture your internal positive power source.

So today, share something positive and uplifting. Share a variety of things, including material things like a spoonful of your ice cream, physical things like a hug, and emotional or intellectual things like your undivided attention or your knowledge. Tune in to those things you regularly share but you might not normally notice you do.

Remember, should your actions or those of any of the Ambassadors of Compassion be exposed, it will increase the positive ripple effect of creating a kinder world. As such, I again ask you to report your activities on theCompassion Report Map. Consider including as much of your new awareness about sharing as you can.

Thank you, Ambassadors.

PS -- Note, if you're interested in receiving regular mailings from me on the subject of kindness outside of the Compassion Games, you can sign up for those here, and stay in regular touch with me via my Kind Living blog.

(For those of you working with children, the concept of sharing should be a familiar one. In the spirit of today's mission, however, see if you can help the children understand that in many ways people are constantly sharing a variety of things - among these are our attitudes, facial expressions, and tone of voice. What I am aiming at here is to help everyone learn how to come from a compassionate core so the energy we share is full of care, concern, warmth and love.)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Day 9: Freedom, Day 10 Disarmament

Good Morning Ambassadors!

Begin today by considering the "Butterfly Effect," the concept that something as seemingly insignificant as a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can impact the weather in another part. The flapping wings cause an atmospheric change that then sets off a series of events that ultimately leads to something significant happening. Like the butterfly effect, one small, kind act can set off a series of positive events.

As I have been telling you each day near the bottom of each post, promoting your compassionate acts helps with this. Each act starts its own ripple of positive energy so each act needs to be promoted in order to have the most benefit. Understanding this, at International Kindness Team Headquarters we have come to believe that it is not a few large acts of compassion that make the most difference. No, it's the tens of thousands of small acts that make the most positive change.

With this in mind, your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to complete a very, very small action of care, concern, warmth, or love that does not require a lot of you. Think of this action as being a minor tune-up on the engine of the universe. In its "small-ness" it may almost seem insignificant. But as a "tune-up" it is part of an ongoing maintenance effort that prevents a major problem from happening down the line.

If you take this concept into your heart, you will find that these small acts are not just compassionate things you do, they are an attitude you carry in all of your interactions, including with yourself. Thinking this way, every moment provides you an opportunity to start ripples of compassion.

Understanding this, I implore you to summarize your small act on theCompassion Report Map, to tweet it with the hashtag #CompassionGames2015, to post it on Facebook and other social media sites you use, and to sing it from your rooftops.

Let's get that Butterfly Effect going!

Good luck, ambassadors.

(This concept may be beyond the understanding of children, especially the youngest ones. Still, I encourage you to demonstrate the concept with a body of water and small pebbles. This can be something as small as a tub with only one or two inches of water. Allow the water surface to be still and then drop in a pebble, pointing out the ripples that radiate from the point the pebble entered the water. Show how the ripples spread, influencing more and more of the water. Then, see if you can help the children make the leap from water and pebbles to kind actions, thoughts and attitudes. Use your wisdom to help guide this process.)

Friday, September 18, 2015


Secret Agent of Compassion
            Mission 009 - Sept 19, 2015

Good Morning Ambassadors of Compassion!

There are three days left in this year's Compassion Games, but you surely know that there is no end to the importance of promoting care, concern, warmth, and love. As you begin your day today, visual your inner core of compassionate fuel as a warm ball of energy radiating out from you.

With your core radiating compassionate energy, engage intoday's mission, if you choose to accept it. Please reconnect with someone from your past. Consider this an opportunity to clean up some unfinished business or just a little push, even an excuse if you need it, to look up someone you'd like to see.

Start by thinking what it would be like for you to hear from someone who has lost touch with you, specifically someone you'd really like to hear from. Is it an old classmate, a distant friend, someone who has moved away, a relative? Having imagined that, think for whom you'd like to provide that kind of a positive surprise. Make a list of people you haven't seen for some time or those whom you miss. The list need not be long.

Next, choose one of these people and take steps to reach her/him. Any style of communication is fine but you will get more from this mission if it extends beyond Facebook, email, or voice mail to some kind of an exchange. If that act of connecting isn't a compassionate act in itself, then extend the action to include doing something kind for this person.

If you find this theme difficult or problematic, please feel free to interpret it another way. See if you can stick to the theme of reconnecting, though, perhaps by reconnecting to something other than a person from your past.

Understanding that the more we hear about the compassionate contributions of others, the more we are aware of the power of compassion, we at IKT HQ request that you report your activities on the Compassion Report Map!

Good luck, ambassadors.

(For ambassadors of compassion working with children, today's mission is an opportunity for you to help them understand the value and importance of tying up loose ends. While it's unlikely they'll have lost touch with someone in the same way most adults have, you may be able to help them acknowledge a friend or family member for a kindness that was extended to them. If so, my recommendation is you provide them the materials to create personalized Thank You cards to present to their chosen person.)