Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 Earth Day Message - International Iceality Day

Growing Together with Ambassador Renate

Today, the ARK in Berea, Ambassador Renate and David joins people all over the world in celebrating Earth Day. We at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) know that all of our supporters treasure the myriad of animals, people and ecosystems scattered across our planet, and hope that as part of your Earth Day observances you are inspired to find ways Iceality can make a positive change on the Earth  for All the Worlds Children.

2016 Earth Day Message from Ambassador Renate
There is a song done by Lorne Green called the ‘Place Where I worship is the Wide Open Spaces’ where the base line rises and dances with the treble that descends and then mirrors it with the words…’built by the hands of the Lord’. It is a piece that could also be known as a hymn called the Iceality Song. I am humming it now as I sit on ‘Big Rock’ over looking the river at the ARK in Berea and writing this morning's story for Earth Day.

This past year, recovering from Cancer, I have explored the Earth, finding fossils washed out of the Rocky River, observing life moving across the Urth Island, and these past few weeks watching the return of steel head trout heading up stream to spawn. I have seen Canadian Geese building their nests and have looked up at the sky and have been amazed at what has always been there above but we've never recognized, and in it all have found something about me.

Map of Historic ARK in Berea, 44017
Now that I think about it, there should be an International Iceality Day that would be more encompassing in its scope than any other celebration on the international calendar. Iceality Day would be a day of potential, especially for All the Worlds Children. It is not about something 'other', but something we can celebrate and hold as part of ourselves. It is as intimate as Earth Day is for the Plants and Animals and International Peace Day is for the Human's but more encompassing in its scope than any other celebration on the calendar. It is about US as much as it is about the Animals, Fish, and Birds, about the Plants and Trees, Land and Waters. There is no escaping the Planet Earth. Very few have done it and never for long. The two astronauts that are on the International Space Station are going to be off the Earth for a year; the longest time anyone has spent away from our planet yet…so the universal symbol of peace, the WCPM is ready for Peace in Space.
Preaching for the Earth isn't always the way to go. This is not to say that there are not issues we need to look at and examine. There are. But we cannot see them until we look for ourselves. There is something that Benjamin Franklin wrote that said: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." All we can ask is for people to give it a look, a few minutes, the length of time of a favorite song. See what it is all about. We can treat nature as something outside us, outside the windows and doors of our homes, but it is Iceality, it is All of Us.

Earth Day seems like a good day to say thank you to all the people who support the Worlds Children from this last year. I thank you for spending your time with us. And thanks, Earth, for letting us get to know you. We look forward to getting to know you better and better.
Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)
"Happy Earth Day, everyone. And remember to thank Mother Gaia for her most amazing bounty: All The Worlds Children"  Ambassador Renate.

Monday, March 28, 2016

'WORLDWIDE CANDLELIGHT PEACE and PRAYER Vigil' for the Victims and Family's of Violence

All the Worlds Children are invited to hold a 'WORLDWIDE CANDLELIGHT PEACE and PRAYER Vigil' for the Victims and Family's of Violence - especially those in the recent attacks in Belgium and Pakistan.

ARK in Berea (ICEAnews) – With the terrible reality of this weekend’s Lahore bombing still sinking in, All the Worlds Children are gathering on Facebook this evening to pray and to light a candle in Solidarity with the people of Pakistan and Belgium.
“Collectively we will all share our Light and Love to those who need it the most.” Ambassador Renate.
“Given the many people the world over that still have family back in Belgium and Pakistan, that are seeing the terrible pictures after this months bombing have left many people horrified beyond words, so this is a gesture of Iceality in action”, says Ambassador Renate along with Baba Brohi, Pakistan Peace Emissary of Pakistan World Peace Daily, which is hosting this evening’s vigil and Ms Julia Roberts, WCPM Advocate of Lahore, Pakistan along with Kainat Khan, Pakistan Youth Peace Ambassador.

“Namaste, the importance is to hold a prayer, to pray to the almighty God, to help the families, to support the families, who have lost their loved ones,” says Baba Brohi.

He says the event is about praying for the victims and their families. “We are trying to remember all the victims and bring all their friends and families together with All the other Worlds Children, to morally support the families of the victims,” says Baba Brohi.
“This is a Peace Vigil for all of Humanity, especially those who are the most vulnerable in our Society, All the Worlds Children” says Julia Roberts

“Whether blasts happen in Pakistan, Brussels, Saudia, France, Syria or in any other country of the world it kills humanity. So if we want to save the Earth we have to save Humanity, We have to work on Peace,” says Kainat Khan, Pakistan Youth Peace Ambassador
• The March 22 bombing in Brussels, left more than 30 people dead and more than 200 wounded after explosions two blasts hit the international airport; another struck a metro station.
• The March 27 Easter bombing in Lahore, which killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds, has been condemned by Muslim groups all over the province.

The vigil will take place on Sunday April 3, 2016
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
all over the World

Ambassador Renate calls Pakistan Easter Bombing 'Heinous'

At least 70 people were killed and more than 300 wounded after a terror attack in Pakistan

ARK in Berea (ICEAnews)  – In what she calls ‘heinous’, Ambassador Renate is condemning the Easter bombing of Christians in Lahore, Pakistan.
In a tweet, Ambassador Renate Jakupca says her thoughts and prayers are with all those killed or injured in the bombing yesterday at a park in Lahore that was crowded with families, with many women and children among the victims.
At least 70 people were killed and more than 300 wounded.
A breakaway Taliban faction that has publicly supported the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, saying it targeted Christians celebrating Easter but most of those killed were Muslims.

First Lady of Peace, Ambassador Renate
Baba Brohi, Pakistani Peace Emissary  has also stated that his thoughts are also with those grieving the violent loss of so many in Pakistan. He adds with the First Lady of Peace: “...our resolve to use Iceality to combat hate for All the Worlds Children must not waver.”

In Related News: Pope Francis is calling on authorities in Pakistan to “make every effort to restore security and serenity” to Pakistanis, especially to religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim nation.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca

March 21, 2016

by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca

ARK in Berea:  We want to express our solidarity with the people of Belgium in the aftermath
of the attacks that took place in Brussels.  Along with All the Worlds Children,
we are distressed by the pictures and of the news of the loss of lives.

The wave of terror that has been unleashed in Europe and elsewhere around
the world are attacks against our very way of Life and against the Peaceful
Values of Iceality upon which our sustainable Culture of Peace systems have
been based.

We must utterly reject the use of deadly acts of terror.
We and All the Worlds Children must rededicate ourselves to these core
values of Iceality – ‘Becoming more like Angels than Human Beings’.  

We must strengthen our alliances as our way of life and the international
WCPM system, that has been built on our common values since the First Easter,
comes under challenge from these and other acts of evil.

“Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the families, friends and
especially the children of all those affected in Belgium at this terrible time.
On behalf of all at the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)
worldwide working for Peace, we keep hope alive and we are all the
Worlds Children here for you during this difficult time";
Ambassador Renate,
First Lady of Peace.

Peace Friends,
David Jakupca,

Ambassador Renate

terrorist attack in belgium on Twitter

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Palmsonntag at the ARK in Berea

 Ostern ist wahrscheinlich einer der wichtigsten weltweit mit vielen Traditionen und Bräuche. Mit dem Ende der Karnevalszeit am Aschermittwoch ist die 40 Tage lange Fastenzeit beginnt. In der Woche vor Ostern Karwoche genannt wird, beginnt mit dem Palmsonntag.

An der historischen ARK in Berea, jedes Jahr am Abend vor dem Palmsonntag bereite ich zusammen mit David und meine Freunde, die Palmzweige . Wir dekorieren in der Regel die Zweige mit Schlaufen, Brezeln und andere Snacks, die dann getroffen werden und am Palmsonntag in der Kirche geweiht. Wer ist der letzte Morgen wird auf die Tage in der Karwoche bis bekommen lustige Namen. Als Kind wollte ich immer zuerst aufstehen, so dass ich nicht den ganzen Tag "Palmesel" genannt werde.

Eine ganz besondere Bedeutung für mich hat der Gründonnerstag. Denn an diesem Tag färben meine Fruenden und ich jedes Jahr die Ostereier. Wir verwenden keine gewöhnlichen Farben, sondern färben unsere Eier mit verschiedenen Kräutern und Zwiebelschalen. Ein weiterer Brauch ist auch das sogenannte „Eier ausblasen“, wo wir mit einer feinen Nadel in das Ei hineinstechen und versuchen den Dotter herauszublasen. Diese Eier bemalen wir dann, da sie als Dekoration verwenden werden. Ebenfalls bereitet am Gründonnerstag  meine Mutter den traditionelle Korb mit Speck, Käse, Brot, Eier und das traditionelle Osterlamm für die Speisenweihe am Ostersonntag vor. Ich wurde schon des öfteren am Gründonnerstag als „Hantlersgare“ bezeichnet, da ich zu spät aufgestanden bin :-)

Am nächsten Tag ist der Karfreitag und an diesem Tag sowie Aschermittwoch, sagt es der Kirche Tradition, dass man kein Fleisch verzehren sollte. Wenn Sie an diesem Tag zu spät aufstehen, genannt "Karfreitag Ratschn".

Mit dem Ostersonntag findet die Fastenzeit ihr Ende und um 5:00 Uhr morgens nehme ich gemeinsam  mit meiner Familie jedes Jahr am traditionellen Osterfeuer vor der Kirche teil. Um 14:00 Uhr findet auf der Schmitten die alljährliche Ostereiersuche statt. Letztes Jahr war ich dort mit meiner Mickey. Obwohl das Wetter nicht so schön war, hatten wir jede Menge Spaß. Es befindet sich dort ein großer Schneeberg, wo Ostereier mit verschiedenen kleinen Gewinnen versteckt sind. Kinder und auch Erwachsene sind eingeladen an dieser Suche teilzunehmen, wo es gilt das goldene Osterei, indem sich ein stolzer Geldbetrag von $5.00 verbirgt zu finden. Vielleicht haben ja Sie heuer das Glück und finden das goldene Ei !

2016 International Woman's Day

Today is International Women's Day - March 8th, 2016.

You may have noticed that there are a lot of International "Day"s popping up: "National Frozen Foods Day" was on Sunday, and later this month there's an International Goof Off Day.

International Women's Day isn't an arbitrary "Day" invented in the age of the internet to spark funny conversations on Facebook. It was founded more than 100 years ago to celebrate the battles on the forefront of gender equality.

At the time, garment workers in the United States were striking for fair wages, and women in dozens of countries were fighting for the right to vote or hold public office. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations on International Women's Day.

Today, the fight for women's rights looks different – in huge part because we've come so far. But make no mistake, there is progress we have yet to make. Women are still facing discrimination throughout the world, and in different cultures those fights look different.

Please join All the Worlds Children us in celebrating International Women's Day by first taking a moment to appreciate how far we've come, and how many women have fought tooth and nail to secure the rights that we have today. Then join us to build on those victories by adding your 'Liking and Sharing" one or more of these campaigns - or start your own WCPM campaign to push for women's rights in an area you didn't see represented here.

Thank you for all that you do, to defend and advance women's rights around the world.

Ambassador Renate Jakupca, David Jakupca, Baba Brohi, Pakistan Peace Emissary , Robin Anne and the WCPM Team