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November 25, 2005

State of Michigan is First

to Respond to Peace Request

A proclamation honoring the Universal Hour of Peace for 2006 was received today at the College of Metaphysics from Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the State of Michigan. The proclamation states, “Whereas global crisis impel all citizens to work toward converting humanity’s noblest aspirations for world peace into a practical reality for future generations; the State of Michigan does hereby proclaim December 31, 2005, 11:30 pm to 12:30 am local time, as an hour of Peace in Michigan.”

The proclamation is the first response this year to the School of Metaphysics’ efforts to unite people around the world in a Universal Hour of Peace. For the past ten years, world and local leaders and organizations have been agreeing to participate in this hour of “peaceful co-existence between nations,” says Linda Yeingst, Peace Ambassador in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first Universal Hour of Peace coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.

Lining the walls of the Peace Dome, located on the College of Metaphysics campus in Windyville, state proclamations received through the years are posted along with letters from people like King Hussein I of Jordan, President Mary Robinson of Ireland, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India. “The idea of the Universal Hour of Peace is that we choose our thoughts and our actions,” Yeingst explains. “The more people give their attention and love to each other, the better the world will become. We are striving to create the changes humanity wants to see in the world by stimulating the highest thought in people.”

What do people do during an hour of peace? “Most spend time with loved ones, praying, talking, sharing,” Yeingst says. “We encourage people around the world to read the Universal Peace Covenant, a 577-word treatise on peace written in 1997.” Locally in the Peace Dome the covenant is repeatedly read by students and citizens as each time zone welcomes a new year.

Some come from across the country to be a part of the event. “It is humanity unifying as ‘One Voice’ for what they truly desire,” says Kelley Naylor, local Peace Ambassador for the College of Metaphysics. “I am the kind of person who likes to do things instead of talk about them, lots of people are, and this is an amazing opportunity for anyone who believes that humanity is more than what we see in the news.”

According to Naylor the proclamations and pledges are proof that people agree. She says the goal this year is to receive a proclamation from every state in the nation. “This is a great way to show patriotism and support to our people overseas,” she says. Proclamations from past years can be viewed online at .

The Universal Peace Covenant is available online in several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian, and English, or a printed copy can be procured through contacting the College of Metaphysics. The covenant is presently being translated into Japanese, German and French.

The Universal Hour of Peace is one of many educational outreaches of the School of Metaphysics, a 501(c)3 educational institute, headquartered in WIndyville, MO.

Kelley Naylor shows Dr. Daniel R. Condron, Chancellor of the College of Metaphysics, the proclamation for an hour of peace received from the governor of Michigan. This proclamation, and others received over the years, can be viewed at the Peace Dome on the college’s campus in Windyville.

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