Can you create peace in our troubled world?
Of course you can, so please participate in
The 38th Annual Observance of the
International Hour For Peace
Sunday, December 31st, 2023, 5:00 to 6:30 A.M.
(That's Noon Greenwich Mean Time and for us, really, really early Sunday morning!)
Join millions of minds all over the planet for the Peacemakers’ Super Bowl!
Create Inner Peace and World Peace for 2024!
All peacemakers and all paths to peace, sacred and secular, are welcome and honored.
Peace Begins With Me:
Manifesting Personal Peace and Empowerment
Original artwork courtesy of Ron Radhoff, 2012
Community events include the John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation, along with music, prayers, speakers, and information from a wide variety of local faith, humanitarian, and peace groups.
|Fort Collins Main Event
Unity of Fort Collins
1401 West Vine Drive
We are thrilled that Unity Church has lovingly agreed to host a live public event. After three years of on–line services due to the pandemic, folks are more than ready to gather in person to connect with other local peacemakers and organizations. We are very grateful to Unity’s Spiritual Leader Rev. James Yeaw and all the blessed Unity folks for their willingness to host, especially Jay Slovick who’s spearheading the gathering. If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Jay at 720-933-1958 or JayTSlovickMEd@gmail.com. You can also contact the Unity office at www.unityfc.org or 970-482-1620. No contribution is too great or too small!
Other Northern Colorado Observances
In your home or community!
Folks in remote areas can have small, intimate gatherings with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors with others joining them on–line. Here’s a description of one that was done in 2020 by Susan Crowe. “Seven of us gathered in my home for our own celebration of peace. We prayed and meditated and sent our love and blessings for world peace at the appropriate time. It was a comfortable and loving gathering with no frills, no extras, just peace wishes sent out to the universe. We had a lovely potluck breakfast afterward and went on to the day. This will now be our tradition whether it's 2 or 7 or 15 gathered in our home.”
That’s what we often did in Alaska where the event was at 3:00 a.m. and it was often 40 below zero. It only takes “2 or more” to create synergy when they’re gathered in the name of the Prince of Peace or Jehovah Shalom (which means the God of Peace, God Is Peace and where there is Peace, there is God). Even if you do the John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation alone, you’re connecting with millions of minds all over the planet at that sacred time, and your consciousness does make a difference.
This website contains lots of peace materials, and peace prayers from many different religions are at www.HourForPeace.org/prayers.html. More materials on peace, justice, equal rights, and dignity for all are on our Facebook Page. Please visit, like, and share them. If you need help or ideas to organize a gathering and/or to practice peace all year long, please feel free to contact me at DrVickie@att.net or 970-227-1539.
Peace, Paz, Pacé, Paix, Shalom, Salaam, Shalama, Shanti, Shiwa, Suhl, Solh, Sola, Amani, Ashtee, Fred, Friede, Heian, Heping, Hoa Binh, Mir, Hozho, Wolakota,
Rev. Dr. Victoria Gardner, aka Dr. Vickie,
Area Coordinator, Annual International Hour For Peace, Northern Colorado
The 2023 Hour For Peace NoCo is dedicated to our beloved Father Don Willette who found Eternal Peace May 25th, and Native American Peacemaker George Bishop who joined him November 26th. Father Don hosted the Hour For Peace NoCo at St. John XXIII from 2006 through 2011, and always graciously welcomed peacemakers from all faiths. A passionate peacemaker with Bear Energy, George helped with the events many years. Click here for Father Don’s Memorial, and here for George's.
We’re also commemorating:
• the 75th Anniversary of the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights,
• the 45th Anniversary of the 1978 United Nations Declaration that Peace is a Universal Human Right.
• And the 60th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
He passionately advocated for a world without nuclear weapons, envisioning a future of harmony among nations. His powerful words echo a timeless pursuit of peace for all: “… not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women … not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”
Also known as World Healing Day and World Peace Day, the Hour For Peace is a global effort launched in 1986 by John Randolph Price and the Quartus Foundation to offer people all over the world an opportunity to gather together for peace, love, understanding, and forgiveness through a simultaneous global mind–link at noon Greenwich Mean Time on December 31st of each year. Based on the Quantum Physics principle that thought can direct energy and thus create reality, the event is designed to synchronistically join millions of minds around the world in prayer, meditation, music, art, dance, poetry, readings, dialogue, and other ways to focus on and manifest lasting peace on Earth.
In Northern Colorado, our goal is for people to not only gather to pray for and focus on World Peace and Inner Peace during that sacred hour, but also to connect with other peacemakers and peace, faith, and humanitarian organizations, events and activities. That way folks can create and practice peace all year long!
Our paradigm enables us to have numerous observations of the International Hour For Peace all over the area and share the nonprofit covering, website, theme, logo, artwork, posters, publicity, or whatever resources the individual community needs. Whether it’s a large formal program, a simple quiet meditation, or just “two or more gathered” in someone’s home, together we’ll heal our planet and create peace for 2024.
If you're interested in participating in this year's Hour For Peace in any way … by hosting or helping with an event in your home, church or community, please contact the coordinator Victoria Gardner, 970-227-1539, Hour4Peace@att.net. No contribution is too great or too small!
The Quartus Foundation for Spiritual Research was founded in 1981 by Dr. John Randolph Price and Jan Price, and became a tax–exempt, non–profit corporation in 1983. While writing the book The Superbeings, John made contact with a state of consciousness within himself, which he called his Higher Self. During this experience, he asked that the purpose of the book be revealed to him, and the inner voice said: “To reveal the truth that every man and woman on Earth is more than a human being, that each has the Gift and may rise above all limitations of mind, body and affairs. As the fulfillment you are seeking is found by rising in consciousness, you will be demonstrating the Truth, and as you share these experiences with others, and as they share their experiences with you, you will grow together. You, and others who will join you in the journey, are seeking the Fourth Dimensional Consciousness, which was established within all mankind in the beginning. It is in the depths of your being now, awaiting your rediscovery.”
“Call your group ‘Quartus’ to denote the four-square aspect of each individual: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical. It is not to be a church or a religion. It is to be a foundation for continued research and communications on the Reality and truth of Man and his world. It is to be a platform for the free exchange of ideas, for opening minds, for sharing and growth.”
And so The Quartus Foundation was established.
In 1986 John wrote the World Healing Meditation and the Quartus Foundation established the International Hour For Peace on December 31st of each year. It was called World Healing Day and World Peace Day — a moment of Oneness to dissolve the sense of separation and return humankind to Godkind.
Since then, participation in the December 31st International Hour for Peace has been a way for millions of people all over our planet to connect at Noon Greenwich Mean Time for prayer, meditation, music, readings, dialogue, etc. focusing on world peace and inner peace for the coming year. When many minds join together with the intention of creating peace in the hearts of all people on earth, miracles happen! As Margaret Mead stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
A correspondent from Italy wrote, “This is our 'Super Bowl', and we plan for the December 31st event just as families and friends in your country anticipate coming together in their homes to watch that media event in January. The victory we see, however, is not one–sided. The prize is peace for all people.”
With the deaths of John and Jan, Quartus closed in 2018. Yet at noon Greenwich time on December 31, people around the world continue to gather to participate in the most comprehensive prayer activity in the history — a planetary affirmation of peace, love, forgiveness, and understanding involving millions of people in a simultaneous global mind link. The purpose: to reverse the polarity of the negative force field in the race of mind, achieve a critical mass of spiritual consciousness, and usher in a new era of Peace on Earth.
World Healing Meditation Logo
“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart; the most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”
— Carlos Santana
Make me an instrument of Your Peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, let me bring pardon. Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.
Make me an instrument of Your Peace. Where there’s despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there’s sadness, let me bring joy.
Oh, grant me, Lord, that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me an instrument of Your Peace, for it’s in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and in dying we are born to eternal life.
The umbrella organization of the Hour For Peace NoCo is the International Association for New Science, a Wellington non–profit corporation (501C3 #84–1152107) dedicated to research and education in both traditional and non–traditional fields of science. Headed by longtime peacemaker Bob Siblerud, IANS brings together scientists, professionals and lay people. New Science includes topics and phenomena which cannot be explained by traditional science, such as the power of prayer and consciousness, yet have the potential for significant benefit to the health of humanity and planet earth.
The Northern Colorado observances of the International Hour For Peace are sponsored and supported by a wide variety of community organizations, both sacred and secular. Corporate/business sponsorship is $250 and completely tax deductible. For nonprofits, sponsorship involves donating $100 or more in money, goods, services, or any combination thereof. To be a supporter … all peaceful and loving contributions are appreciated!
Donations can be made via the Unity PayPal page. We also appreciate checks. Please make checks to “Hour For Peace,” 501C3 #84–1152107, and send to Hour For Peace, 2051 Gray Peak Drive, #101, Loveland, Colorado 80538.
Our albums are available at YouTube, Apple/ITunes, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and Amazon (buy an album for $9.49 or individual songs for $.99).
Veterans For Peace Statement On Gaza
♦ Churches for Middle East Peace — www.cmep.org
Churches for Middle East Peace call for de-escalation, humanitarian access, and addressing systemic issues in Israel/Gaza/Palestine.
“The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom … But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, considerate, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.” — James 3:13-18
We are standing on holy ground, and it is holy because we are standing on it.
LESSONS OF THE GREAT SPIRITUAL TEACHERS
From Dr. Claude Swanson's new book “Science of the
Soul, the Afterlife and the Shift”
In the West every day we see images of violence and war. War has never solved problems for very long. The defeat of Germany in World War I led to resentment and poverty and eventually to the rise of Hitler and World War II. The wisest teachers have taught a very different lesson.
Jesus said: “…if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38-41. Jesus taught that violence solves nothing. It only creates more violence. It hurts and angers the victim who vows and plots his revenge. Jesus realized and taught the great lesson that the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend Jesus taught that the only way to end violence is to: “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you…” (Matthew 5:44)
The alternative is to create more and more people around the world who hate us and plan and live for our demise. With the increasing power of modern weapons, nuclear, biological, and chemical, even a weak enemy can cause death and suffering on a massive scale. And we know from experience that this only leads to retaliation and escalation. It will only stop when one of two things happens.
(1) Either we destroy ourselves in a global conflict, which has been predicted by many, or
(2) We escape this fate by trying something new: forgive and send love to our enemies, and pray for peace and healing everywhere.
It is up to us to begin the forgiveness process, to love, to send prayers daily around the world to ease the anger and fear, to forgive the violence, to pray for a growing peace. Let the fires of hatred and fear and revenge burn down, let the embers cool. Remember that each of us possesses an immortal soul and is here to learn. Let us follow the teachings of the great Masters of all ages, sowing love and kindness and generosity, and extending it in prayer to all living souls around the world.
When we look beneath the external trappings of any religion, it is remarkable how similar are the underlying beliefs. We offer two examples here. The first is the “Golden Rule,” which in Christianity is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12
This same belief is taught in most of the world’s religions:
• Buddhism (Udana-Varga): Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
• Judaism (Leviticus 19:18): You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
• Confucianism (Mencius VII.A.4): Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.
• Hinduism (The Mahabharata): This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.
• Islam (Hadith): No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
The second example is the teaching of Jesus to “turn the other cheek.” In Matthew 5:38-41, He says: “You have heard that it was
said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak
as well…” This is often considered a more unusual teaching, because it emphasizes that we should not return violence with
violence. In a world torn by terrorism and war, this lesson is too seldom heeded. Yet it is not unique to Christianity. Consider
the following quotes:
• Buddhism (Dhammapada 201): Victory breeds hatred, for the defeated live in pain. Happily live the peaceful, giving up victory and defeat.
• Judaism (Talmud, Baba Kamma 93a): One should choose to be among the persecuted, rather than the persecutors.
• Confucianism (Mencius IV.A.14): In wars to gain land, the dead fill the plains; in wars to gain cities, the dead fill the cities. This is known as showing the land the way to devour human flesh. Death is too light a punishment for such men who wage war. Hence those skilled in war should suffer the most severe punishments.
• Sikhism (Adi Granth, Shalok, Farid): Those who beat you with fists, do not pay them with the same coin, but go to their house and kiss their feet.
• Islam (Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 32): Let there be no injury and no requital.
Such correspondences can be found for almost all religions. Therefore, as the world becomes smaller it would serve us well to look at the underlying similarities in religions, rather than the differences. These similarities are not due to coincidence. They are due to a deep intuitive knowledge on the part of religious founders. These rules seem to describe important truths about how the universe works and how we should live. The alternative, in this time of nuclear and biological warfare and a seriously damaged environment, may be our destruction. A non-violent solution is to pray for global healing and peace.
Paul Gessler, founder of Chapter 178 of Veterans For Peace in Fort Collins, has been an active voice for world peace. He has written two books of poetry, “Peace Pilgrimage” and “Haiku Meds.” You can view selections of his work at VFP Peace&Poetry. Through “Peace Fellowship” and "Back from the Brink" (BftBr), Paul is leading seminars at public libraries on nuclear weapons abolition. You can download a flyer for the current seminars here.
Interfaith Chant & Dances of Universal Peace, 7–9 p.m. every 4th Saturday of the month at Unity of Fort Collins. These musical, embodied prayer practices including sacred phrases from many religious traditions are led by Sára Rain, 970-227-5275, firstname.lastname@example.org, trigoddess.org
Polestar Garden Community Kirtan Kirtan | Unity Fort Collins — Wednesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Unity of Fort Collins Friendship Room. Kirtan songs and chants are a mystical, spiritual, and beautiful way to invoke the Divine. For more information, contact Vina Ketty at 617-571-5740.
International Hour For Peace Global Website — www.Quartus.org/WorldHealingDay
John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation — www.quartus.org/world-healing-day/world-healing-meditation
Locations of events all over the world — www.quartus.org/world-healing-day/locations/
History of the Hour For Peace — www.hourforpeace.org/history.html
Ways To Practice Peace — www.hourforpeace.org/ways.html
Prayers For Peace From Many Faiths — www.hourforpeace.org/prayers.html
Peace in Many Languages — www.hourforpeace.org/languages.html
2019 International Day of Peace at Peacedoodle.com.
For Christian prayers, music, and scriptures, please visit, like, and share “2 Healing Hearts Ministry: two healing hearts dedicated to healing hearts” at www.facebook.com/2HealingHearts. Our albums “God Speaks!” and “Fearless Faith!” are available at YouTube, Apple/ITunes, Spotify, IHeart Radio, and Amazon (buy an album for $9.49 or individual songs for $.99).
“Peace Literacy has the capacity to repair our broken parts and create a nonviolent world anchored in dignity, meaning, purpose, and compassion for all. Given the crucial role that Peace Literacy can play, I support the recognition of education in Peace Literacy as a universal human right.” — 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1931-2021.
Mark your calendars for the 38th Annual International Hour For Peace, Sunday, December 31st, 5:00–6:30 am. Join millions of minds all over the globe at Noon Greenwich Mean Time for the Peacemakers’ Super Bowl to help create inner peace and world peace for 2024. All peacemakers and all paths to peace, both sacred and secular, are encouraged to participate.
This year’s Northern Colorado theme is “Peace Begins With Me” and a live public event will be held at Unity of Fort Collins, 1401 West Vine Drive, www.unityfc.org. There will also be small private gatherings and on–line events for those who need to create peace from other locations. For more information and resources, visit www.hourforpeace.org or contact Area Coordinator Dr. Vickie, (970) 227-1539, Hour4Peace@att.net.
“Peace Begins With Me:
Manifesting Personal Peace and Empowerment”
Original artwork courtesy of Ron Radhoff, 2012
I was afraid of the dark until
I learned that I am Light!
And the dark is afraid of me!
“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God.” Matthew 5:9