Do you want to help create peace in our world?

Of course you do, so please mark your calendars to participate in
The 24th Annual Observance of the
International Hour For Peace
Thursday, December 31st, 2009, 4:45 to 6:15 A.M.
(That's Noon Greenwich Mean Time and for us, really, really early Thursday morning!)

Blessed John XXIII University Center
1220 University Ave. in Fort Collins
1 block South of W Elizabeth and 1 block West of Shields, across from CSU, just behind the Shell station

Join millions of people all over the planet to create Inner Peace and World Peace for 2010!

All peacemakers and all paths to peace, sacred and secular, are welcome and honored!

Peace … Why Not Now?

“Some people see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”
Robert F. Kennedy

2009 EVENT:

The International Hour For Peace has been an integral part of Fort Collins New Years celebrations every one of the 23 years since its inception in 1986. The theme for the 24th annual Fort Collins event is “Peace … Why Not Now?” The first part of the program will look back at the big peace movement of 1964–1973 and feature some of the great classic peace songs from that era. We’ll recapture the spirit of those times and then focus on many ways we can create peace now. As John Lennon said, “If someone thinks that love and peace are clichés that got left behind in the 60’s, they’re wrong. Love and peace are eternal.”

All paths to peace are honored, both sacred and secular, and the program includes music, prayers, blessings, readings, speakers, and information from a wide variety of local faith, peace and humanitarian groups, as well as the traditional John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation. The Meditation will be accompanied by beautiful original harp music from Michael Riversong, head of the Tesla Academy. Fort Collins Interfaith Council President Garth McCann will present the Welcome and opening remarks.

Spiritual paths represented in the event include Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Vedanta, Hindu, Sufism, Native American Spirituality, Unity, Religious Science, Catholicism, Bahá’i, Protestant Christianity, Unitarian Universalist, Goddess Religion, Lightwork(ers), and Abraham/Hicks teachings. The altar will include symbols of many different faiths.

Wheelchair assistance will be provided, and hot tea and coffee available. There’s also a special area for parents with babies and/or young children and some childcare assistance. The information tables will have flyers, pamphlets, etc. about local peace and humanitarian organizations, events and activities. Our goal is for people to not only gather to pray for and focus on World Peace and Inner Peace during that magical hour, but to also find practical ways to create and practice peace all year long.


The International Hour For Peace, also known as World Healing Day and World Peace Day, is a global effort launched in 1986 by John Randolph Price and the Quartus Foundation. It was established to offer people all over the word an opportunity to gather together for peace, love, forgiveness, and understanding through a simultaneous global mind-link at noon Greenwich Mean Time on December 31st of each year. Based on the Quantum Physics theory discussed in the film “The Secret” that thought can direct energy, the event is designed to break down walls of separation and synchronistically join billions of people around the world in meditation, prayer, music, readings, dialogue, and other ways to create lasting peace on Earth.

Five years after the first Hour For Peace in 1986, a 1990 report stated, “dramatic changes have taken place in Eastern Europe, where people there have joined with the 105 countries already represented as of the 1990 preparations.” The publicity and communication worldwide regarding the International Hour for Peace has far surpassed U.S. coverage. The Yomiuri, the third largest newspaper in Japan with 9.3 million copies distributed daily, ran an editorial on the front page entitled ‘Global Mind Link’ and asked readers to unite their minds to help heal this planet Earth from growing illness … to demand an end to hostilities, hunger, poverty and the subjugation of individual freedom. Reports from the Soviet Union claim 1.5 million participants each year since 1986.


Participation in the December 31st International Hour for Peace is a way for area residents to join billions of people all over our planet 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, world peace happens! 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.”

“If someone thinks that love and peace are clichés that got left behind in the 60’s,
they’re wrong. Love and peace are eternal.”
John Lennon


Sponsoring restaurants will open early to serve breakfast to Hour For Peace participants.

• Café Bluebird, 524 W. Laurel, 484-7755, open 6:30 AM
• The Rainbow, 212 W. Laurel, 221-2664, open 6:30 a.m.,
• Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason, 493-5555, open 7:00 AM,
• Lucile’s Creole Café, 400 S. Meldrum, 224-5464, open 7:00 AM


Held again at beautiful Blessed John XXIII University Center, 1220 University Avenue in Fort Collins, the Fort Collins observance of the 2009 December 31st International Hour For Peace is sponsored by many community organizations, both sacred and secular, including:


Check out the international website —

John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation —

Locations of events all over the world —

If you’re inspired to participate in any way, contact the Fort Collins coordinator, Dr. Victoria Gardner at 970 407-1351 or   No contribution is too great or too small!

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
Senator Edward Kennedy, 1980 Democratic Primary.

“The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."”
Senator Edward Kennedy, August 25, 2008, Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Public Service Announcement — 1 minute:

24th Annual International Hour For Peace, Thursday, December 31st, 4:45–6:15 AM.  Join millions of people all over the world at Noon Greenwich Mean Time. The Fort Collins observance is at Blessed John XXIII University Center, 1220 University Avenue. This year’s theme is “Peace … Why Not Now?” Program includes the John Randolph Price World Healing Meditation along with music, prayers, speakers and information from a variety of local faith, peace and humanitarian groups. For more information, contact coordinator Dr. Vickie, 407-1351,, or visit

Public Service Announcement — 30 seconds

24th Annual International Hour For Peace,Thursday, Dec. 31, 4:45–6:15 am, Blessed John XXIII University Center. Join people all over the world at Noon Greenwich Time for prayer, meditation, music, speakers, etc. focusing on world peace and inner peace for the coming year. For more info, contact Dr. Vickie, 407-1351, or visit

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