A Note from Newburyport, MA

Just wanted to tell you that a lovely circle of people celebrated with you and sang: "peace, peace, peace, peace upon the earth; peace,, peace, peace throughout the universe", accompanied by a small harp (played by Deirdre Drennen) as part of a celebration of circle dancing led by Ellen Kennedy at the Belleville Church in Newburyport.

Thank you for this lovely tradition,



PUBLIC Singing Event in Wakefield, MA, USA

Reverend Maddie Sifantus is organizing several events!

The first event is happening this weekend at the  Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield.
 Rise Up Singing on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 PM- a community singing group using the Rise Up Singing group which meets monthly but will focus on songs of peace this month. All singers and instrumentalists welcome. Free will offering. 

The second event is on the solstice.  Reverend Sifantus will sing alone at 9 AM on June 21 at her home in Wakefield, and encourages her parishioners to do the same. 

3rd event: Summer Solstice women's circle: Wednesday, June 22 at 7 PM. All women invited for ritual and to sing songs of peace. The church is located at 326 Main Street in Wakefield, MA across from the Post Office. Call 781-245-4632 for more information. Led by Reverend Maddie Sifantus

Private Singing Event in East Hampton, NY, USA

Someone who wishes to remain anonymous will sing while painting and invite friends to join in, on Wednesday June 22 from 10:00am to 10:05am in Easthampton, NY, USA.

Rebekah Will Sing All Over Massachusetts

I will be driving between central Massachusetts and Lowell, Massachusetts.  I will sing and chant for peace at numerous times throughout the day, including:
1. in the car on Routea 2 and 495 between my home and Lowell
2. in Lowell, on the bridge by the Wannalancit Building (feel free to join me if you're in the area)
3. in and around my home with my daughter and other loved ones
4. in the woods near my house

Why am I telling you this?  So you'll know JUST HOW EASY it is to participate in Solstice Sing for Peace, and to sing or chant in solidarity with others throughout the world.

Some people (like my family) have asked me why I don't move it to a weekend.  The Solstice is an astrological event. Solstice Sing for Peace was created to work in conjunction with that astrological occurrence (the position of the sun in relation to Earth).

Please register your event today and let others know where, when, how and with whom you will sing for peace on the solstice!

I look forward to singing with you, no matter who you are, where you are, what you sing or chant, and who your with!

Peace & Blessings,

Public Singing Event in West Newbury, MA

Mark is hosting an informal public singing event on his back porch in West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA from 6:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday 21 June.

To join Mark, call 978 255-1286 or email: markschultz@thewaywest.com

Private Singing Event in Maine, USA

Ten-year-old Christie will sing for peace at her home in Maine, USA from 8:00-8:30pm  Tuesday 21 June.

Pressed for Time?

Solstice begins in 5 days, and with it comes the 4th annual Solstice Sing for Peace.  

Will you take one minute to sing or chant for peace during the 24-hours of the Solstice?  

You'll be co-creating a chain of peace around the globe.  Last year, people participated in 15 countries, on 5 continents.  Want to help us grow?  Register your Solstice Sing for Peace event online here:

Please share this blog post with others.  You never know who you'll touch!

Peace & Blessings,

Private Singing Event in Bavaria, Germany

Margarete is organizing a private singing & chanting event for up to 50 people in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany, on Tuesday, 21 June from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

Public Singing & Chanting Event in Shelburne Falls, MA

Ann is organizing a public singing, chanting, instrumental, and reading event on Tuesday 21 June, starting at 11:00am at the  Healing Center in Shelburne Falls, MA, USA.  

All are welcome!

The Healing Center is on Cross St. at the corner of Main St.  Go to the Cross St. enterance, there is a sign on the window for the Center. 

For more info, call Ann at 413-625-8135 or email her: ascelba@gmail.com

Public Event in Northville, NY, USA

Dances of Universal Peace will lead circle dancing and singing sacred phrases from around the world from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Tuesday 21 June in Northville, NY, USA.

All are invited.  For more info: deilapen@yahoo.com

Private Singing Event in St. Louis, MO

K will sing alone and meditate on peace throughout the 24 hours of the June Solstice, in the area of St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Public Event in Tsukishima, Tokyo, Japan

Bill will sing in a private location in Tsukishima, Tokyo from 5:15pm-6:45pm on Tuesday 21 June.  

All are invited, and Bill says, "Bring your own instrument!"

for location info emailbalancedbill@hotmail.com 

Public Event in Soldotna, Alaska

Jim Scott & James Durst will sing at a public event at Diamond M Ranch in Soldotna, Alaska from 4:00am-4:45am Wednesday 22 June.

All are invited.  For more info about this annual fundraiser/turned Solstice Sing event: 866-283-9424

Singing the Heart Sutra in Shelton, CT

Bruce will sing the Heart Sutra in Shelton, Connecticut, USA from 1:15pm-1:20pm on Tuesday 21 June.

To join Bruce, contact benick@yahoo.com

Peace Within; Peace Without

Let's face it: being peaceful is not always easy.  I don't know about you, but I sometimes find myself highly frustrated with certain situations or with the behavior of others.  I used to wonder whether I, of all people, was suitable to lead an annual peace movement.  Perhaps, like me, you have also wondered whether you have what it takes to be part of something like this.

I certainly don't have all the answers, but here's my thought:  if I can do it, so can you!

If you're not feeling peaceful right now, try taking a moment to think about peace, or consider how nice it would be to feel peaceful. This simple action will start you in the right direction. When you start thinking about peace within, you'll probably find yourself considering how you can bring peace to others.

Here's one way:  You can spread peace in the next two weeks by doing the following:

1. share this blog post on Twitter and Facebook, or link to it on your own blog

2. commit to participating in Solstice Sing for Peace for one minute or more during the 24 hours of the Solstice. 

3. Register your event at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7NP82RH

For updates, follow SSP on Twitter @SolsticeSing, and check this blog or the website: www.SolsticeSingforPeace.org

Thanks for spreading peace, in whatever way matters to you!

2011 Registration: Easy & Cheap

It's easy to register your 2011 Solstice Sing for Peace event online.  Just scroll down to fill in the (anonymous if you want it to be) online survey.

Not the online survey type?  Here are two options for registering by mail:
1. Send your snail mail address to infin8peace@gmail.com, and I will send you a  real old-fashioned postcard.  Simply answer 7 questions, put a stamp on the card, and mail it back.

2. Print the registration survey below, and mail it to the address on the card.

It's fast, easy and costs you less than a buck!

Peace & Blessings,

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Thoughts About Generosity

The sage accumulates nothing,
but the more he does for others
the greater his existence;
the more he gives to others
the greater his abundance.

~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Dear friends,
Someone has hijacked the Solstice Sing for Peace website.  I may have to take it down and rely on this blog and the Twitter feed to keep you updated.

For now, please follow SSP on twitter for updates.

Peace & Blessings,