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One of the major functions of the þing was to make decisions, settle disputes and keep the peace. It involved many people from different areas coming together, to meet, to talk and to trade. Even today we must come together in peace.

Our new þing will include a peace garden and peace pole.

The inspiration - The Story
The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the languages of the world.

102_6964.JPGThe Peace Pole may be purchased or hand-crafted locally, displaying the languages that are meaningful to your organization .Our pole is a recycled fence post with the words inscribed with poker work. Each Peace Pole should be dedicated in a ceremony that can commemorate a special occasion. In order to create a link your peace pole should be a gift from another organisation. The gift being the message of peace.Our ceremony took place during our Celebrate Shetland Walk in June 2013.

Our Peace Pole was gifted to us by St John's Parish church in Baltasound Unst. They received theirs from Uyeasound Primary School so the chain continues. Our languages are English, Shetland. Runes and Irish.

The Inspiration - Shetland peace gardens
St John's church Baltasound
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I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.

I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.

I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land.

I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.

I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all

ON the day of our peace pole dedication ceremony Solas Bride the keepers of the Peace Flame in Ireland remembered the people of Nesting in their prayers. They sent us this prayer:

Brigid, you were a woman of peace.
Click on St Brigids cross to hear a Gaelic Blessing.

You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light into the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
Cover those who are troubled and anxious.
And may peace be firmly rooted
In our hearts, our homes and in our world.