2016 Fuji SOPP
On May 15, 2016, Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka, Japan once again became the beating heart of a global wave of prayers and wishes for peace, as tens of thousands of people around the world celebrated the twelfth annual Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP).
In 2015, the SOPP was the venue for the inauguration of the Fuji Declaration, a global charter calling on all human beings to awaken to our sacred consciousness—our divine spark—and build a new civilization based on the essential oneness and goodness of humankind. This year, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Fuji Declaration, the SOPP proudly celebrated the Fuji Declaration’s Soul of WoMen Global Campaign. Soul of WoMen is a worldwide initiative to reawaken the divine feminine—within individuals and within society—and restore balance between the divine feminine and divine masculine aspects of our existence. (For more on the Soul of WoMen campaign, please visit fujideclaration.org/soulofwomen.)
Two days prior to the SOPP, an international group of thought leaders came together in Tokyo for the Soul of WoMen Global Network Gathering. Many of the gathering’s participants were special guests at the SOPP ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary. They joined prayer leaders from different world faiths, over 100 distinguished guests, and some 7,000 participants in the open-air Prayer Field to offer prayers for the peace and happiness of all humanity. At the same time, more than 20,000 people from across the globe tuned in to the live internet broadcast.
For the ninth consecutive year, SOPP ceremonies and peace prayer gatherings took place around the world on or near May 15. This year, SOPP events took place in over 75 locations, while many more groups and individuals registered to join in celebrating the Soul of WoMen campaign. The overwhelming level of participation and support made this year’s event one of the most successful Symphony of Peace Prayers ceremonies ever.
Please click the links in the left-hand column to read more about the 2016 ceremony.