SOPP 2020 at Fuji Sanctuary
UPDATE – March 23, 2020: Amidst the worldwide effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, all in-person SOPP gatherings are being cancelled this year. This includes the ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary scheduled to be held on May 17, as well as all local ceremonies and gatherings around the world. Instead, everyone is encouraged to take part from home in an online SOPP program. Details will be announced on this page before May 17.
Each year, the SOPP celebrates humanity’s common wish for a world of peace and harmony, through a show of interfaith unity and with shared prayers for peace throughout the world. In recent years, the SOPP has also been the venue for a variety of global initiatives, including the inauguration of the Fuji Declaration (2015), the launch of the Soul of WoMen campaign (2016), and the introduction of the Divine Spark IN (2018).
In 2020, the SOPP continues its mission to reignite the divine spark within all human beings, for the dawning of a world where peace and human dignity are cherished above all else—where every way of life is accepted and celebrated, where all people are treated with kindness and love, and where everyone is free to live the life they wish for.
The following prayer leaders will lead participants in religious prayers at this year’s event:
2020 Prayer leaders:
Fr. Rocco Viviano (Christianity)
Mr. Mark N. Zion (Judaism)
Imam Muhammed Rasit Alas (Islam)
Mr. Daisuke Ogino (Shintoism)
Mr. Shinjo Nohara (Buddhism)
Mr. Genzo Makino (Hinduism)
Along with the SOPP at Fuji Sanctuary, local prayer ceremonies and gatherings will again take place throughout the world, as people come together in homes, parks, community centres, and places of worship to celebrate peace, harmony, and love. We look forward to receiving reports and photos from these events, which will be shared in our Archives later this year.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!