Bethlehem Priest Joins Avatar's James Cameron and Global Thought Leaders in Calling for Great Musicians to Play for Peace

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Powerful invitation from the Parish Priest and head of the Franciscan Order of the Church of the Nativity in the holy city of Bethlehem calls for the world’s most inspired musicians to join in prayerful song at a Project-Peace on Earth global concert event, September 25, 2010.

The goodness in music holds great power to touch and transform the hearts of the people of our world, it has the power to inspire forgiveness and build loving bridges that can unite us all.

Project-Peace on Earth (PPOE) today announced an inspiring call to action received from Father Samuel Fahim, Parish Priest and head of the Franciscan Order at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. In his letter, Father Samuel invites “Great Musicians of the World” to perform and “share (their) deepest musical prayers of peace with the world (to) help inspire humanity to live in peace and loving kindness toward one another.”

Father Samuel joins an international who’s who of PPOE ambassadors, directors, advisors and other supporters of a worldwide concert for peace that will take place in Bethlehem’s Manger Square following the United Nations International Day of Peace. The interfaith concert will bring together the music industry’s brightest stars as well as great minds from education, spirituality, personal empowerment and entertainment, including James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Alien), Dr. Brian Josephson (Nobel prize-winning quantum physicist), Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), and Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Isham (Oscar-winning film Crash, A River Runs Through It).

To produce this extraordinary, historic and spiritually diverse event, PPOE has assembled a concert production team comprised of most of the top professionals in the industry, including: Charlie Hernandez, Jr., tour manager for The Police, Sting and the Rolling Stones; Barry Dane, producer of the world’s largest Tsunami Relief concert “Force of Nature”; Marc Scarpa, concert producer (Earth Day 2010, Tibetan Freedom Concerts, Woodstock 1999) and founding producer of CNET; Ralph Simon, producer of mobile phone content for Live 8, Al Gore’s LIVE EARTH, and the TED Conference’s Pangea Day; Mike Mitchell, producer of eight Olympics, plus LIVE AID (400 million viewers in 60 countries); and Hal Uplinger, producer of LIVE AID’s 16-hour broadcast that raised approximately $283 million (USD).

Other Steering Committee members and key advisors include: Simon Mainwaring (world-renowned advertising/branding expert); Michael Garcia (HBO series development); Ken Rutkowski (media and technology innovator); Kevin Lee, esteemed member of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Committee; and Gregory Markel (CEO of InFuse Creative, Video SEO expert, worked with Led Zeppelin, Gibson Guitars, The BBC).

Father Samuel stated that the goodness in music holds “great power to touch and transform the hearts of the people of our world,” and emphasized, “it has the power to inspire forgiveness and build loving bridges that can unite us all.” With the intention to uplift and inspire the human spirit to experience a state of inner peace and be the change for good in the world, the PPOE six-hour global event will involve internationally renowned musicians performing sacred musical prayers of peace. It will be simulcast via international media partners on-air and online to hundreds of millions of people from spiritually recognized locations in the world, including Bethlehem (host and main stage) and four other sacred sites soon to be announced.

According to Steve Robertson, CEO & Founder of PPOE, “Father Samuel’s call for action through song could not be more timely and relevant. Music is the most powerful catalyst to touch the heart and help transform thoughts … thoughts that ultimately determine all of our actions.” The organization has begun extending personal invitations to a number of high-profile musicians to perform at the event and invites others to contact a PPOE representative today and join the cause.

“When musicians connect with the divine love that unites us all, then the true possibility of peace is born, a peace from within," said Robertson. "We urge the world’s top musicians, the voices of gifted and enlightened minds, to join us and help heal the heart of humanity and bring peace to the world.”

More About Project-Peace on Earth

To view the promotional video, become a sponsor, or learn more about the event, please visit Join the Project-Peace on Earth Facebook Group and Facebook Causes page. Watch the video for Project-Peace on Earth at its YouTube Channel PeaceHasBegun, or follow Project-Peace on Earth on Twitter at @PeaceHasBegun.

Colin Mangham
Director and Advisory Board Member, Project-Peace On Earth
CEO & Founder, Daily Brand Group
also: colin(at)dailybrandgroup(dot)com


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