Twelve Gates President’s Prayer on Earth Day


Twelve Gates President, Dr. Frank Kaufmann offered prayer at  the International Earth Day Convocation and Festival

EARTH FESTIVALAnnual Earth Day Celebration: “Invest In Our Planet”
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM EST New York (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM in India)
Hosted by Guru Dileepji
Organized by World Yoga Community Inc. (An NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and Accredited with the United Nations Economic and Social Council)

1. Welcome & Opening Remarks: Guru Dileepji

Guests of Honor:
2. Prayer & Message: Grandmother Patricia Anne Davis (Native American Elder & NGO Rep. of the WYC to the UN)
3. Inaugural Address: NYS Assemblyman Hon. Nader Sayegh (Assembly District – 90)
4. Keynote Address: Dr. Kusumita Priscilla Pedersen (Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at St. Francis College, Chair of the Interfaith Center of New York & Founding Member Climate Action Task Force @ PoWR)
Guest Speakers & Panelists:
5. Shri. Hiro Sakurai (Chair of the CRNGOs and NGO Rep. of the Soka Gakkai International to the UN)
6. Smt. Monica Willard (Main NGO Rep. of the United Religions Initiative to the UN)
7. Shri. Daniel Perell (NGO Rep. of the Baha’i International Community to the UN)
8. Ms. Martha Gallahue (NGO Rep. of the United Religions Initiative to the UN)
9. Shri. Chip Comins (Founder & Chairman, American Renewable Energy Institute)
10. BK Julia Grindon-Welch (V.P. of the CRNGOs & CSVGC, and NGO Rep. of the Brahma Kumaris to the UN) 
Interfaith Prayers:
11. Rev. Dr. Frank Kaufmann (President at Twelve Gates Foundation)


Our Loving God 

We come to you in humility and gratitude

You created a wondrous and infinite cosmos to show us yourself, and to give us wonder, joy, and the invitation to be creative together with You

In a tiny spot in this infinite Cosmos, you created our fragile and precious home, this rich and lustrous planet, Earth. You blessed Her with perfect and magical gifts from the Sun and the Moon. 

On this Earth Day we wish to ask your forgiveness for our carelessness and greed. Exploiting our dear Mother Earth for petty comfort and shallow self interest

Please lift us up into a more perfect heart of love for You and for our Precious Mother earth. Please show us how to heal Her and ourselves. Please make us one in love for one another, and please show us all together the heart and the science to renew our tender, beloved planet. 


Interfaith Prayers:

12. Rev. Doyeon Park (NGO Rep. of the Won Buddhism to the UN)
13. Shri. Ravi Vaidyanaat Sivachariar (Director of Religious Affairs at The Hindu Temple Society of North America)
14. Rev. Dr. Toshikazu K. Nakagaki (Founder, Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York)
15. Shri. K.L.S. Bhushan, Esq. (Trustee & NGO Rep. of the World Yoga community to the UN)
16: Ms. Michelle DellaFave (Actress, Singer, and NGO Rep. of the World Yoga Community to the UN)