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The mission of the Peace Abbey Foundation is to create and install public works of art that promote peace and nonviolence; and to administer and care for Abbey Interfaith Peace Chaplaincy, The Pacifist Memorial, The Animal Rights Memorial, Cremation Cemetery for Conscientious Objectors and the National Registry for Conscientious Objection. Throughout the year, the Foundation presents the Int’l Courage of Conscience Award at conferences and peace ceremonies and extends the impact of the Peace Seeds interfaith prayers for peace through their dissemination worldwide.
The Foundation supports grassroots efforts to link the many dimensions of the peace movement with a committed emphasis on human rights and animal rights. Central to our universalist approach is the premise that nonviolence is the most effective and long-term strategy in addressing the multitude of challenges that now threaten our increasingly imperiled planet.
- To Educate: We conduct and sponsor programs and projects that promote a deeper understanding of the importance of service as a way of life. We exemplify this commitment to altruism through our decades-long affiliation with The Life Experience School for young adults with disabilities.
- To link: We conduct and sponsor public events that promote understanding and mutual respect between people of different faith traditions and non-believers. We celebrate examples of artistic expression that elevate the ideals of compassion, cooperation, fairness and peace.
Artist Bill Kelly of Victoria, Australia
Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art
The demand to abandon illusions about our condition is a demand to abandon the conditions which require illusion. – Karl Marx
Bob Dylan’s winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature – the most coveted literary prize in the world – presents us with an opportune moment for looking back on his long and astonishing career as a constantly evolving musical icon. It is the first time that the Nobel Prize committee has awarded the literature prize to a musician. In defending this almost revolutionary break with tradition, the committee’s chairman, quoting Dylan’s most famous line from the ‘60s, announced, “The times, they are a changin’.” Dylan’s originality as a surrealist lyricist was elevated by his engagement with profound social and political themes. So in honor of his award for “literature,” let us examine what Mike Marqusee calls “the politics of Bob Dylan’s art.”
In the 1960s, Bob Dylan was the Noam Chomsky of rock’n’roll. With America now at war again, it is timely that Mike Marqusee’s book on Dylan, Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art (released in 2003), begins with a line from “Highway 61” – “Where do you want this killing done?”
“A hard rain’s a-gonna fall,” Dylan sang in the sixties. America doesn’t heed her troubadours, so 9/11 happened. That’s how I see it, so I’m sympathetic to Marqusee’s hermeneutic of Dylan’s lyrics. Marqusee notes: “I wrote this book with the hard rain headed Iraq’s way.” Read entire article.
Daniel Berrigan We are delighted to announce that the bronze bust of the late Fr. Daniel Berrigan, who was a dear friend of the Peace Abbey for many years has been completed and will soon be on display at the Peace Abbey Foundation Cottage in Millis, MA. It joins the previously commissioned works by the Abbey that include statues of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Samantha Smith, Oscar Romero, Barack Obama and his maternal grandmother, Emily the Cow and the Courage of Conscience Award which is presented throughout the year. The masterpiece was created by Lado Goudjabidze.