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InCity Times: The Peace Abbey: eighth wonder of the world

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 By Michael True “If there are Seven Wonders of the World, the eighth is the Peace Abbey,” according to one of its benefactors. Since Worcester admirers agree, a recent announcement that the Peace Abbey, based in Sherborn, may be closing was a sad moment hereabouts. Founded and directed by Lewis Randa, with Meg Randa and Dot Walsh, the Abbey has flourished since Mother Teresa visited there in 1988. In time, it has become a significant memorial for peacemakers throughout history, a resource for education and action by activists resisting war and injustice, and a major conference […]


Wicked Local Dover-Sherborn: Magical Strings perform at Peace Abbey in Sherborn

By Theresa Knapp Wicked Local Dover-Sherborn Sherborn –Folks filled the Peace Abbey Coffeehouse on Saturday night to enjoy what could have been the last concert in that venue. “It may be the last time we assemble here to experience music in this space,” said Peace Abbey founder Lewis Randa at the start of the program that featured Philip and Pam Boulding of the Celtic ensemble, “Magical Strings.” Randa called the concert “fitting” since Philip’s mother, Elise Boulding (a world-renowned sociologist and peace activist who died in 2010 at age 89), was a long-time friend of the Abbey. Many of the […]


St. John’s Prep: Spirit Workshop at the Peace Abbey

A small but intentional group of students and teachers from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA traveled to the Peace Abbey, an interfaith center in Sherborn, recently to take part in a three-day SPIRIT workshop. The workshop focused on peacemaking and non-violence. During their stay, students devoted themselves to learning about the peace traditions of the twelve major world religions, and to working on a service project for the Abbey. The group also cooked their own meals, being careful to keep in concert with the Abbey’s commitment to vegetarianism. The Prep group included Adeeb Shaji ’14, John Newhall ’15, Bailey […]


Dover-Sherborn Patch: Middle School Students Visit the Peace Abbey

The following was provided by Kim Phelan. 19 eighth grade students from the Dover-Sherborn Middle School Veterans’ Citizen Action Group (CAG) visited the Peace Abbey in Sherborn last month to learn about the Abbey’s mission and goals and to perform community service. Students chose groups at the beginning of the year based on their interests ranging from homelessness, hunger, children and animals. The students in the Veterans’ CAG mostly chose the group because they have had family members who have served in the military and they wanted to help and support veterans’ service. The Veterans’ CAG came up with the […]


Wicked Local Sherborn: Crows flock at Peace Abbey in Sherborn against death penalty

By Sara Feijo Dover-Sherborn Press Sherborn –A group of activists gathered together in the basement of the Peace Abbey events conference center to protest against capital punishment. Organized by Calling All Crows, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable change and empowers women all over the world, the meeting was part of a series of events happening throughout the country to celebrate death penalty awareness week, running from Feb. 27 to March 11. “We are not experts on the death penalty,” said Matt Wilhem, chief program officer. “But what we are, are really, really passionate people who have been moved by stories […]


WickedLocal Sherborn: Druid ceremony at Sherborn’s Peace Abbey celebrates the return of the sun

By Theresa Knapp Sherborn –The Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids celebrated Winter Solstice at the Peace Abbey on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The Druids celebrate eight ceremonies a year. The Winter Solstice welcomes the sun back and is a “new beginning,” said member Sarah Fuhro of Natick. “For the last three years we’ve been at the Peace Abbey, and part of that is because we usually are doing them [ceremonies] on public land, but the Peace Abbey is nice because it’s private land and we can have a large fire,” said Fuhro, noting the Boston “grove” has been in […]


Media Coverage of Gandhi Statue at Occupy Boston

Here are a few of the media stories of Gandhi’s visit to Occupy Boston: Photo gallery: Peace Abbey’s Gandhi statue visits Occupy Boston WRKO: Gandhi Makes Occupy Boston Appearance WickedLocal Dover: Gandhi statue back at Peace Abbey after stay with Occupy Boston Boston Globe West: Suburban Occupy sees opportunity to reenergize

Read More... Have you visited the Peace Abbey?

The Peace Abbey is a spiritual oasis that’s tucked away in the wooded hamlet of Sherborn. The multi-faith retreat center is home to the Pacifist Living History Museum and Emily the Sacred Cow, and over the years has hosted well-known visitors like Mother Teresa, Howard Zinn, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and, most recently, Joan Baez. But the future of the Peace Abbey is up in the air. Faced with mounting bills, the cash-strapped nonprofit is appealing to the public and hoping that an angel investor can save the place. Peace Abbey supporters are doing whatever they can to help. On […]