Apr 162012

John Newhall signs the Registry for Conscientious Objection

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 Trahant ’13, and Kyle White ’14, as well as faculty members Heather Angell, James Barry, and Charlie Newhall.

St. John’s Prep has had a connection with the Peace Abbey for some years. When the Abbey faced serious financial problems in 2008, students at the Prep organized a dress down day to support their efforts. In appreciation, Dot Walsh, program coordinator and chaplain at the Abbey, arranged for a statue of Gandhi statue to be displayed on campus for several months.

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Apr 162012

Dover-Sherborn students pause in front of the Emily Memorial

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 idea of visiting the Peace Abbey as students recognized that most veterans really want to support efforts to make peace.

During their tour of the Abbey the students were shown bracelets representing all service members who have died at war in Iraq (each has the name, age and other information about each service member) and also a list of names with the same information for those who have died at war in Afghanistan.

They also participated in Native American drumming and movement activities led by a volunteer from the Abbey.

The students then helped the Abbey with some spring cleaning and raking to help beautify the grounds.

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