May 022012
 

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 center for peace studies faculty and students at neighboring schools, colleges and universities.

Dedicated to creating innovative models that empower individuals on the path of nonviolence and peacemaking, it has enriched the community far beyond its borders, with a steady stream of visitors from throughout the U.S. and foreign countries.

A public event, “Occupy for Change,” sponsored by the New England Peace Studies Association, was held Saturday. Although in a rather financially precarious position, the Abbey conference center and guesthouse will remain open for weddings, retreats, meditation, and other activities.

ORIGIN AND OUTREACH

Inspired by his participation in the Day of Prayer for World Peace during the UN International Year of Peace in 1986, at the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi, Lewis Randa brought back Prayers for Peace to the Life Experience School for special needs students, which he founded as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.

After Mother Teresa visited the school and students in 1988, the Abbey compound, in the town’s historical district, was expanded to include a guesthouse and multi-faith chapel, with artifacts of the world’s religions,

Central to the peace movement in New England, its programs have involved local citizens, volunteers and interns from Wellesley College, Andover Newton Theological School, Clark and Brandeis universities, among others. Abbey staff have taught peace studies courses at Stonehill College and in area schools, focusing on successful nonviolent movements around the world. Musical and theatrical events, and protests have also involved a community of talented and committed persons of all ages.

The nine-foot statue of Mohandas Gandhi is a focus point of the Pacifist Memorial surrounded by plaques with quotations from ninety peacemakers, from the Buddha to Dorothy Day. Well-known visitors over the past three decades include, Howard Zinn, Elise Boulding, Maya Angelou, and Father Daniel Berrigan. The 150 peacemakers honored by the Abbey with its Courage of Conscience Award include the late Stanley Kunitz, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

WORCESTER

Since it was initiated, Worcester residents have benefited from and contributed to the life and outreach of the Abbey in numerous ways. The New England Peace Studies Association, founded by Glen Gersmehl at Clark University in the 1980s, has its home base there, for regular meetings and annual conferences.

Students and faculty in the peace studies programs at Clark, Assumption, and Holy Cross gather there each semester, some helping with the Registry for Conscientious objectors, housed at the Abbey. A Clark student, Emily Luhrs, has prepared a Resource Packet on the significance and content of the Registry, available on the internet.

One of the memorial plaques honors peacemaker Annabel Wolfson, co-founder of the Inter-faith Center for Draft Information, Worcester. Joseph de- Rivera, emeritus professor, at Clark, is one of several Worcester benefactors who have helped to sustain the Abbey over the years.

 

STONEWALK

The Abbey’s staff and compatriots have engaged in a variety of events involving peacemakers over the years. They include major events in Boston involving well-known activists and STONEWALK, a series of pilgrimages across hundreds of miles in Asia an Western Europe, as well as United States.

Initially, the Abbey consecrated a Memorial for Unknown Civilians Killed in War in Sherborn on May 14, 1994. Calling attention to the 2,174 victims of war daily, none out of ten civilians and half of them children, the stone was placed on private grounds adjoining the town’s Veteran’s Memorial.

Then from 2000 to 2005, members and friends of the Abbey pulled a similar memorial stone on a caisson from Dublin to Belfast, in Ireland; from Liverpool to Coventry in England, and from Boston to New York City, and from Sherborn to Cambridge, and another to Arlington Cemetery, Washington D.C. Each journey highlighted the human cost of war, particularly victims and conscientious objectors, with a message of healing and remembrance.

During Stonewalk USA 2004, Bruce Nichols, described his experience, as he and others “propelled the stone on its journey toward a peaceful tomorrow.” It represented, he added, the many hearts silenced by the untimely intervention of conflict and war“–Hearts full of hope and aspiration. Millions of hearts and their stories, now mostly unknown and lost when they were prematurely stilled.”

In 2005, the Japan pilgrimage included members of Families for Peaceful Tomorrow, relatives of residents killed in the September 2001 terrorist attacks. After flying to Tokyo, they walked 280 miles to mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Warmly welcomed by Japanese officials and the Hibakusha, survivors of the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, who shared their goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and their message, “War is not the answer.”

In 2007, the Japanese built their own caisson and cut a stone with the same message to bring to Korea to apologize for the occupation and the war. Peace Abbey members joined this journey.

EMILY AND ANIMAL RIGHTS

The Abbey’s commitment to animal rights was responsible for one of its most widely publicized activities. Having rescued a cowfrom the slaugherhouse the staff gave sanctuary to the animal until her death as a result of cancer.

Over the next two years, hundreds of visitors visited Emily the Cow and her barnyard buddies at the Abbey. She reserved a special greeting for the many children who came to have their picture taken. Howard Lyman, “the Mad Cowboy” and former Nationafarmers Union staff member paid homage to Emily while barnstorming across Massachusetts to educate people about Mad Cow Disease and the benefits of sustainable farming, with an appearance also at Tufts College of Veterinarian Science in North Grafton and on WCCA-TV 13, Worcester.

As he unveiled the Sacred Cow Animal Rights Memorial, Lewis Randa acknowledged the Life Experience School and the Peace Abbey’ÿs long dedication to animal rights. Today, a statue of Emiliy the Cow, by an internationally known Georgian sculptor, Lado Gudjabidze, stands near the bronze plaques honoring the world’ÿs pecemakers.

Life Experience School students leave statue at Dewey Park

Life Experience School students leave statue at Dewey Park

OCCUPY BOSTON

In the most recent initiative, in support of activists addressing injustice, the Abbey took the Gandhi to join hundreds of protestors at the Occupy Boston camp in Dewey Square, Boston. For nine weeks, it served as a focal point for the demonstration.

Fulfilling Lewis Randa’s faith in the crowd, the unsupervised statue remained safe,“except for the temporary displacement of Gandhi’s eye glasses and a broken thumb, according to Wicked Local Dover-Sherborn newspaper. In addition, “Gandhi’s likeness was used to block the entrance to the nearby Goldman Sachs offices, which Randa regarded as a more appropriate place for the protest.”

FUTURE PLANS

The potential sale of the Peace Abbey comes at a time when it faces a large debt and a monthly payment of $3,000. According to Dot Walsh, program coordinator and chaplain, the Middlesex Savings Bank has been generous in extending various deadlines, since it was first put up for sale. Although the asking price for the total property is $999,000, buildings on the two-and-a half-acres, including the guest house, the conference center, and the barn can be purchased separately.

Recent plans suggest that University of Massachusetts, Boston, will be the beneficiary of artifacts, personal papers, conscientious objector files, and books, to be archived with its social justice collection. A peacemakers table, which serves as a focal point for an introductory ceremony for visitors to the Abbey, will be housed on the fifth floor of the library.

The statue of Gandhi, a bronze statue of Emily the cow, and Conscientious Objectors Hill of Remembrance will be retained at the present site.

Whatever its future manifestation, the Peace Abbey will undoubtedly continue its imaginative witness and faithful commitment to building a peace culture and cultivating a just social order.

“And so dear friends, you just have to carry on, the dream is over.”

John Lennon  1940 – 1980

 Posted by at 10:22 pm
May 022012
 

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 Peace Abbey collections, including a “peacemaker’s table” dedicated to Elise Boulding, will soon be transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Boston where all items – including the National Registry for Conscientious Objection where people can register their objection to personal, national and international violence – will be catalogued and available for students and the public to peruse.

“Even though it looks like it might be a sad time, it’s really a wonderful time because we’re going to be able to have a lot of things archived and there will be a lot of new people” exposed to the works of the Peace Abbey, said Dot Walsh, the Abbey’s program coordinator.

Peace Abbey officials are in the process of finding someone to occupy the building.

“The Peace Abbey is really our favorite place to play music,” said Pam Boulding, who has traveled with her husband around the world offering concerts, workshops and composing original music. “Our first time coming to the Peace Abbey, we were really changed and a little bit of the Peace Abbey always comes out in our music.”

“Magical Strings” enchanted Saturday’s audience with their Celtic music, songs and storytelling.

The Bouldings played many instruments, including the dulcimer (one hand-made by Philip), pennywhistle, harp, accordion, and others, to create many Irish jigs, slip jigs, reels, as well as several original works including a song Philip finished at his mother’s bedside during the last week of her life.

“Many of you knew her well,” said Philip of his mother who lived in Needham. “I would like to play, in memory of her and her deep love for the Peace Abbey, ‘A Lullaby for Elisa.’”

To mark the Abbey’s upcoming transition into UMass Boston, Philip also created a musical piece and poem that Walsh described as “hopeful.”

Walsh said the Peace Abbey remains open and invited people to stop in and learn more about the work of the Abbey where “good things are happening.”

 Posted by at 10:07 pm
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.

 Posted by at 5:28 pm
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.

 Posted by at 5:17 pm
Mar 182012
 

By Ellen Ishkanian
Globe Correspondent / March 18, 2012

The Peace Abbey in the center of Sherborn is for sale, and the owners are ready to accept an offer from anyone willing to pay the asking price of $999,900 to get out from under the debt that’s plagued the institution for years.

Over the past five years the property has been put on the market periodically, as financial woes burdened the institution owned by the Life Experience School in Millis; it was founded in 1988 to promote pacifism and social justice and is internationally known for honoring peace activists with their Courage of Conscience Award.

But unlike in the past, when the price tag topped $5 million and its owners were looking for a group or individual to buy the property and allow the abbey’s work to continue unhindered, financial reality and the threat of foreclosure means the property will be sold in total or in pieces, with no conditions attached.

Lewis Randa, founder and director of the Peace Abbey, said last week he expects to move many of the program’s artifacts, such as the peacemakers table, out of Sherborn by the end of the month. He also said he is hoping to relocate the abbey’s programs to a local college campus, although the details still need to be worked out.

Daniel Ortiz, university librarian at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said his facility will provide space for abbey artifacts, Randa’s personal papers, conscientious objector files, books, and other items, which will be archived with a collection from social justice movements.

The peacemakers table will be kept on the UMass library’s fifth floor, where students studying peace movements can sit in the same seats that significant historical figures such as Mother Teresa once sat.

“Hopefully, it will help spark a discussion about global issues, social justice, and the peace movement,’’ Ortiz said.

“We are helping preserve the work of the Peace Abbey and move it into the future,’’ he said.

The abbey will remain open for weddings, retreats, peaceful meditation, and other activities until the property is sold, Randa said. He wants some remnants of the abbey to remain on a small piece of land set apart from the rest of the complex.

Randa said he wants the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a bronze statue of Emily the cow, and the Conscientious Objectors Hill of Remembrance to stay in perpetuity.

The three memorials are on a strip of land to the right of the abbey’s driveway, between the property and the town’s war memorial and cemetery next door.

The Gandhi statue and surrounding bricks pay tribute to the work of great peacemakers, and the bronze cow is a memorial to vegetarianism, humanity, and nonviolence, representing the life of a cow who escaped slaughter in 1995, according to the abbey’s website.

Emily had been given refuge at the abbey, where she remained until her death eight years later; she was buried beneath where her statue now stands.

The Conscientious Objectors Hill is an incline behind the statue, and is the final resting place of the cremated remains of 13 pacifists. A granite memorial with their names marks the site.

Randa said the Gandhi statue and Emily the cow gravesite and CO Hill are permanent memorials.

“They are built to remain in place in Sherborn,” he said, ” and serve as a gift to the world well into the future.  They serve as a touchstone for those who believe in the beauty and power of peace and nonviolence.’’

The potential sale of the property comes as the institution faces a hefty mortgage.

“If someone wanted to buy it as an investment, that would be the best thing. But the price is lowered, and we’re going to sell it no matter,’’ said Dot Walsh, program coordinator and chaplain at the abbey.

Walsh said the abbey has been able to stay open, and continues to reserve rooms in its guest house and book functions, but it has fallen behind on its $3,000 monthly payments on its mortgage, which is held by the Middlesex Savings Bank.

“They have been wonderful to us,’’ she said, “they extended the deadlines, but we’re just not able to make the payments every month.’’

Randa says the group owes approximately $340,000 to the bank, and $170,000 to shareholders. He said any extra money made from the sale would go into the Life Experience School’s endowment.

There are three buildings on the site, which has a residential zoning, according to Prue Hay, a realtor with Rutledge Properties in Wellesley who is the listing broker for the property.

There is a residence, built around 1914, that is now used as the guest house; a front building, which was constructed in 1917 and once was the town library, and has meeting rooms and an interfaith chapel; and a small barn, she said.

The town assessor’s office says the guest house sits on 1.06 acres and is assessed at $568,100, the library building sits on 0.37 acres and is assessed at $564,700, and the barn is on 0.91 acres and is assessed at $317,000.

Hay said the bank “doesn’t want to foreclose on the property,’’ and that it is cooperating with the abbey to find a way out of the debt.

She said the house on the property can be purchased separately, and was listed for $799,900. The owners are willing to divide the property to permit such a sale, she said.

“This is a place that I’ve really come to believe in, and I’m working to do the best for everyone,’’ Hay said.

Betsy Johnson, the town historian and curator of the Sherborn Historical Society, said the former library is in the town’s historic district; as a result, permission from the Historic District Commission would be required to demolish, remove, or relocate the structure.

Any change in zoning to allow commercial or other uses would need a two-thirds majority vote of Town Meeting, something difficult to achieve, according to Jeanne Guthrie, administrative assistant in the selectmen’s office.

“If you’re thinking it could be a shopping mall or a Trader Joe’s, no,’’ she said.

Walsh said while they are still hoping that a foundation or individual interested in maintaining their programs will buy the property, she and Randa are looking for an alternative location where they could continue their work.

“We’re still aggressively working on finding a home in Boston,’’ Walsh said. “We’re kind of in a waiting game, but we have to be ready in case it sells and we have to move quickly.’’

Walsh said they are particularly interesting in finding a home at a college or university where they could continue to give seminars, run classes and hold retreats teaching techniques that encourage nonviolence, peacemaking and cruelty-free living.

The abbey’s website says they are considering a move to UMASS Boston this summer.

 Posted by at 9:20 pm
Mar 182012
 

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 of people who are on death row that we have serious questions about, their guilt or innocence, and it’s because of that uncertainty that it’s really important to gather together to educate each other.”

About 40 crow members, traveling from as far as New York, attended the March 7 teach-in session, where organizers discussed facts and myths about death penalty by playing a true-or-false game and engaging the audience in a stimulating conversation.

In partnership with Amnesty International, a nonprofit organization that helps protect human rights worldwide, Calling All Crows’ co-founders, Sybil Gallagher and Chad Urmston, also known as Chadwick Stokes, discussed cases of people who have been sentenced to death row even though there were persistent doubts in their cases.

They urged audience members to get involved in the cause and write letters to Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri pleading clemency for Reggie Clemons, who was sentenced to death in St. LouisMo., as an accomplice in the 1991 murder of two white women, Julie and Robin Kerry, even though he has consistently maintained his innocence.

In between teaching sessions, Urmston, singer-guitarist and songwriter for indie-rock band State Radio, played some of his songs — two of which were about his friend Troy Davis, who was executed in Georgia on Sept. 21, 2011, despite what supporters of Davis said was a lack of evidence and heavy doubts about his guilt.

“[Troy Davis] was really courageous,” said Urmston.

“He just would’ve been a good guy with a big heart and really, really amicable and quick to laugh,” Urmston said of his friend who died at 42, spending half of his life on death row.

“All My Possessions,” one of the songs played by Urmston, is about Davis’ last thoughts prior to his execution. However, the night the singer first debuted the song was also Davis’ last night alive.

“[Troy Davis] was a tangible way for us to sort of ignite the fan base around the death penalty, because it was a specific case [in which] the problems were so clear,” said Gallagher, the group’s chairwoman. “It was a good way to ravel people around the abolishment of the death penalty.”

In the midst of soaking in information, listening to music and winning prizes, audience members wrote clemency letters to Nixon and supporting letters to Clemons.

“I’m here because I wanted to learn more about, not only the death penalty in general, how it works and how you can try to stop it, but Reggie Clemons’ case,” said Michaela Ward, 17, an attendee who wrote a letter to Nixon.

But, as the group of young activists gathered together in the conference room to change the world, the Peace Abbey, which was created in 1988, is on the verge of saying goodbye to Sherborn.

Both buildings are currently on the market, going for less than $1 million with no takers at the moment, said Dot Walsh, program coordinator and Peace chaplain.

“We’re still hopeful we can pull out of this,” Walsh said. “My prayer is that whenever we have the buildings sold, we’ll be able to continue in someway.”

Despite its financial turmoil, the Peace Abbey still caries on with its programs and hosts events.

“We ask people to come visit and help us in any way,” Walsh said.

The Crow crew has also been doing a lot of petitioning and protesting on tour with State Radio, Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos, an indie rock band.

Calling All Crows is also currently working on marriage equality, women’s issues and the empowerment of women around the world, said Gallagher.

“I’m always so amazed at the resilience of prisoners who are innocent in jail,” said Urmston. “No matter what there’s always going to be a fraction of the prison population who are innocent and to think that idea of someone being [innocent] behind bars, let alone being killed, is totally tragic.”

 Posted by at 9:17 pm
Jan 172012
 

Dear Friends of Gabe,

Sad news.  Sunday afternoon while doing chores, I noticed that Gabe was so stiff he couldn’t get up from where he was lying in the pasture.  Meg and I covered him with Emily’s blanket and gave him water and hay and called Cindy, his vet, who drove down from Bolton, MA to see him.  She examined Gabe and felt that due to advanced arthritis in his knees, aggravated by his enormous size, weight and age, his legs could no longer carry him.  He was unable to stand.  His 16 years of being a friend and ambassador to those who visited the Abbey was coming to an end … so she assisted him in his transition

Tears flowed as Meg and I held him and thanked him for being such a wonderful friend to us all.  Best that his physical condition worsened with us rather than at Maple Farm where the same outcome would have resulted.  How wonderful that a veal calf that would have been killed for food in 16 weeks would live happily for 16 years at the Peace Abbey and would befriend Emily, a pony named Lilly, 11 pigs and a flock of pigeons who shared his barn, the students and staff at the Life Experience School … and come to touch the lives of countless visitors, some who swore off eating meat because of him.  Gabe was buried on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on the property.

A special thanks to those who loved Gabe and showed it by rolling up their sleeves since 1996 to help repair the fence, muck the stalls, put down fresh bedding, shovel the mud, toss down the hay, empty and clean the water trough, made contributions toward his care and much, much more.  There was so much work to be done … day in and day out … and Gabe and the rest of the animals appreciated our love.  He will always live in our hearts.  Guess he didn’t want to leave the Peace Abbey, either.

In Gabe’s memory, educate people to boycott veal and dairy.  Through your efforts, he lives on!    Thanks.

Lewis and Meg

 Posted by at 12:22 pm
Dec 292011
 
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 existence for about 20 years.

Cat Hughes of Berlin has been involved with the Order since 2005. She attended this year’s Winter Solstice with her toddler son.

“This is one of my favorite ceremonies; I really like the bonfire,” said Hughes, noting that she attends a ceremony every six weeks. “It’s a nice contrast between the really cold weather [and the hot fire] and it’s neat to see the light shining in the dark of winter which is the major symbolism of the ceremony — the return of the sun.”

According to http://www.druidry.org, the Winter Solstice (called in the Druid Tradition Alban Arthan [the Light of Arthur]) is the time of death and rebirth.

The site says “Druidry is for some a spiritual path, for others a religion, and for others a cultural activity. As a spiritual way or philosophy, Modern Druidism began to develop about 300 years ago during a period known as the ‘Druid Revival.’ ”

James Dempsey is a Shamanic energy healer with the Order, and has been involved since 2003 when he first met Fuhro whose “grove”’ does a lot of rituals at the Boston Arboretum which Dempsey frequents.

“We’ve been coming to the Peace Abbey for this particular ceremony for three or four years,” said Dempsey, whose wife, Liz Tobin, is also an energy healer. “It’s nice because the mission of the Peace Abbey goes with our mission; the goals of Druid practices are similar to the practices of the Peace Abbey such as embracing Mother Earth.”

This may be the last year the Druids will celebrate at the Peace Abbey, however, as the buildings are up for sale.

“Hopefully we can sustain ourselves,” said Dot Walsh of the Peace Abbey.

According to www.PeaceAbbey.org, the Peace Abbey is dedicated to creating innovative models for society that empower individuals on the paths of nonviolence, peacemaking and cruelty-free living. They offer a variety of programs and resources that teach, inspire and encourage one to speak out and act on issues of peace and social justice.

Photo gallery – Celebrating the winter solstice at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn

 

 Posted by at 11:14 pm
Dec 142011
 

Click here to view a catalog of the 3,203 books and videos in the Peace Abbey Library on LibraryThing.com.

The catalog includes the 564 books in the Gandhi collection.

You can sort the collection by topic or author by clicking the Tags or Authors tab at the top of the page. You can also use the Search window to look for a topic of interest.

Thanks to our great volunteers who input all the books. Please let us know what you think of this tool and how you are using it.

Enjoy!

 Posted by at 9:11 pm
Dec 142011
 

Here are a few of the media stories of Gandhi’s visit to Occupy Boston:

WickedLocal.com: 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

 Posted by at 8:45 pm