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Welcome to The Peace Abbey Community website!

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.

We conduct and support programs that bring together and promote the cooperation of people of different faith traditions and non-theists as well. We do this in the spirit of the 1986 International Day of Prayer for World Peace, as celebrated that year by religious leaders from around the globe in Assisi, Italy.

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The Foundation supports grassroots efforts to link the many dimensions of the peace movement with a committed emphasis on human rights and animal rights. We recognize these two dimensions of intrinsic rights as inextricably interconnected, just as social and economic justice requires environmental sustainability and deep respect for the biosphere.

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.

FOUNDATION GOALS

  • 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.
  • To Beautify: We commission and install works of art that express the sacredness of life and the power of pacifism and nonviolence. Accordingly, we support efforts that employ the arts in fostering social justice and peace.
  • To Participate: We conduct and support programs and projects that further an understanding of the many applications of Gandhian nonviolence and civil disobedience. Accordingly, we initiate, support and participate in peace and justice demonstrations and protests. Read more.

Next Global Pandemics Stonewalk is on Saturday, May 8th at Noon from
Duxbury Student Union to St. John’s and Pilgrim Churches.  Join us!

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Open Letter of Gratitude

We at the Peace Abbey Foundation wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the successful Global Pandemics Stonewalk from St. Margaret’s Chapel to the Duxbury Student Union on May 1, 2021.  It took nothing short of total trust in the goodness of the people of Duxbury and the situation at hand for this to occur.

A special thanks to Rev. Catherine Cullen at First Parish UU Church, Fr. Bob Deehan at Holy Family Parish for first hosting the stone with such appreciation for its message; to Cindy Ladd Fiorini for presenting the Board of Selectmen’s Proclamation welcoming the stone to Duxbury; to Sr. Kristina Frances and the Sisters of St. Margaret for holding the Global Pandemics Touchstone as a sacred symbol of sorrow; to Principal Jim Donovon and Coach Matt Landolfi, and the student-athletes without whom the stone would not have moved; to Sue Bradford, staff and Board Members at Duxbury Student Union for hosting the stone; and to Rabbi Cohen, Steve Antonellis, Alan Burt​, young Gaia De Vincenzo ​and all the others who spoke at the stone over the past few weeks.  Each gave voice to the stone’s message, which in silence, speaks volumes of the suffering of humanity.

The Global Pandemics Stonewalk is an enigma that gains in importance as it is pushed and pulled by people, young and old, through cities and towns across the Commonwealth and beyond.  Its movement is an enormous logistical undertaking made easier when forces coalesce into a dynamic intergenerational Stonewalk like the one we shared in Duxbury on Saturday.

The Pandemics Touchstone is now in a place where young people can ponder its meaning as they learn of the continued toll taken as the coronvirus spreads and mutates across the globe where vaccinations are not available. Stonewalk offers another way to express, identify, and acknowledge loss and grief

Lewis and Meg Randa

GLOBAL PANDEMICS TOUCHSTONE

New bronze plaques at The Pacifist Memorial
Summer 2021 Installations TBA

Richard Gregg  Fully sponsored by John Saltmarsh, John Wooding & friends
Helen Keller  Fully sponsored by Stephanie Greenish and Acropolis Boston
Pete Seeger  Fully sponsored by Tim and Jane McHale and the Boston Minstrel Singers
Barry Crimmins  Sponsorship in progress by Jimmy TIngle and admirers of Crimmins
Paramhansa Yogananda  Fully sponsored by the Self Realization Fellowship
John Lewis  Fully sponsored by Jill MacGlafin
Nan & Britt Pendergrast   Fully sponsored by Pendergrast Family and Friends

Contact us if you’d like to become a sponsor:  lewismranda@gmail.com