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.
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 require 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.
- 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.
VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE STONEWALK
Six-mile Stonewalk in honor of victims of violence begins
in Boston and ends at Boston College on October 24, UN Day.
In July of 1994, a contribution was made to The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA in honor of a local family’s friend who was murdered in Waltham; the victim’s name was Mark A. Mariani. In an expression of sorrow and grief, the contribution was used to create a universal memorial stone engraved with the words “Victims of Violence”. The stone was dedicated by Fr. Daniel Berrigan that same year on the hollowed grounds of the Abbey’s Pacifist Memorial near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, himself a victim of violence. In 2004, the poignant and beautiful Garden of Peace was created by families of homicide victims in Boston and Mark Mariani’s name was included with hundreds of other victims
For nearly 25 years, the memorial stone honoring Victims of Violence has been the site of ongoing vigils and prayer services. Members of The Life Experience School have made it their mission to read aloud the names of those whose lives were lost following acts of violence against individuals and those tragically lost in mass shootings throughout the country.
On October 24, 2018, the memorial stone for Victims of Violence will be unearthed from its present location in Sherborn and brought to the entrance of the Garden of Peace in Boston where a short vigil will take place at 10 AM before the walk begins. Following the reading of the names of recently installed victims at the homicide memorial, the stone will be pulled by human power alone on a caisson to the September 11th Labyrinth at Boston College. The public is welcome to join the walk and/or place a small stone on the caisson as it passes by.
The 6 mile requiem journey the stone will take passes by the Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall, through the Boston Garden where Quaker Pacifist, Mary Dyer was hanged, down Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street to Brookline past the birthplaces of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both slain through gun violence, and concludes with a silent walking vigil at the BC Labyrinth. Public transportation and carpooling are encouraged. The granite stone (and stones brought to the caisson) will be returned to The Pacifist Memorial in Sherborn.