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UnknownThe 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, Abbey 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 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 for addressing the multitude of challenges that now threaten our increasingly imperiled planet.
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(Photo: Meg Randa honors Lillian Gregory) On Sunday, MAY 8TH (Mother’s Day)   The 2022 Courage of Conscience Award was presented to Lillian Gregory, civil rights activist wife of the late Dick Gregory during a special ceremony that unveiled a bronze memorial plaque honoring the civil rights icon, comedian, satirist, vegan and nutritionist, Dick Gregory.  We were thrilled to honor Philip Murphy, author and animal rights activist, and Carol Coakley, peace, justice, and union organizer with the Courage of Conscience Award.



Sermon: Peacemaking as a Subversive Activity. Delivered by Lewis Randa via zoom to the Vermont Mount Mansfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, May 22, 2022.

(Photo: Louise Coleman honors Philip Murphy.)

(Photo: Dot Walsh honors Carol Coakley.)