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 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.
- 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.
Stonewalk offers another way to express, identify,
and acknowledge loss and grief
Duxbury, MA On Sunday, April 18th at Noon at the front steps of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Duxbury, the public is invited to commemorate lives lost to Covid-19 and past pandemics. Following a blessing ceremony conducted by UU Pastor, Catherine Curran, Very Rev. Robert Deehan and Wampanoag Quaker, Gail Melix and others, the 2½ ton granite bereavement stone and carriage will be pulled by hand to Holy Family Catholic Church by clergy and residents. It will remain on display in front of Holy Family for one week until it again is pulled to another place of worship in town.
“May all who view and touch the stone find comfort in placing their loss in a global context, for the human family suffers as one, and heals as one.” October 8, 2020 – Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
The Global Pandemics Bereavement stone was pulled through Cambridge in 2020 and pulled on Good Friday from the Massachusetts Statehouse to the Hynes Mass Vaccination Site, then to Copley Square where it was on display over the Easter Weekend.
The bereavement stone was created by The Peace Abbey Foundation specifically to be moved, so as to move grieving hearts on the long and difficult road of bereavement. The Pandemics Stone is where grief, sympathy, healing, and compassion intersect.
For more information call the Peace Abbey at 508.259.8508. Hope you can join us!
The Global Pandemics Touchstone acknowledges the profound impact of COVID-19, HIV-AIDS and past pandemics (illness, death, job loss, foreclosures, bankruptcies, suicide, canceled events, etc.); it serves as an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary contributions and sacrifices made by healthcare and essential service workers throughout the world, and it holds the thoughts and prayers of all those who come to it in sorrow and bereavement.
Resting on the restored one-ton carriage, the Global Pandemics Touchstone was situated in several Cambridge, MA locations in the fall of 2020. In the future, it will travel through Massachusetts, to New York City, and to other locations in the United States and throughout the world.
THE PEACE ABBEY STONEWALK AND MEMORIALS
In July of 1999, The Peace Abbey instituted the first Stonewalk in which a one-ton memorial stone with the inscription “UNKNOWN CIVILIANS KILLED IN WAR”, resting on a one-ton caisson, was brought by human power from Sherborn, MA to Washington D.C. Subsequent Stonewalks in Ireland, England, Japan, and Korea continued to commemorate innocent victims of violence and wars (all wars).
The Peace Abbey has adapted the prior focus of innocent victims of war to equally innocent victims of pandemics worldwide. From the dawn of human history to this recent COVID-19, pandemics have swept throughout the world claiming millions upon millions of lives and shaped human history in their wake, as only wars have.
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: email@example.com