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On this, the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, I had the wonderful experience of presenting The Peace Abbey Youth Peacemaker Commendation to a six year old named Evan on Cape Cod. He was nominated by his grandfather for helping children younger than himself play safely on the playground. The certificate states that he has been identified as a child who is walking in the footsteps of recipients of the Courage of Conscience Award. He kept saying over and over again with the sweetest voice, I am a Peacemaker. Thank you Evan for giving Peace a chance

This was a welcome antidote to the troubling thought of what took place a year ago at our nation’s Capitol.

The Peace Abbey Youth Commendation presented to Evan Mathnay at Luke’s Love Boundless Playground on Cape Cod.

UPCOMING EVENT:  SUNDAY, MAY 8TH (Mother’s Day)   The 2022 Courage of Conscience Award will be presented to Lillian Gregory, civil rights activist wife of the late Dick Gregory during a special ceremony that will unveil a bronze memorial plaque honoring the civil rights icon, comedian, satirist, vegan and nutritionist, Dick Gregory.  We are thrilled as well to be honoring Philip Murphy, author and animal rights activist and Carol Coakley, peace, justice and union organizer with the Courage of Conscience Award.

A Mother’s Day Peace Walk from local church is scheduled to be part of the ceremony.  SAVE THE DATE:  Mother’s Day 2022.

Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 145 (1999)

HON. JOHN W. OLIVER of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives, Thursday, August 5, 1999, Mr. OLVER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor those civilians who have lost their lives because of war. When conflict erupts, too often civilians pay a bitter price. I rise in remembrance so that the many women, men, and children who have been forced to yield their lives are not forgotten. But I am not the only one who has chosen to remember civilians killed in acts of war. I am joined today by a dedicated network of Peace Abbey volunteers, who have just concluded a historic journey from Sherborn, Massachusetts to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. This journey is called “Stonewalk,” and judging from its name, it’s clear that the volunteers did not arrive in Washington empty-handed. In fact, they managed to pull a 2000 pound memorial stone the entire way. The success of this feat is a tribute to past and present victims of war. Stonewalk involved volunteers from nearly all of the Atlantic states. The journey lasted 33 days and covered roughly 480 miles. The one-tone stone is appropriately named the Memorial Stone for Unknown Civilians Killed in War. It will be presented as a gift to Arlington National Cemetery today, the fifty-fourth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Prior to Stonewalk, an identical memorial stone was unveiled by famed boxer Muhammad Ali.



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Peace Chaplain Dot Walsh presents the Int’l Courage of Conscience Award to Rev. Mary Margaret Earl

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Sunday afternoon was a busy one at Sherborn’s Pacifist Memorial, as the day featured the dedication of new bronze plaques in honor of John Lewis, Helen Keller, Julian Bond, Richard Gregg, Pete Seeger, Barry Crimmins, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Britt and Nan Pendergrast, the presentation of the International Courage of Conscience Award to Senior Minister and Executive Director at the UU Urban Ministry in Boston Mary Margaret Earl, the installation of The World Peace Time Capsule which is scheduled to be opened in the year 2121 and the blessing of the Global Pandemics Bereavement Stone and Carriage.

While day was unsurprisingly somber given the many references to COVID-19, wars, and violence overall, after the ceremonial turning of the rain stick to begin the ceremony, emcee and former Courage of Conscience Award winner Jimmy Tingle did crack some jokes to lighten the mood. Tingle told a story about the blizzard of 2015 when after hours of shoveling a woman stole his spot. Explaining how he blew up at the woman, Tingle screamed “I don’t care if you are my wife, that’s my spot!” which drew some laughs. He used the story to connect to a lesson about peacemaking beginning at home.

On a more serious note, Lewis Randa (who did joke about how many times he and a former student have been arrested together) talked about the lesser-known JFK quote, “War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today,” and how that inspired the creation of a memorial celebrating those who seek to show that “peace is not only possible but possible through peaceful means,” and that it is “better to endure violence in pursuit of peace than to inflict it.”  Read more.

Courage of Conscience Award recipient and emcee Jimmy Tingle leads the ceremony honoring 9 remarkable peacemakers.

Traveling sculpture of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller at 13 Court Street Studio/Store, Plymouth, MA.