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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.


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.


Courage of Conscience Award recipient Jimmy Tingle to MC Installation Ceremony on August 1st at Noon


Event: Pacifist Memorial Plaque Installation
Date:  Sunday, August 1, 2021
Time:  Noon to 1 pm
Place: 2 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770

Please join us at the Pacifist Memorial as we dedicate bronze plaques honoring:  John Lewis, Helen Keller, Julian Bond, Richard Gregg, Pete Seeger, Barry Crimmins, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Britt and Nan Pendergrast.

Be present as the Int’l Courage of Conscience Award is bestowed on Mary Margaret Earl, Senior Minister and Executive Director at the UU Urban Ministry in Boston.

Take part in the installation of The World Peace Time Capsule to be opened in the year 2121.

We will conclude the ceremony with a special blessing of the Global Pandemics Bereavement Stone and Carriage.  Plans are in place for the stone to be brought to the United Nations in New York City.

It’s been a century of struggle, perseverance, and sacrifices for causes we all hold dear, so kindly join us as we pay tribute to those who went before us in the name of peace, nonviolence, and love.

Conveners: Lewis and Meg  Randa
Host: Jimmy Tingle
Invocation: Dot Walsh
Poem:  Stefan Schindler
Music: Boston Minstrels

SAVE THIS DATE August 1st at Noon
New Bronze Plaques at
The Pacifist Memorial

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
Julian Bond  Fully sponsored by Polly Kornblith

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