|Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim,
Spring has delighted us this year with two Finch families taking turns
nesting in our office window. A reminder of the ever renewal of life.
On the 6th of August is the 50th anniversary of our
nation dropping the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which changed the world forever.
That summer John and I joined in marriage and began exploring what we might do to help
save the world. Peace Pilgrim was in her 15 year preparation period and wrote in her very
first little blue pilgrimage handout sheet, My friends, the world situation is
grave. Humanity, with fearful faltering steps, walks a knife-edge between complete chaos
and a golden age, while strong forces push toward chaos. Unless we, the people of the
world, awake from our lethargy and push firmly and quickly away from chaos, all that we
cherish will be destroyed in the holocaust which will descend.
We are daily blessed with opportunities to spread this urgent message through her books
and tapes. Recently we showed the ½ hour Peace Pilgrim video at Riverside Unitarian
Church and had a lively round table discussion. On August 4 we have been invited to tell
about Peace Pilgrim at a Hiroshima Memorial Peace Conference, DISCOVERING PEACE WITHIN at
the Association for Research and Enlightenment, 67th St & Atlantic Aye, Virginia
Beach, VA 23415. The newly released SPIRIT OF PEACE documentary will be shown by Gigi, a
member of the film crew.
COUNCIL AGAINST A & H BOMBS, Kobe, Japan
Nuclear weapons are still threatening the survival of humankind. Now that it is crystal
clear that nuclear weapons and human beings cannot exist together, it is our urgent task
to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
Kobe City, one of the biggest ports in Japan, is keeping its nuclear-free policy by
refusing the entry of any warships of any nationality which have nuclear weapons. We call
this the Kobe Formula, strongly supported by many people. But the Japanese
national government does not refuse US nuclear weapons despite its Three Non-Nuclear
Principles of not to manufacture, possess, or allow nuclear weapons.
If you want petition sheets for world disarmament write to Fellowship of
Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960, 914-358-4601
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NEVER AGAIN CAMPAIGN
Yukai Ueki is a peace missionary with the Never Again Campaign. She was so delighted with
the PEACE PILGRIM book she sent beautiful, tiny peace crane earrings she had made. She
teaches how to make paper cranes, the symbol of peace in Japan. Yukai sent us the
The Never Again Campaign (NAC) is a volunteer people-to-people program. Never again
Pearl Harbor! Never again Hiroshima! Never again Nagasaki! Never again War! It is
strictly non-political, supporting only the abolition of war.
This program trains Japanese young people to tell the stories of the A-bomb survivors (the
hibakusha), primarily in schools in the U.S. Since 1985, 31 volunteers have spoken over
6,200 times to over 225,000 people in 36 states.
NAC volunteers live with hosts, making it possible to reach many schools, church groups
and camps. Origami, traditional songs, music and dance may be included. Recruitment of
volunteers will take place this summer, so we need to find interested host families as
soon as possible.
If you would like to be a 4-6 month host, providing room and board for a volunteer in the
spring or fall of 1996 or the spring of 1997, please write for more details. We invite you
to experience the aura of Japan in your own home and make a wonderful new friend while you
promote international understanding and work for a safer, saner world!
For information contact Don and Marion Lathrop, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West
Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, or call 518-781-4681
Our own Peace Pilgrim Peace Crane folder, Elise Harvey, wrote: I have been invited
to teach ALL of the children in the local Lansing, Michigan inner-city school to fold
paper peace cranes. Also the Chief of Police asked me to train Police Officers in Conflict
PRES. VACLAV HAVEL, CZECH
Hope is a state of the mind, not of the world...Hope, in
this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or
willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an
ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to
THE ATOMIC BOMB WASNT
NECESSARY IN WWII
It has been argued that the use of nuclear bombs saved
American lives. The following indicates that the bombs were not needed to shorten the war:
Top military commanders urged Truman not to use the atomic bombs. Eisenhower said,
The Japanese were ready to surrender. It wasnt necessary to hit them with that
awful thing. Admiral Leahy said, The use of this barbarous weapon was not of
material assistance. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender. After the
bombs were dropped, they surrendered on the same terms that they had been willing to
before the bombs.
Taken from a letter to New Haven Register by Howard
Frazier, director of Promoting Enduring Peace, POB 103, Woodmont, CT 06460, a source for
important articles from many periodicals, sent for the cost of printing and mailing to any
who ask A sort of readers digest of Peace articles on single sheets that can be copied or
ordered in quantity.
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SUNDAY PEACE WALKS IN SAN DIEGO
Peace Pilgrim Community Peace Fellowship
POB 632991, San Diego, CA 92163-2991
Diane Shea, 619-283-4212; Paul Best, 619-297-8319
On these Sunday Peace Walks, Diane and Paul wear blue tunics with PEACE let in white
front and back, Statement of Purpose: We share an appreciation for Peace Pilgrim and
her message. One of the main purposes of the Peace walks is to introduce her and
distribute her message. We meet every Sunday at 2 pm at the fountain in Balboa Park. We
also meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the Better World Galena, 4010
Goldfinch in Mission Hills. We screen the 30 minute Peace Pilgrim video, discuss her, her
work, peace in general and just get acquainted.
Both forums have been great vehicles to introduce Peace Pilgrim. We are listing our
activities in local community publications, including The Peace Resource Center Newsletter
and the main local newspaper.
They request many BOOKS and STEPS to give out. To our delight Diane appeared at a San
Diego Quaker potluck one evening where we were showing our new documentary video the
SPIRIT OF PEACE.
COMMUNITY PEACE FELLOWSHIP
If you want to start a fellowship group with friends of
Peace Pilgrim in your area, we will list your name, phone number and/or address. Peace
Pilgrim suggested starting with a peace prayer group. (See BOOK p.123, STEPS p31).
Following are friends who have asked to be listed:
Peace Pilgrim Discussion Group, 403-459-9636, c/o Bill Meade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ** Rose
Shuler, 1530 West Madison, Starke FL 32091 ** Jean Bausch, 619-323-4433 ** Gretel Shanley,
310-455-0453, Topanga Canyon, CA.
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THE PEACE RUN
Peace Pilgrims book has so often fed me; a cornerstone for my own spiritual journey,
a way of life for me. It is time I pay my regards to fellow friends of Peace Pilgrim. I
worked at the Red Victorian Global Family Inn in San Francisco with Cheryl Canfield
friend of Peace Pilgrim and one of the compilers of the book. In every room you will find
a PEACE PILGRIM book. I felt at home, profoundly at home.
THE PEACE RUN first called to me while at the Red Victorian, and I ran the California
coast. It is an international torch relay that takes place every two years in
approximately 70 countries. I joined again in Maine and passed out PEACE PILGRIM books to
I invite all of you on this pilgrimage that is like an extension of Peaces mission.
I see this as Peaces walk expanded. The parallels between her walk and the
Peace Run are many. The founder, Sri Chinmoy, has been offering Peace Meditations at the
United Nations for 25 years and has dedicated his life to work for peace on this planet
a true brother of Peace Pilgrim in their mutual vision for both inner and outer
The run is a chance to take a step for peace. There is no fee just the inspiration
to carry the torch whether one walks or runs with it, or cheers the runners as they
come through your community to pass it on and share in the ever-expanding
vision for peace. EVERYONE is invited to add to this tapestry of oneness!
Join in the vision. Join in the action. Join heads of state, political and religious
leaders, artists, musicians. Join the millions of people who share the dream for peace
including torch-carriers such as the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, President Nelson Mandela,
President Vaclav Havel, Michael Gorbachev, and Archbishop Tutu.
TAKE A STEP FOR PEACE IN HISTORYS LONGEST RELAY
Peace Runs International, 61-20 Grand Central Parkway, Suite B-408, Forest Hills, NY
Although tens of thousands of people carried the 80
peace torches in 1993, its not surprising if you havent heard about it. Since
the run does not seek to raise money or promote any political organization, there was no
corporate sponsor, no national press coverage or recognition.
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PEACE RUN MAINE REGIONAL OFFICE
I feel such a oneness between our "missions"
[Peace Run and Peace Pilgrim]. Few causes are of a pure essence. These two initiatives
have that purity. All of us who work on The Peace Run have gotten back ten, one hundred
and a thousand fold what we have put in - love, happiness, true well-being. I know you
understand. -- Polly Goodyear
PEACE PILGRIM WILDERNESS
We received the following from Cheryl Canfield:
Experience the wilderness by canoe along the spectacular Green River in Utah. In Peace
Pilgrim fashion, the meals are vegetarian, simple and nourishing. The scenic canyonlands
become home as you join with others in a beautiful experience of simple living and group
sharing. Canoes will put in for six days on the Green River where we will enjoy sandbar
camping, river swimming, hiking and exploring that will include Anasazi Indian ruins and
petroglyphs. On the sixth day we will come to the confluence of the Colorado River where
we will be picked up and transported by jet boat up the scenic Colorado River. The
following morning we will tour and hike through the exquisite beauty of Arches National
Park. Though the trip is not arduous, a certain amount of physical stamina and
conditioning is necessary.
This years offerings begin with the first retreat on August 26 to September 1.
Richard Polese and Cheryl Canfield, two of the compilers of the PEACE PILGRIM book, look
forward to coordinating this trip.
The second, a womens retreat, will be from September 3 to September 9. This will be
a special opportunity to share deeply and enjoy a safe and supportive environment.
The third, a wellness retreat, will be from September 11 to September 17. This joyous
nature adventure will provide the opportunity to re-vitalize body, mind and spirit, with a
special focus on healing.
Each of the three retreats are sponsored and organized by Cheryl and cost $450. She will
lead exercises, meditations and discussions. The group will share experiences with Peace
Pilgrims philosophy, healing, relationships, and other relevant topics. There are
still spaces available on all three trips, so if you are interested in more information or
an application, please send your name and address to Cheryl Canfield, 1589 B East Avenue,
Napa, CA 94559, or call (707) 254-1202 and leave a message with your name and address. A
$100 deposit will confirm your reservation.
THE QUAKER PEACE TESTIMONY
John Woolman, an eighteenth-century American Quaker, is best known for his opposition to
slavery. Woolman lived at a time when many Quakers had become prosperous and complacent
about the peace testimony. He addressed these well-to-do Quakers: Oh that we who
declare against wars, and acknowledge our trust to be in God only, may walk in the light,
and therein examine our foundation and motives in holding great estates! May we look upon
our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try whether the seeds of
war have nourishment in these our possessions.
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VICTIMS FAMILIES FOR
The March/April issue of the Rural Southern Voice for Peace contains stories from
grassroots organizations continuing the struggle to eliminate the death penalty. The
JOURNAL OF HOPE, sponsored by Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation is an
example of the power of forgiveness and love. In this journey, murder victims
families travel around the country speaking out against the death penalty. Many
organizations co-sponsored the 1994 effort.
NATIONAL COALITION TO ABOLISH
THE DEATH PENALTY
An alert reader sent a clipping from the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper dated March 6,
1995. This article is about Sam Sheppard, a 46 years old man who was walking from
Plymouth, Massachusetts to New Orleans, which he intends to reach by August in time to
attend the annual meeting of the National Coalition to abolish the Death Penalty.
Sheppards abhorrence of capital punishment is longstanding. When he was 7 years old
his father was convicted of killing his mother and the state asked for the death penalty.
The fear that his father might go to the electric chair filled him with a terror that
remains a vivid memory today.
Eventually, convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, his
father served 10 years before the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the conviction. At his
second trial he was acquitted. He died a broken man a few years later.
Recently, Sheppard realized that his fathers experience gave him a platform from
which to espouse his views to the media. In January he got the idea of walking to the
conference in New Orleans, stopping along the way to speak out against the death penalty
at colleges and schools, as well as to the ordinary individuals he meets on Americas
back roads. Newspapers along his route have been reporting on his walk, and the coverage
has led to a number of people recognizing him out on the road.
The reaction from the public has been largely positive. Sheppard is aware that opinion
polls show overwhelming support for the death penalty, and that it has become a
rabble-rousing issue for ambitious politicians, but so far the people he has met have been
very receptive to his message that violence begets violence, and state-sponsored killing
only ups the ante.
When asked what he will do after the conference he replied, There was a woman in the
50s who walked all over the country for peace. After a while, she didnt even
carry a backpack . She just depended on the kindness of others. Maybe Ill do
something like that.
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We received a letter from a young woman who, because of financial hardships and trouble
getting educational money, entered the Air Force Reserves in hopes of obtaining the
high quality education they promised. She wrote:
I am in the Air Force and presently trying to be discharged as a conscientious objector. I
feel strongly that Peace Pilgrim was completely right in her ways of peace. I am living in
pain out of harmony with God and my spiritual longing. Its so hard on me, and
at times I feel I cant go on, but I take comfort in Peaces teachings.
Its taking long for the military to discharge me. I dont even know if they
will. The waiting is horrible, but I know it is up to me to feel God here as
Peace did when she was in jail. All I do is keep trying.
In another letter she wrote: They never mentioned the degrading treatment I would
receive, the violence I would be taught, the freedom I would give up, or the poor
technical schooling. I was barely in boot camp when I realized I wanted out of there very
much and that the military training and philosophy was against my moral convictions.
Her letter gives details of her degrading and brutalizing treatment, which we will
spare our readers. After a long struggle she was finally released by the Air Force. Her
letter ends with this paragraph:
I have been a vegetarian for over three years now and try my best not to contribute to
harming other beings. The God I believe in loves all equally, and we all have an equal
right to live. I hope you are all happy and well and Im thankful for the message
that you give. It was a comfort to me during my time in the military, and even now. One
time, when I was very sad and feeling very isolated in the military, I had a dream of the
Peace Pilgrim. I dreamed I was talking with her, and the immense love and guidance I felt
from her in that dream has always stayed with me. My life now is so much happier, and I
feel a sense of inner peace that I never knew when I was younger.
CARSON CITY NV -- Ive read PEACE PILGRIM
100 times and listen to her tapes often. She has made an incredible change in my life. I
now have a real purpose in life. I feel that I am willing to do Gods work. I have
changed my attitude about my job and family and am able to give unconditional love. I have
far fewer negative thoughts. I feel excited every day to do Gods work and offer
service to others. As a physical therapist in a nursing home I have such wonderful
opportunities. Im learning to have integrity, to stand up for things I believe in. I
am learning not to judge others. I know the faults I see in others are my thoughts also. I
feel stronger and have deeper understanding of issues related to death and dying.
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL
John Lindsay Poland, a member, describes the following episode which occurred when five
Peace Brigades International (FBI) volunteers were arrested by the Salvadoran National
Guard in November 1989:
Three of the volunteers, Spaniards, were released within a couple of hours and told to
leave the country. The other two were Canadian Karen Ridd and Colombian Marcela
Rodrigues-Dias. They were blindfolded and interrogated. Both were aware that as a
Colombian Marcela was more likely to be mistreated or even tortured.
The Canadian government, in response to PBIs urgent pleas, applied all-out pressure
for Karens release. In the late afternoon she was brought out into a courtyard and
told she was free. She realized that Marcela was still inside and was likely to be held
She walked back into the barracks and announced that the she wouldnt leave until her
friend was released. The soldiers stared at her, incredulous...She said they must
understand how it is to be separated from a companion. A few minutes later, Marcela was
From GARDENIA, FOB 183, Tomales, CA 94971, reprinted
from the Fellowship of Reconciliation
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BASIC TRAINING IN ACTIVE
From The Netherlands We were very happy to hear and see Peace Pilgrim. She
is very impressive!
We used one of the video tapes in our program Basic Training Active
Nonviolence. Inner peace was felt to be very important by our participants.
In our magazine, NONVIOLENT ACTION, I regularly give
information about the Peace Pilgrim activities, in our country and abroad.
CANADA There arent enough words
available in any language to explain or express Peace Pilgrim.. .Peace has stated that
those of us who have found the way to peace should be shouting it from the
housetops, and this is how I and the participants feel each time I give a program.
The challenge is that I am an ordinary human being
living in a seemingly ordinary life. I work and maintain a household just like every one
else. To incorporate the life style of Peace Pilgrim is something that I have been
striving for. When I read about Peace Pilgrim and her path, it gives me an immense
strength that she has walked this path.
She is the modern day guiding light. Each of us can see
a part of us in her and identify ourselves with her. She has made God realization a
visible factor. I keep introducing her from day one in my programs and quote her all the
time an ordinary person can be extraordinary and whole.
DEMILITARIZING PANAMA AND HAITI
Global Demilitarization, 42 Maple Aye, Troy, NY 12180
After President Endara was installed to office in Panama in December 1989 by U.S. troops,
no Latin American country was willing to recognize him, even though he had won a
democratic election. Latin Americans, for good historical reasons, have a strong aversion
to U.S. intervention in their internal affairs. Endara desperately sought recognition from
some Latin American governments. Arias, then Pres. of Costa Rica and a recipient of the
1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the wars in Nicaragua and ultimately all of
Central America, promised recognition to Endara if he agreed to abolish the military.
Endara agreed. The Arias Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation in San Jose, Costa Rica,
then invited some Panamanian legislators to Costa Rica to show them a countiy without
military is possible and functions normally. Some initial contacts with Panamanian
voluntary organizations helped them launch a campaign to abolish the military. In 1994, a
provision was enshrined in the Panamanian constitution that the country will have no
The Arias Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation believes that the outright abolition of
armies is an essential step that developing countries must take to guarantee democracy and
future prosperity. This statement applies very strongly to the case of Haiti, the poorest
country in the hemisphere and the scene of twenty-six military coups since independence in
1804. The Foundation is currently organizing an effort to bring the question of military
abolition to the center of Haitis national debate.
The Foundation will contract with an independent, internationally credible polling agency
to perform an exhaustive, across-the-board survey of Haitians views on various
demilitarization options. By most estimates, a very significant majority of Haitians would
support the abolition of their countrys armed forces. An accurate assessment of
popular opinion on this subject could play a crucial role in bringing discussion of
radical demilitarization to the political mainstream.
SAN DIEGO, CA I wanted to let you know of
the enthusiastic response I received when I delivered the Spanish STEPS to several
families, churches and to the old mission in Ensenada.
The best response was from three professors who each received a hard cover edition of the
book. I first gave one of the professors at the Spanish Institute a Spanish Step to look
over during my three-week stay in Mexico. He read it overnight! lie then asked me the next
day if he could have more for his friends and families in the surrounding area, including
half a box for the mission.
I am also going to discuss a program for giving away STEPS in English at one of our most
ecological and peaceminded vegetarian restaurants in the San Diego area. Also, I have
suggested that Peoples Good, a vegetarian co-op, write up a story for their February
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If you put your focus on things the way you would like things to be, or the good aspects
of those things you dont particularly like, thats what you strengthen and in a
sense legitimize; on the contrary, if you keep putting your attention on and resisting
what you dont like, you weaken yourself and strengthen it, because energy flows
where attention goes. And the more active and intense the resistance to it, the more power
you give it.
Everything that you are aware of in the outer world that you like, that you praise, that
you admire, that you compliment, strengthens you.
So peace will come from those who love peace, not those who merely hate war. Because the
more you love peace, the more creative you will be. Its these creative works that
will in time replace the destructive works that you oppose.
From the leaflet Introduction to Peacemaking As
A Way of Life by Colman McCarthy, including quotes from Serge King, an Hawaiian
psychologist. Colman is director of the Center for Teaching Peace, 4501 Van Ness Street NW
Washington, DC 20016. The Center offers an eight-week home study course on the principles,
methods and practitioners of peacemaking. For more on TEACHING PEACE see NL 9, page 6.
LAKECENEVA, FL I am at a critical point in
my life at this time, and it is a good thing indeed for me to have betore me the example
of how to live an awakened life as a focus.
My dearest husband of five years was killed in a traffic accident late in August, and my
world was shattered seemingly beyond recovery. Losing him has been the deepest sorrow and
greatest shock of my life, and I have desperately sought for whatever I could find to help
me keep my head above water. Peaces story is one beyond compare it brings me
such a deep sense of calm to read her words and gaze at her photograph.
WOMENS WEEK IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
Thank you, Ann, for suggesting to Carmelita that she ask
me to make the presentation of Peace Pilgrim at Cal Potys Womens Week. My
first reaction was At my age? With my aids: hearing, sight, etc? No way! But the
request came via letter rather than phone. My daughter saw it when it was still being
debated. She made me sit down and fill out the requested data and took it and mailed it so
that I would not change my mind. Well, as for me it was the best thing that has happened
to me in a long time. And I hope it was what you wanted said. I came to feel that God
wanted me to do it.
My regard was that two of the young students each in different words made a
special effort to express their gratitude. It was a rewarding day in so many ways. I have
been asked to give it again for a Quaker gathering.
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GESTALT INSTITUTE, NEW ORLEANS I want to make this
wonderful material available to the students I am training to be psychotherapists.
THE WHOLE CHILD CLINIC, AUSTIN, TX I need 100 more STEPS for my medical
office. People take them so fast, it is really amazing. They report it does them a lot of
good. I have found Peaces message personally very helpful.
BOISE, ID The counseling clients with whom Im sharing the Peace
Pilgrim books continue to share the ways in which their lives have been affected and
A PSYCHOLOGIST IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI
I work with the 400 most dangerous, angry prisoners in the state of Michigan. By teaching
the principles of peace I have observed a significant change in some of those I have
worked with, as well as a change in the atmosphere among staff and prisoners who had
contact with these men. Because of this I am requesting a case of the small paperback
version of the book PEACE PILGRIM.
SHELTON, CT I recently had the opportunity to lead a worship service at my
local church and used Peace Pilgrim as the subject of my message. It was very well
received and I passed out Steps to all who were interested. I am hoping to start a
Peace Group this spring. We will read the book in sections and also listen to
the audio tapes, focusing on how to make peace a more vital part of our personal lives and
extend that out to the community.
WALKERTON, IN When my children were in their middle/late teens and I had the
PEACE PILGRIM books on hand, they would give copies to their friends. A friend of my
daughters, now thirty years old, was unhappy during her teens. (She recently
received a Ph.D in psychology). She told me that 11 or 12 years ago, when she read PEACE
PILGRIM, it changed her life.
ADULT FORUM IN COATESVILLE
I have just completed an adult forum on Peace Pilgrim [at the Good Shepherd Church in
Coatesville, PA]. Her message went well. We had 17 who heard her tapes and read her books
one hour a week on Sundays for four Sundays. A friend from Norway stopped by our last
session, and I gave her my own hardcover book so Im without a book now
I need one. I cannot be without one because Im always referring to it in the other
forums we have on other Sundays.
DIOCESE OF PRINCE ALBERT
I am Co-Director of the School of Lay Ministry. I have never, never read another book
(STEPS) that said EXACTLY what I know and feel on every page, as this one does. Our lives
have been lived in and for peace, and here I have found what we have been trying to say,
said so simply, so beautifully, so clearly that it has to be read by many. We have 25
students, all adults who are already deeply involved in the church, but some not so
involved in the inner life. This little book is exactly what is needed to speak to them,
and to many, many others who are trapped in fears of all kinds.
ROCKFORD, IL from Karale, a counselor: A friend gave me PEACE PILGRIM and I
read it in one sitting, cover to cover. I could feel the spirit of this gentle wise woman
breathe new life into my soul. As was said by Einstein of Gandhi, Generations to
come will scarcely believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and
blood.From a later letter: I routinely give PEACE PILGRIM books to clients at an
appropriate place in their journey toward health and wholeness.
A PRISONER I have seen beneficial effects within this prison because of the
little STEPS booklets. These little 32 page wonders appear to be quite effective. They
dont seem to make it back, although I ask for their return. Nonetheless I see the
effect. I am surprised I had not heard of such a fine lady as Peace Pilgrim while she
walked in the flesh. I am deeply appreciative for your fine book about her work of
excellence. I pray that I can make a dent in some way myself that may aid world peace
also. This effort of pilgrimage I now have knowledge of has encouraged me to have hope. I
now have also quite amazingly awakened to these inner forces of strength in understanding
just what life really is about. I havent stopped reading and sharing since I
received your book.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME
A Vietnam vet from Blythe, California writes: I am an avid reader and have found no
other material (religious or self-help) that just spoke plainly about a
subject of such importance. The concepts are clear, and the simplistic way Ms. Pilgrim
talks makes them applicable to everyday life without a major
conversion or a degree in psychology. I am a Vietnam veteran, and have been
diagnosed as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS). I know something about
violence and how it effects lives. I think your pamphlet would be a helpful aid in PTSS
MASSACHUSETTS God works in mysterious
ways! One of the priests I gave a book to has occasion to work at Covenant House in New
York City. It is a shelter for runaway and abandoned children. I saw him last Sunday and
said, Do you remember the PEACE PILGRIM book I gave you? He said,
Remember it! I am using it in my adult education courses! I handed him the
hard copy for the library and STEPS booklets for the teenagers. His eyes got big with
excitement, Can you get more, he asked. I told him I can get as many as he
wants. He wants 200 STEPS that my mother offered to pay for. And she wants five more hard
covers for several more priests. I want to send a book to a beautiful Bishop in India and
the newly elected Bishop in Massachusetts. My life has entered into a new phase. Through
this sharing of Peace, God is filling my life with an incredible peace and overflowing
From a niece of Webster Cotton who made our wonderful two hour video, Peace Pilgrim
SPEAKING TO A COLLEGE CLASS, that so many of us love.
PARIS PEACE PILGRIM CENTER
Marjorie Agoston, distributer of French PEACE PILGRIM
books and STEPS, writes: The highlights of my year have been the first year of PELERIN de
PAIX [Peace Pilgrim]. One outcome was 410 of the stock of 1400 books were sold at
cost price or given away. Other outcomes are the simple joy of working in this way and all
the interesting people that I meet on the way. The snowball effect in the US doesnt
appear to be happening here for the moment, but I am sure the Prince of Peace is at work
in His own way. In the meantime the brown cardboard cartons full of books line one wall of
our small living/bedroom/studio/office, adding to the cozy effect.
LOVE IS STRONGER THAN FEAR OR HATE
Eliana Gilad, Rambam 22, Tel Aviv 65254, Israel, received books and many STEPS when she
lived in Paris. She wrote: In France I found my calling as a singer. I sing for the
highest truth. I began by singing in the trains. I made little stickers Love is
Stronger Than Fear or Hate in French. I placed them on top of every swastika and
hate graffiti I saw in the trains and in the streets. It was a wonderful job; many
miracles happened as a result. Now I am happy to be in Israel. I would be pleased to have
my name and address given out to other peace lovers those working on inner peace as
a solution to world peace. There is much going on in Israel and much to do. You are
welcome to print this letter.
AUSTIN, TX When I was 16 a friend recommended I
read PEACE PILGRIM. I did, and it changed my life. That was the first book I had shown
interest in. After reading it I was a bookworm. I have not seen the book since and I would
love to own a copy to share with my friends. Its a beautiful book to read to get you
back on the right track.
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TWO BOOKS FROM INDIA!
The PEACE PILGRIM book was translated into Tamil
under the supervision of Dr. Jeyapragasam, Department of Gandhian Studies Madurai
WORLD WITHOUT VIOLENCE was published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of
Gandhis birthday, edited by Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhis grandson. Arun
compiled this book of 85 commentaries on peace and justice. We felt deeply privileged to
contribute a few pages expressing our love for Gandhi and honored that so many in the land
of Gandhi love Peace Pilgrim.
For copies write to Dr. Arun Gandhi Institute for nonviolence, 650 East Parkway South,
Memphis, TN 38104.
MT. HOLLY, NJ When I was in India, my
landlady wanted to borrow my copy of PEACE PILGRIM which I had taken with me. She was
enthralled by it, saying it was the most important book she had ever read. As she shared
it with others interest grew.
MOSCOW FRIENDS OF PEACE PILGRIM
Last month we distributed more than 700 copies of the first issue of our Newsletter. The
distribution was done only inside Russia because of the high postal cost outside. The
first issue is free. Every next issue is charged with a very low price. We published 1000
copies and we enclose one.
On March 8 the March of Compassion started from Red Square in Moscow. It was initiated by
some Buddhist monks and supported by Moscow Quakers, Committee of Soldier Mothers and some
anti-war organizations. The March is going to Grozny, Chechen. Its aim to promote anti-war
public opinion and to appeal for the peaceful resolution of the war in Chechen. The
participants agreed to take 1200 Russian STEPS booklets for free distribution.
GERRARO, PA St. Francis of Assisi and
Peace Pilgrim were unique children of God. People like them come only once in a thousand
years and we now have two since Christs birth.
Both were simple people. Both lovers of peace who gave up everything. Both loved God
intensely. Both were stubborn in their search for truth. Both were humble and both loved
humanity. Both St. Francis and Peace Pilgrim sang songs of joy, peace and love. Both wrote
poems of praise, peace and love.
St. Francis transformed his age and Peace Pilgrim will bring love and peace to ages
through the grace of God.
SRI LANKA I recently returned from Sri
Lanka and was surprised that PEACE PILGRIM was popular there too.
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Virginia Hoyt Centralia, WA
Just last night I finished moderating a six-part seminar on comparative spiritual
traditions, stretched over six weeks. We covered Native American Spirituality, Hinduism,
Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism, the Tao Te Ching, great world literature, and Western
It went extremely well. I saved the Peace Pilgrim until the fifth session, and I
introduced her by saying that the tradition she represents in the series is that she is
not part of any tradition. The messages under the surface of all the traditions are truly
identical, and it was really spectacular to see her videos and see her saying over again
the same simple truths we found in all the other traditions.
And by that time also, everyone was really hungry to see one of these wonderful people who
is truly healed and has completed the psychological growing up. So I used the 32minute
introductory tape you just sent, and also the one of her speaking to a college class. Two
of the women took one of the tapes to show at their Unitarian Womans seminar coming
up in a couple of weeks.
TUCSON, AZ I was introduced to Peace
Pilgrim through a program called Inner Peace during my incarceration at the
Arizona State Prison. The program provided an eclectic approach to spirituality and, as
did Peace Pilgrim, changed my life.
PEACEMAKERS SHARING THE WAY OF
164 Middle Creek Road, Cosby, TN 37722, 615-487-2256
A beautiful new magazine with only good news in it! It is full of inspiring articles about
some of the most important peaceful movements of our time.
The first article in this premier edition is a page of quotes from PEACE PILGRIM, followed
by an article about our Peace Pilgrim Center.
One article is about ECHO, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to resolving the
world hunger issue. The staff operates a 12½ acre farm in Florida on which they grow a
variety of plants. They gather and share knowledge which helps Third World farmers grow
their own food while coping with draught and pestilence.
Another article is about Habit for Humanity. They build houses for and with the poor.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have helped them build houses around the world.
We strongly recommend that you send for this first edition. You will be inspired by the
dedication of those who are working to serve others.
GANDHI "Each of us must be the change
we want to see in the world."
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PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST
THE DEATH PENALTY
Leigh Eason, director of this new project of the
North Carolina Council of Churches, writes: When people put themselves in Gods
shoes, they cannot fill them. We are all inadequate for this task. At some point in time
we have all held hate or anger in our hearts for someone. We all have within our own
spirits experienced a time when we may not see clearly. This is human. That alone makes us
unfit to carry out any death penalty.
PEACE PILGRIM "The death penalty
should be outlawed. It is a relic of barbarism."
PRISON INNER PEACE
SPRIT-E, 7049 East Tanque Verde Road, #319, Tucson,
AZ 85715. The following has been transcribed from the
SPIRIT OF PEACE documentary. A former prisoner relates
his involvement with the Prison Inner Peace Program at the
Tucson Federal Prison:
I first heard about Peace Pilgrim when I was still incarcerated in the Echo Unit. I was
going through Phase I of the inner peace program. There was a simplicity about her that I
admired. There was a directness, an honesty and a courage to say the truth. This book gave
me the most positive female role model I've ever come across.
With this inner peace program during the years since
1989 when it first began, to my knowledge not one inmate has been re-arrested for any
crime committed after learning inner peace not a single one.
There is only one phrase that comes to mind that is the summation of Peace Pilgrims
message. That phrase is, you can do it too.
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