of Peace Pilgrim,
Fifty years ago, on January 1, 1953. Peace Pilgrim began her Pilgrimage
in front of the Rose Parade in Pasadena,
Twenty years ago, In February, 1983 when we lived in Whittier, California
we received a box of the first printing
of our Peace Pilgrim books, to our delight.
This year, Bruce Nichols, our web master, walked the Appalachian Trail
to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of
Peace Pilgrims walkshe was the first woman to walk the complete
trail in one year. In the next newsletter we expect to have Bruces
report of his walk;
he expects to soon have his report on the internet.
Lyudmila Androsova, a woman from St. Petersburg, Russia, is helping
us with our Peace Pilgrim project until
January 2, 2003. This is a very interesting time for us working,
walking, talking, doing Yoga, with one who grew up in Communist Russia.
What a blessing for old enemies to become good friends!
We are thankful she will be with us during the
Christmas rush of requests for Peace Pilgrim materials. Next time we
plan to tell how much she loves Peaces message and uses STEPS
in her workshops.
Ken Lauer from Chicago, dropped by just when we needed someone to cut
a huge fallen tree into fireplace size
pieces. We hope he will stay longer to help with numerous jobs and to
package books, STEPS, tapes and calendars for Christmas gifts that are
requested. He keeps us laughing.
Gary Guthrie, a long time periodic volunteer, has taught English in
several countries. He taught English in Saudia
Arabia many years ago and returned with an Arabic translation of STEPS.
Then he taught English in Vietnam and
returned with a manuscript of STEPS in Vietnamese, that is waiting to
be edited and published. Recently Gary went to Russia to talk with Luda
about translating into Russian the Coloring book he and Barbara Werner
In Brazil, Gary spoke to groups about Peace Pilgrim and a publishing
house became interested, They later published the Peace Pilgrim Coloring
book in French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Hello, I just finished reading STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE and I must
admit it is one of the most enlightening things I ever read. Thank
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Sharing in the Way of Inner Peace - by Mayte-Picco-Kline.
On July 19-2002 at the Peace Pilgrim Center in Somerset, California,
United States about a dozen people came
together and joined in an INNER PEACE ADVENTURE in the company of our
hosts Kathy Miller, and John and Ann Rush (part of the initial book
compiling team and founders of Friends of Peace Pilgrim). We gathered
each day and enjoyed the opportunity to share the love, humor and affection
that inspires our souls in our contribution to inner peace.
We had sessions all days with these objectives in mind:
(1) bring people together for inspiration and support.
(2) Nuture growth for inner peace (including) time alone.
(3) Plant the seeds for expansion outward.
In the early mornings we initiated the day with beautiful moments of
meditation and songs from Kathy Miller, yoga
with Cheryl Canfield or Tai-Chi with Bruce Nichols. Then we gathered
in a circle and shared different sessions about the 12 Steps Toward
Inner Peace (conducted by Cheryl Canfield), Friends of Peace Pilgrim
around the world (lead by Mayte Picco-Kline and Kathy Miller), script
for a film about the story of Peace Pilgrim (with Richard Roller, film
script writer, and Jemila Ericson, actress), and the valuable contributions
of all attendees about a variety of topics related with these areas
that bring our inspiration alive.
Saturday evening, Bruce Nichols shared with us his experiences hiking
the Appalachian Trail, precisely 50 years
after Peace Pilgrim did it. We enjoyed delicious vegetarian meals with
a candle lit on the table and quiet moments
walking on the Peace Path or around the little pond by the Center. We
closed our reunion with the lead of Jemila
Ericson, performing some Sufi Dances of Universal Peace. Other adjacent
activities included lovely visits with Ann and John Rush.
We shared our perspectives about events in the world; the recently created
documentary; the extensive peace
library at the Center; the newly created newsletter and the collection
of Peace Pilgrim books and booklets translated into more than 25 languages
and distributed in over one hundred countries.
All in all, we became inspired by our time together and look forward
to new opportunities to meet again in the
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When Mary Robinson
took over as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in
she declared that she would be a voice for the voiceless, speaking for
the neglected victims of human rights abuse.
She kept her promise, and now it has cost her job. She left on September
Robinson came to the U.N. after completing her term as president of
Ireland, the first woman to hold that job. She
was taking over the office of High Commissioner that had suffered years
of mismanagement and neglect. She soon
undertook a profound reorganization of the office, making it better
able to respond to often urgent and deploring
demands. She became a strong, often passionate voice on behalf of human
rights and against their abusers.
Some governments, accustomed to be being left alone by high-level U.N.
officials, were shocked and they retaliated in turn. She particularly
infuriated the United States when she issued a statement regretting
the U.S. decision to walk out of the Durban race conference, jointly
Following the terrorist attack on September 11, Robinson issued a strong
condemnatory statement in which she also expressed condolences to the
families of victims and pleaded for justice, not revenge in the aftermath
attacks. And she was among the first public figures to express concerns
about the potential threats to civil liberties
and human rights posed by the U.S. war on terrorism. When the U.S. offensive
started in Afghanistan, she often
expressed concern for the civilian population and called for a humanitarian
This obviously did not further endear her within the Bush administration.
And following her statements questioning
the detention of captured Taliban prisoners held by the U.S. in Quantanamo
Bay, Cuba, Washington embarked on
a campaign to make sure that her term would not be extended.
She had ruffled many feathers, including those of several major players.
Russia had never been her fan, and that
country had been further stung by her highly critical statements about
Russian military action in Chechnya.
The new High Commissioner of Human Rights faces a huge challenge. He
is not only taking on a job that is, by
definition, among the most difficult in the public arena, he is also
succeeding a woman who made the job very visible worldwide, and who
raised his expectations very high. Excerpts from an article
by Joanna Weschler in the Washington Spectator, October 1, 2002.
Almost by definition, and certainly according to its charter, the
United Nations exists to promote human rights. Somewhere along the
way many in the United Nations have lost this plot and allowed their
work to answer to other imperatives. This is the root cause of much
of the criticism that is leveled at the organization. There is an
opportunity now to recapture the lost purpose of the United Nations.
From a speech delivered by Mary Robinson
FOR PEACE PILGRIM FOOTAGEE
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by Judy Lum
Seeing the new documentary with the original footage of Peace Pilgrim
was both inspiring and gratifying. We wish to thank all of the volunteers
across the U.S. for their hard work in locating video footage of Peace
Pilgrim taken from the 1950s through the 1970s.
To Start our search for original footage, we first determined all the
states and dates Peace Pilgrim visited on her
various walks across the U.S. With this information we contacted as
many state and local historical societies, universities and TV stations
Locating footage was a challenge because we were looking as far back
as the 1950s. Archives were often not well catalogued and Peace
Pilgrim did not use her real name. We asked people to review their archives
for someone named Peace Pilgrim or a woman walking for peace.
Once we explained who she was and what she stood for, people became
intrigued by her story and were willing to take the time to thoroughly
comb their archives.
We also sent Peace Pilgrims book to everyone who was interested
so they could learn more about her message of peace.
When a video clip was found we waited eagerly for the postman to deliver
it, anticipating like a child a gift on
Christmas. All told we found 18 separate video clips. In many cases
we were allowed to use her footage without
charge in our documentary, and we are grateful to those individuals
How powerful and inspiring to see Peace Pilgrim in the new documentary
walk her talk and deliver her message
of peace across the US!
I received the six books you sent me. They are already distributed
and I hope that the efforts of Peace Pilgrim and yours will multiply.
I know that other lives will be touched as well as mine has been.
The visions, the experience and wisdom of Peace Pilgrim is already
strengthening in me the seed of happiness that I wish in all my friends
I really appreciate your help and your love and I hope to continue
helping with the search of peace in our souls.
Elena R Carlson.
A co-worker gave me a copy of Peaces book and
I have worn it out. The back is off part of it and the binding is
torn and worn. May I please have another copy.
Sally Cooke Christian
REVIEW of PEACE QUEST
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written by Kelly Guinan and illustrated by Dorothia Rohner
From the chapters Your Story and Peace for the Planet,
PEACE QUEST provides 148 pages of information
and inspiration for teaching peace to children. There are many pages
of simple projects dealing with subjects from
personal feelings to community action. Lessons can be photocopied for
class work. The text is interesting and
clear. Pictures are delightful and insightful. I highly recommend this
beautiful book published in the United States
by Kind Regards LLC. Box 33, Blair NE 68008 402-533-2615
www.celebratingpeace.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Kathy Miller.
Juliana Howard and Shelly Koffler deserve special appreciation for
their original songs which enhance the documentary, Peace Pilgrim,
An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk. Juliana wrote, Peace
Walk, which is performed by the Crayons on the CD, Here
I am God, (World Library Publications, 3825 N. Willow Road, Schiller
Park, IL 60100).
Shelley wrote and performed, Peace Pilgrim and, Breath
of Life from her CD, I Become the Eagle, (Spotted
Fawn Music, PO Box 65274, Mt. Washington MD 21209). We apologize for
omitting this information from the credits on the documentary. Many
have told us how much they like the songs.
Thank you, Juliana and Shelly.
PRISONER I am currently incarcerated at Wasco State
Prison and I have made a few wrong turns in life which found me in
prison. I too have decided to change my life, and this little stay
in prison has become a stepping stone to better myself. A fellow inmate
has a copy of STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE. I have read it over a couple
of times and found myself applying it to my daily practice and
found it very helpful. I would like very much to read PEACE PILGRIM
and begin to put that into my life.
WHITE MOUNTAINS I just returned with my
wife from a 4 day hike in the White Mountains and was thinking of
our beloved Peace Pilgrim who walked in that area, since it is part
of the Appalachian Trail. She was the first woman to be a through
hiker on the A.T. While staying in the A.M.C. huts we met several
people who were open to hear about Peace Pilgrim, and I promised that
I will try to
arrange for them to receive the book.
UTAH Im 21 years old and searching
for enlightenment. I had read Steps Toward Inner Peace
and I must say, there is a lot of spiritual enlightenment in that
32 page book. It helped me to look at life in a whole other light,
and I will like to learn more about inner peace to help me with the
hard times I must face in learning lifes lesson.
PENNSYLVANIA Unbelievable! Simply amazing
sometimes, and yet quite believable, because I see my good friend
Jim living it! Lately hes really in tune spiritually and it
Im loyal to my ways of life and I enjoy just seeing others of
different beliefs really at peace in here. Since Im an egotistical
odd-ball I search all paths for solid foundations and in doing so
I may incorporate some methods so I can deal with lifes downs
Well, your books are really working and Ive seen this first
hand! PEACE IN PRISON is a rare thing, but sure enough your people
are making an impression. Let Peace Rule.
Thanks for sending the booklets. There was much interest
in them and the video at the Pax Christi convention. Im anxious
to distribute the other video to the local schools and churches. Peaces
message is so needed TODAY!! Her STEPS speak in a gentle powerful
way to all seekers.
IN THE WILDERNESS
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On Sunday, November 3 some of us went to the Federated Church in Placerville,
CA to hear David Smith-
Feri tell of his trip to Iraq to learn what life is and has been like
for Iraqi citizens under the threat of a mass invasion, and what it
might mean to them if this invasion occurs. He met with UN program directors,
doctors, hospital patients, religious leaders, survivors of bombings,
teachers, artists, merchants and ordinary Iraqis in their homes and
on the streets. He showed slides of sufferings caused by the sanctions
imposed on Iraq after the Gulf war. It is disheartening to think that
our country is contemplating military action that will cause further
widespread suffering. We are encouraged that some churches are opposed
to a war with Iraq.
PEACE PILGRIM AND THE GLOBAL
Excerpts from an article by Sergei Bedayev
For the last decade of the former century there were some meaningful
events marking a significant change in
the life of humanity. The means of communications, globalization, planetary
changes of the environment, war conflicts and natural disasters push
humanity to realize interrelation and interconnection of everyone and
everything on this planet. The idea of one human family cant be
any longer an idea of some idealistic thinkers. It becomes a
reality of our daily life.
Here is the list of those events:
Parliament of the World Religions (August 28 September 5,
1993, Chicago, U.S.A.) with its declaration Towards a Global
Parliament of the World Religions (December 1-8, 1999, Cape Town,
South Africa) with its Call to Our Guiding Institutions
Millenium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders
(August 28-31, 2000, New York, U.S.A.) with its Commitment
to Global Peace (www.millenniumpeacesummit.com)
Millenium Summit of UN (September 6-8, 2000, New York, U.S.A.) with
its United Nations Declaration of Millenium (www.un.org/millennium/summit.htm)
The main ideas of those events may be summarized as follows:
A cardinal cause for humanitys numerous problems does not lie
in the outside world, it lies inside human
Humanity will not be able to solve those problems unless individuals
identify themselves as members of
one global family and build their relationships upon global ethical
Religious and spiritual people should be inspiring examples of this
Here we come to Peace Pilgrim who formally has no relation to those
international forums. But in fact, she anticipated on a grassroots level
what has been declared as international viewpoints.
She believed that world peace would come only when enough people attain
inner peace. She called us to look for
She used simple and universal language. It was not a language of doctrines
and dogmas. It was a language of
heart and experience. Her principles of life are not based on some particular
community customs and traditions.
They are principles of Creation and are in full correspondence with
the outlines of Global Ethics.
She showed us that we need not necessarily join any church or organization
if we are to follow a spiritual path.
Does it mean that churches and organizations are useless? Not at all.
Rather this is a demonstration that there are
numerous ways to the same Reality like many paths leading to the same
mountain top. Rather this is another way
for those who do not feel comfortable joining a church. After Peace
Pilgrim they cant have excuses for stepping
Peace Pilgrim is an outstanding example of global spirituality. Does
it mean that inspired with her example we
should leave our homes and daily routines and start walking along highways?
Not at all. In spite of her specific mission she was not separate from
us. She was a part of us, as we are parts of this wonderful universe,
which in many spiritual traditions is considered as a Body of God.
I think everyone could benefit from her example taking it as an appeal
to internal pilgrimage. To continue her mission, inspired with her life
and her words, we can go along the roads of our souls from south to
north and back overcoming evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred
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This summer,  in Portland Oregon, our church where I work, is
offering a PEACE VILLAGE, an interfaith,
multicultural educational program organized as a summer camp aimed at
helping young people create lives of peace. Our goals are for the children
to learn how to use non-violent solving skills with peers and adults.
The purpose of this program is to encourage young people to find a sense
of inner peace and self-confidence from which to handle life in a more
peaceful and non-violent way. They will also explore other elements
of peaceful living. The children will study the lives of men and women
who have led lives as peacemakers, such as the Peace Pilgrim and Gandhi.
This program is designed as a summer day camp experience. We hope to
have 60 children, many of whom come from low income families.
I am offering a workshop on the Peace Pilgrim. Since Peace Village is
designed for children who have completed
Kindergarten through Eighth Grades, I am looking for ideas on how best
to share her story and inspire these younger children. Sue
BACKGROUND OF SUPPORT
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We continue to receive the Peace Pilgrim materials sent to our facility.
They have been made available to our
detainee population and received with much appreciation. Thank you for
your generosity and kindness. Please keep us on your mailing list. Your
reading material is very much the backbone of support for those seeking
help and inspiration at this time of their life. It gives me great pleasure
to make it available. Keep up the good work, it is much needed and very
much appreciated. C. Bery, Chaplain at the San Diego Correctional
POWER OF PEACE PILGRIMS WORDS
I encountered the life of Peace Pilgrim in 1988. I had been given the
book by my brother a couple of years
before, but was not intrigued enough to read it. I do remember flipping
through it and thinking. who IS this
woman? Still though, the book sat on the shelf for the next couple
At this time, I was working in Northern Mexico on a project training
local health promoters in a squatter settlement outside of Mexicali.
I had started a non-profit corporation and believed that a life of service
was my calling. Though I believed this intellectually, many things in
my life were out of balance (as I would soon find out).
In the midst of trying to help others, I was ignoring my own needs,
both physically and emotionally. During one
stretch in Mexicli, I was living almost entirely on the sugar and coffee
I was offered during my home visits, justifying this unhealthy indulgence
by saying I was being polite. Truth was, I loved coffee and sweets.
And here I was teaching people about nutrition, hardly a balance.
Shortly after returning home that time, I became sick with viral meningitis
and was hospitalized for a few days. I was then pretty much bedridden.
For several weeks I would try to get up and walk around but I would
feel disoriented, dizzy, basically like I had jet-lag. I was starting
to get depressed, thinking I might never get well. After all, some people
did have permanent problems from meningitis.
About three weeks into this infirmity, I picked up the Peace Pilgrim
book our of boredom. I was immediately
captivated. I read nearly half the book in that first sitting, full
of wonder and joy and excitement at this remarkable
woman and her simple informed message. It felt as though as I had been
waiting my entire life to meet this woman.
I remember getting up from my bed that afternoon and noticing that I
felt considerably better, for me the first time
in weeks within a couple of days I was nearly recovered. This was my
first meeting with Peace Pilgrim and her message. She has remained a
near constant companion in my heart as I seek to learn about and integrate
her simple message into my life. Paul Astin
PRISONER Peace Pilgrims book was just one of
the books that started a new way of living. Although Ive moved
into a comparative religions area of study, it would not have been
possible to draw my own conclusion, spiritually, without inspiring
books such as Peace Pilgrims. This and your volunteers touched
this new life in a BIG way. Know that you are all responsible for
opening doors that I thought were shut. It took prison to get my spiritual
attention, and well worth the painful journey.
PUBLICATIONS WE OFFER
(we depend on donations to cover our costs)
Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Work in Her Own Words.
Standard, Hard Cover, Compact and Spanish.
Steps Toward Inner Peace
English, Spanish and Large Print
Peace Pilgrim, An Extraordinary Life
Peace Pilgrim Book and Steps Album (audio tapes)
Campbell House, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Spiritual
Special 30 minute,
The Spirit of Peace Documentary, An American Sage,
Speaking To A College Class, Answering Questions,
Interviews of Peace Pilgrim, All videos in the PAL system
The Peace Pilgrim Coloring Book
English, Spanish, Portuguese & French
The 2003 Calendar
Some Back Issues of our Newsletter
Addresses of Our Books in Other Languages
Songs using Peace Pilgrims words on CD or Cassette
For further information see our offering
sheet and check the web site.
UTAH Hello. I am serving a 30-yr sentence here at the
Utah St. prison.
Ive served 3 years already and in that time Ive caused
many problems. I was always getting write-ups, fines and locked-down.
Nothing seemed to bother me.
Until one day, last Dec. an inmate who I picked on and tried to hurt
came to me and told me God loves me. We wrote letters to each other
because I didnt want my socalled friends to know I was associating
with him. I do believe in the Lord, but at that time I was drifting
apart. When this inmate told me to let the Lord solve my problems
and said he prayed for me. I really felt loved. For a long, long time.
Weve become good friends now.
I asked him, why are you always smiling and cheerful? This is
prison. Youre here for punishment, not to be happy. He
said he read a book about some peace pilgrim. It gave him joy and
happiness all the time. Hes been like that for 5 months now.
Every one thinks he has mental problems. But I know the truth.
Could you please send me and my other friend a copy of your book!
That book must be special because that inmate always keeps reading
Thank you so much and God bless.
PEACE PILGRIMS MESSAGE
Peace Pilgrim was first introduced in November 1993 to Mugumu Serengue,
Tanzania by Rev. Christopher
Nyamuma. He formed a translation committee. The purpose of a committee
was to help in translating Peace
Pilgrim Books and Steps into Kiswahili, the common language used in
most countries in Africa. The translation
group was chosen and I was among the translators in 1994. We started
translating those books by volunteering ourselves. Friends of Peace
Center granted us translation materials and funds for printing books.
In 1996 we printed the first Kiswahili edition. 1000 copies of Peace
Pilgrim book and 1500 of Steps were printed. We distributed these books
in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
It was a wonderful experience in my life. Peace Pilgrims message
transformed my soul and mind while I was translating the books. The
message teaches me how to live a simple life, love and care for others,
and build community based on honesty, respect and inner peace.
Peace Pilgrims book in Kiswahili (Msafiri wa Amani) did wonderfully
since it was translated into Kiswahili, and
many people could read and understand it. Many people wrote to me requesting
copies of the book in Kiswahili.
This is the fact that proves that inner peace is an idea whose Time
Actually, I need more Kiswahili to distribute them to other African
countries who use Kiswahili. These are
Burundi, Malawi, Madagascar, Congo, Kenya, Somalia, and the islands
By Emmanuel C. Karaka, Tanzania Religious Society of Friends.
FR. PETER ADE OTUBUSIN, NIGERIA
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Loving Greetings. It is wonderful to keep in touch. Your recent edition,
number 35, is indeed wonderful. The idea
of A Peace Pilgrim Statue on the university grounds is indeed remarkable.
The words of Robert Muller are quite
No doubt peace is the fount of truth and peace is the answer to all
our problems. With peace many things could
be transformed positively.
I am indeed grateful for the privilege of getting in touch with your
Peace Pilgrim publications.
God bless you and success to the work of your hands.
GREECE Thank you so much for sending me the newsletter;
the info is a highlight in my life. Next to Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer,
Peace Pilgrim and her work are the most inspiring people to me....I
wish that every prison in the world would have the PEACE PILGRIM material
available and all schools would have it and offer it as teaching.
Perhaps one day!!!.
PILGRIM ON THE INTERNET
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by Bruce Nichols
In each Newsletter we like to
share a few links to other sites of interest. Two are listed below.
A comprehensive collection of sites we have found valuable can be found
on the Peace Pilgrim "Links" page at <http://www.peacepilgrim.com/links1.htm>.
Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze) works to achieve the abolition
of nuclear weapons, the development of a peace-oriented economy, an
end to the international weapons trade, and promotes non-military
solutions to international conflicts.
LISTENING AND LOVING SPEECH
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Excerpts from a speech by Thich
When you come to a negotiation table you want peace, you have hope
for peace. But if you do not master the art
of compassionate listening and loving speech it is very difficult for
you to get concrete results.
I remember a number of years ago when I went to India and had the opportunity
to meet with the chairperson of
the Indian parliament, Mr. Narayan. We discussed the practice of compassionate
listening and kind speech in the congress. He was very attentive to
what I had to say. I said, A few lines could be read to bring
awareness into everyones mind, such as Dear colleagues.
The people who have elected us expect that we will communicate with
each other deeply using kind and respectful speech and deep listening
in order to share our insight. This will enable the congress to make
the best decisions for the benefit of the nation and the people. Everytime
the debate is too hot, if people are insulting each other and condemning
each other, then the chairperson may invite the bell of mindfulness
inviting everyone to breathe in and out-breathing in calming, breathing
out smilinguntil the atmosphere of the congress becomes calm.
Then the one who is speaking is invited to continue his or her speech.
Mr. Narayan was very attentive to what I said. He invited me to come
back and address the Indian parliament on that issue. Ten days later
there was an article in a newspaper that the President had set up a
committee on communication for the parliament to develop the practice
of deep listening and loving speech in the congress.
I think that we may like to write our senators and representatives so
that in the U.S. Congress they may try to practice deep listening and
SOUTH AFRICA It is so heartwarming that Peace Pilgrims
message continues to spread in so many directions and in so many ways,
radiating outward from your home which is the centre of Peace Pilgrims
world wide mission.
I received a long interesting and loving letter from Natasha in Russia
in response to my letter to her after reading your newsletter and
a card on which she had written As cold water is to a
thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
by Ana Sousa
It was only 3 days ago that I came across your website and heard for
the first time in my life about Peace Pilgrim
and what she did to sow peace in everyones heart and to bring
peace to the whole world.
For 3 days I did nothing else but read every text I could find on the
net about her. I am overwhelmed for I did not
know that such a person had existed.
I am so impressed with everything I read that I am facing the possibility
of opening a small space to welcome
whoever in Portugal wants to become a Friend of Peace Pilgrim.
Last evening I invited 3 friends for supper to tell them about Peace
Pilgrim. They were very excited and very interested. It was decided
to create on the spot the AMIGOS DE PEACE PILGRIM (PORTUGAL) which will
be legalized shortly.
In due time we will face the possibility of writing to the newspapers
about her life and her writings.
GLOBAL SILENT PEACE
The Luther College campus in Ohio will soon (10-12-02)
host monthly global silent peace walks, inspired by Peace Pilgrim. Starting
Oct. 20, the peace walks will be held the third Sunday of every month.
Participants will meet at the Pole on the Bell Green at 2 pm, The group
will walk to the Decorah Courthouse and back to the pole in silence
in order to focus on thoughts about peace.
It is a slow peace walk in silence, with no banners, no chanting
and no polarizing confrontations to practice
peace explains Nora Vincent. Its a walk to show that peace
is every step and that the voice of peacemaking and
peace building is alive and steady step-by-step.
PENNSYLVANIA Since discovering the Steps
booklet last January I continue to be inspired and uplifted by Peace
Pilgrim. Last year I ordered 100 booklets and I give them out to friends,
family and people I dont know but who I meet when I travel.
I also ordered one copy of her book, PEACE PILGRIM. In my opinion,
theres no need for any other book on spirituality. Its
TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT PEACE
by Mayte Kline
Children learn what they live. In my experience giving Peace talks
to children in Mexico junior high, and Costa Rica elementary to high
school, I have these suggestions:
1. Invite children to be involved from the beginning find an
interesting question for them, according to their age level, to bring
alive their curiosity and enthusiasm. It can be as simple as...What
do you think PEACE is?
2. Use plenty of examples from the PEACE PILGRIM book.
3. Kids love to touch so if you have a PEACE PILGRIM tuniclet
them experience it!
4. Show pictures and whatever you may have so children obtain a visual
image of PEACE PILGRIM which later on will become a symbol
of peace for them. Sing a song from the PEACE PROGRAM CD.
5. In some occasions, groups of kids greeted me with pretty hand-made
posters in which they selected their favorite phrase from the PEACE
PILGRIM materials and pasted along a photo of her. The posters were
going to be a present for their parents.
6. Make copies of PEACE PILGRIM book and select good PEACE PILGRIM
sentences. Cut them in individual pieces and put them in a basket.
Let each child select a piece of paper from the basket,
read it to the group, and share how that sentence relates to him/her.
I have found this to be a powerful exercise to raise consciousness.
In many cases they read exactly what they need to know to solve a
personal situation. Many children have been deeply affected by this
exercise. They love it!
7. Let them consider how can they apply what theyve experienced
in the session in their own life. Ask them to share it with the whole
group as they feel comfortable doing so.
8. Invite the children to make as many questions as they wish. I have
had sessions in which more than twenty hands wanted to have their
turn to talk at the same time.
I am a student from Taiwan and studying in California.
It is so lucky that I had a chance to read the book, PEACE PILGRIM,
HER LIFE AND WORK IN HER OWN WORDS. Her behavior deeply touches me
and I do appreciate these words. I decided to introduce her spirit
to more people by spreading the book, PEACE PILGRIM. Please send a
printers box of standard edition PEACE PILGRIM.
THE PEACE PILGRIM
by Richard Roller
Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim,
We are happy to report on the progress in developing a feature film
portrayal of the life of Peace Pilgrim.
From the beginning, we have worked with a circle of friends and industry
professionals to produce a screen story
that would speak not only to those who already consider themselves Friends
of Peace Pilgrim, but to the people of
the world who long for peace.
Our greatest hope is that Peace Pilgrim will go beyond mere entertainment
and serve to inspire a global renaissance of the eternal principles
of peace, as taught and lived by Peace Pilgrim and other great souls
who came before her and who will follow.
Recently, Jemila Ericson was auditioning for a role in an ABC Hallmark
Hall of Fame movie special. Karen Arthur, the director, in looking over
Jemilas resume, noticed she had performed a one-woman show as
Peace Pilgrim. She told Jemila that she had worked with Paramount Pictures
on some ideas for a Peace Pilgrim movie a few years before Peace passed
away. At that time there was no script. Jemila, having read and been
moved by our version, recommended us to Karen. Jemila got the part in
Karens film, The Locket, and since then, Karen has gotten involved
with us and will possibly direct the film.
As a result of that fateful meeting between Jemila and Karen, we now
have another mentor who feels this is an
important movie. She is actively guiding the projects development. Once
we are finished processing Karens wonderful suggestions, she has
offered to connect us with film industry people who may be instrumental
in helping to get the Peace Pilgrim story told.
As the initiators of this project, we work on an almost daily basis
to absorb and put into action the message we
get from Peaces life. Which is to take the right action and then
turn over the results to God. This is not easy, because we want so much
to see this movie happen. God willing, it will come to passand
In the meantime, we will continue to keep everyone informed of our progress.
If you are inspired to help us
find the people and funds needed to make this vision come true, please
contact us. At the very least, keep us in your prayers.
Richard Roller, Gregory Bell
UTAH Im 21 years old and searching for enlightenment.
I had read Steps Toward Inner Peace and I must say, there
is a lot of spiritual enlightenment in that 32 page book. It helped
me to look at life in a whole other light, and I will like to learn
more about inner peace to help me with the hard times I must face
in learning lifes lesson.
PEACE IN MANY
by Kathy Miller
A generous monetary gift from a long time supporter is
enabling us to print the Arabic and Hebrew Steps Toward
Inner Peace in the United States. This will make them available
to more people. We were also able to assist
Friends in Tanzania reprint both Steps and the Peace Pilgrim
book in Kiswahili.
Other translations of the book in progress are: Chinese, Korean, Danish,
Japanese, Greek and Thai. French Steps is being revised
and reprinted. Monk Krishna Man, from Nepal, plans to come to our Center
to translate Steps into Neopali. We received manuscripts
for the Arabic and the childrens book in Russian.
Most translations are printed and distributed in the country where they
have been translated. Manuscripts that are
sent to us are held until we have the funding to publish them.
There is a new Peace Pilgrim Center in Lisbon, Portugal. Ana Sousa Amigos
de Peregrina da Paz, Pia Principe da
Beira, 8-8 Esq, 2735-523 S. Marcos, Portugal. Email: email@example.com
If you know of any other translations in progress or would like to help
in any way, please contact Kathy at the
Peace Pilgrim Center. We greatly appreciate the dedication, support
and inspiration of our friends around the world.
MAINE I have read the book, PEACE PILGRIM that you
sent to me and my only word is wow. I thank you all so
much. This is the most inspirational book that I have ever read.
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