CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore was presented the Peace and Understanding Award from Peace Islands Insitute on Monday, June 16 at a Ceremony in West Orange, NJ.

Peace Islands Awards-Dinner-June-16                   Rev. Bob Moore gets award 6-16-14
 CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore (third from right in left photo) poses with other honorees after he was honored on June 16.

A summary of Rev. Moore's remarks, from the Peace Islands Institute web site, is below.

In receiving his award, Rev. Moore said he was reminded of the Gospel and the words of Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount. “Jesus told the people: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’. For peace to become a reality in our world, we must have peacemakers. We have to do more than just hope for peace. We need people who are willing to put their shoulders to the plow and do the hard work of peace making.”

Rev. Moore said that, for him, being a peacemaker has been a blessing, not a burden. “We see so much violence around us, some might think of peacemaking as a burden,” he said. “But I’ve found that taking up the challenge of peacemaking is my blessing. We can all be part of peacemaking. None of us can do everything, but we each can do something. I invite all of you to be part of this blessing when we take up that faith-based challenge to be peacemakers.”

Master of Ceremonies Shareef picked up on Rev. Moore’s remarks, noting that “it’s been recorded the prophet Muhammad once said: ‘you will not enter paradise until you have faith and you will not have faith until you learn to love one another.’ As peace makers, every word we say carries a spirit.”

Since 1981 Rev. Moore has served as executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, a regional group dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking.    

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) 33rd Annual Membership Dinner on Sunday, June 8 was attended by 200 supporters from around the region.

Rep. Rush Holt, who will retire from Congress at the end of 2014, keynoted and was presented the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. Click here to see Rep. Holt's handwritten thank you note! 

 Below is a photo; click here to see a full gallery of excellent photos (of reception, honorees, etc.), special thanks to John Lien! Click here to see a more compact collage of photos on CFPA's Facebook page (you don't need to have your own Facebook page to view it!). Special thanks to Alesha Vega, our incoming Assistant Director.

Click here to see video of awards to Edward Aguilar, Esq.; the Rev. Carlton Branscomb; Dr. Firoozeh Vali; and special award to Rep. Rush Holt followed by his keynote speech. Click here to see YouTube video just of Rep. Holt's speech (33 minutes) Click here to see Q and A after Rep. Holt's address. Special thanks to Leigha Cohen!

After being presented with the George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, Rep. Rush Holt gives his keynote address to crowd.

Shira Goodman speaks 4-28-14
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action co-sponsored a Talk by Shira Goodman, Director of Ceasefire PA, on April 28 in Langhorne, PA.

 
 

 

 

Special thanks to John Lien for the excellent photos in the gallery here, a selection of which are below. Click here to see Facebook posting of the photos by our incoming Assistant Director, Alesha Vega.

Zia speaks to Crowd at Hiroshima 2014Keynote speaker Dr. Zia Mian speaks to crowd of about 80.


Glenn Swann plays shakuhachiGlenn Swann plays peace music on Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) 

            Solidarity Singers present music 8-5-14
Solidarity Singers of NJ Industrial Union Council offer peace music.

            Further details in press release below

AUGUST 5 EVENT IN PRINCETON COMMEMORATING THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WILL INCLUDE MUSIC, SPEAKERS, AND JAPANESE CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will have a Commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Hiroshima bombing anniversary, Tuesday, August 5. The Commemoration will begin with a Bring-Your-Own Picnic at 6 PM (no alcoholic beverages permitted), followed by the Program at 7 PM.

Both the Picnic and the Commemoration Ceremony will be in Albert Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon Street. In case of rain, the Picnic and Ceremony will be in the Community Room of the Library.

The Program will begin at 7:00 PM and will include a minute of silence at 7:15 PM, which corresponds to the Japanese time that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (8:15 AM on August 6). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Zia Mian, a research physicist in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and an expert on nuclear weapons in South Asia. Earlier this year, he received the Linus Pauling Legacy Award, and CFPA will salute him for that award after his talk.

In addition to Dr. Mian’s talk, Glenn Swann will play some pieces on the shakuhachi (Japanese flute); Kip Cherry and Mariko Banas will read some haiku about Hiroshima; and Liz Cohen will lead paper crane folding (a Japanese symbol of peace) for attendees of all ages. The Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council will present music.The event will conclude near 8:30 PM with lighting candles to remember the 140,000 who died on August 6, 1945.

The Picnic and Commemoration are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Coalition at (609) 924-5022 or visit their web site, www.peacecoalition.org.

“The purpose of this Commemoration is not to look back with 20-20 hindsight to question whether the atomic bombings in 1945 were justified. What’s done is done. Rather, our reason for having these commemorations is to remember the absolute horror that nuclear weapons represent, and re-commit ourselves to working for the global abolition of nuclear weapons so such total destruction can never again be inflicted on anyone,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA’s executive director. 

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