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.
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.