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In 2012, the Rev. Nancy Taylor of the First Congregational Church, Rabbi Bella Bogart of Congregation Shir Shalom, Imam Ali Siddiqui of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, and members of Sonoma Valley Peace and Justice gathered with members of the two congregations that share our campus and other members of the community to dedicate a Peace Pole now located on the church campus plaza..
The Peace Pole itself, which includes “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in nine different languages, is a gift of Sonoma Valley Peace and Justice to the church and the wider community of Sonoma Valley. As part of The World Peace Prayer Society, the Peace Pole Project began in Japan in 1955 when Masahisa Goi decided to dedicate his life to the message of peace in response to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“The congregation gratefully accepted the gift of this Peace Pole from Sonoma Valley Peace and Justice,” said Rev. Taylor of the First Congregational Church. “In our discussions about installing a Peace Pole on campus, we came to understand that having the Peace Pole in a visible location would remind us that we ourselves are called to be peacemakers. Of course, we also hope that it can serve as an invitation to everyone in the community to imagine, work for, and live into a world of true peace.”