August 6th, 2016, marks the 71st anniversary of the detonation of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, followed three days later by an atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan. These first and, to date only, unleashings of atomic weapons caused the death of over 200,000 human beings.
There is an energy of war and an energy of peace. We can all contribute to the generation of the energy of peace through our thoughts, prayers, and actions. Humanity is one decision away from unleashing horrific destruction and annihilation upon itself.
We of the Community of Quakers invite you, as sisters and brothers of the faith communities of the Midlands, to join us in a Hiroshima Vigil on Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 7pm, at our Columbia Friends Meeting House at 120 Pisgah Church Road.
At the August 6th vigil we will plant a peace pole in front of the Columbia Friends Meetinghouse. (See the attached “What is a Peace Pole?” flyer.) We believe peace poles serve as a visible and enduring symbol of our stand for peace. We also ask you to consider participation in the placement of peace poles in your own community.
The world can become a more peaceful place. It begins with each one of us making a personal decision and taking a public stand. Let us join in dialogue, let us actively stand unified, and let us follow that Spirit that leads us in understanding. We hope you will join us.