John and Ann Rush
Many of you know and love our senior board members John and Ann Rush.
Two of the original compilers of our book, “Peace Pilgrim: Her
Life and Work in Her Own Words,” John and Ann met Peace Pilgrim
in 1957 and were long-time directors of the Peace Pilgrim Center when
it was located in Hemet, California. In 2001 they moved with the center
to Somerset, California where they continued to serve until 2003.
For the past two years, John and Ann have lived near their daughter
Eric and son-in-law Albert Pfister in a small blue house on Quaker City
Road in Charlestown, New Hampshire. Ann celebrated her 89th birthday
on January 30, 2006.
John recently broke his hip and is currently recup-erating at the Sullivan
County Health Care Facility. Ann is there also, keeping John company
and dealing with some of her own health challenges.
They love to hear from the many friends they made over the 20 years
they were the voices on the phone, editors of our newsletter, and packers
of innumerable boxes of offerings for Friends of Peace Pilgrim. You
can send them a card or letter at the following address:
John and Ann Rush
Sullivan County Health Care
5 Nursing Home Drive
Unity, NH 03743
John and Ann Rush in the backyard at Hemet
Returns from Space (top)
In the early morning hours of January 15, 2006 parachutes
opened over a 125 pound silver capsule and gently guided its descent
into the Utah desert. The journey had spanned seven years and 2.9 billion
miles. Onboard the “Stardust”
spacecraft were two small identical microchips
engraved with one million names – among them the name of Peace
Pilgrim. One chip returned to earth aboard the capsule. The second chip
will remain aboard the spacecraft and journey through space forever.
In the course of its seven-year odyssey, Peace’s name had traveled
several times around the sun, then far out beyond the orbit of the earth.
The capsule rendezvoused with the Wild 2 Comet on January 2, 2004 collecting
bits of space dust that may be almost as old as the solar system.
We don’t know who added Peace’s name to the chip’s
list but it was discovered sandwiched between MELISSA C PILGRIM and
PEEPAW PILGRIM while searching for references to Peace Pilgrim on the
to Peace's name - scroll down.) The find brought additional meaning
to the words that close the introduction to our book:
Free of earth, as free as air,
Now you travel everywhere.
Friends of Peace Pilgrim Locations
Here are the addresses of our three locations:
Our primary mailing address for requesting Peace Pilgrim materials,
inquiring about our work, or to send donations is in Connecticut.
Friends of Peace Pilgrim
PO Box 2207
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone - (203) 926-1581
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Peace Pilgrim is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
with our office of record in California. This is also the new home of
our study center and archives.
Friends of Peace Pilgrim
4399 Buckboard Drive
PO Box 423
Copperopolis, CA 95228
Our distribution office is located in Oklahoma City.
Volunteers package and ship our offerings to friends worldwide from
this location. Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from
11 am till 7 pm.
Friend of Peace Pilgrim
PO Box 61303
1901 North Douglas Avenue – 2nd Floor
Oklahoma City, OK 73146
Phone – (405) 525-3137
Peace Pilgrim in History - Feb. 12, 1956 (top)
Pilgrim" when she was in school, was "intrigued by the
notion of making: money and getting ahead of everyone else."
"Fifteen years ago I saw the
folly of that," she said here yesterday. "I dedicated
myself to the service of mankind."
Peace Pilgrim — she gives
no other identification — walked into Nashville Friday night,
7800 miles of traveling behind her. She has come to talk to church
groups, college audiences, all who will listen. Her theme: "World
disarmament.” "If I told you my name, where I came
from, it would mean nothing,” she said. "I'm a voice,
that's all. “
Since 1953 the tanned and grey-blonde
haired woman as an ascetic, has been touring the United States
on foot. She offers to those she meets: "Overcome evil with
good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.''
In her wanderings, Peace Pilgrim
said she has zigzagged across the country, dipped into Mexico
and Canada. She's headed up the eastern seaboard now. Her possessions
are her clothes, a pad and pencil. She walks "until I am
given shelter" fasts "until I am given food."
"There is a disarming quality
inherent in loving,” she said. "I see it often. Because
I love all people, hatred, fear and suspicion leave their hearts.
If everyone felt as I, loved as I, the world would be as God intended.
And everyone is capable of making it so."
She will remain a wanderer until
"mankind has learned the way of peace."
time like this calls for much peace prayer and peace effort. All
right work and right prayer has effect, all good effort bears
good fruit, whether we see the results or not. In spite of the
darkness in the present world situation I am not discouraged.
I know that just as human life proceeds toward harmony through
a series of hills and valleys, so a society has its ups and downs
in its search for peace."
Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Works in Her Own
Words - Pg. 99
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