Friends of
Peace Pilgrim

A Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt, All Volunteer Organization
PO Box 2207, Shelton, CT 06484
  tel. (203) 926-1581

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Summer/Fall 2006
Number 48

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"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, hatred with love" -- Peace Pilgrim

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Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim - Peace Pilgrim Pole Project
Peace Pilgrim Work Retreat - All the Good Things

Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim

The warm breath of summer has settled on the earth. Flowers blossom in our gardens and in the wild places graced by sun and rain and the richness of our planet. We hope you have had the time to get out and enjoy the “beauties of nature” that were such an inspiration to Peace Pilgrim.

July 7 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Peace’s “glorious transition to a freer life.” This spring a new printing of 10,000 our compact books arrived at our Oklahoma City distribution center. That shipment brought the total number of books we have published to 432,000. The last printing of the Steps Toward Inner Peace booklet brought the total copies of that offering to over 1,810,000. Our books and booklets have recently been sent to Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, France, Sweden, Bosnia, and all 50 states.

The pilgrimage that Peace Pilgrim began some fifty-three years ago is alive and well. Her message still inspires and offers encouragement to our friends, new and old, all over the world. All of us who volunteer our time and energy to this work are constantly amazed and heartened by the way her simple message of peace, truth, and love continues to be received by the world. And we are especially indebted to all of you who have also been touched by Peace and who share her story by telling your friends about her and by passing along our books and booklets.

In this issue you will find articles about new happenings at Friends of Peace Pilgrim, some stories about making peace with our environment, a long narrative from a friend who once distributed Peace Pilgrim books in France, and our usual collection of letters and email. We hope they will inspire you on your personal journey to peace.
By the time this reaches you, fall will be just around the corner. On September 21, the world will again celebrate the United Nations Day of Peace. We encourage you to take some time on that day (and every day for that matter) to think about, speak for, and take action on behalf of a more peaceful world.

In Peace,
Cheryl Canfield, Richard Polese, Mayte Picco-Kline,
Jeff Blom, Bruce Nichols, and John and Ann Rush
The Friends of Peace Pilgrim Board

“One little person, giving all her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history."

Peace Pilgrim    

Peace Pilgrim Pole Project

Many of you are familiar with Peace Poles. Promoted by the World Peace Prayer Society and bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”, usually in several languages, these messengers of peace have been placed in many thousands of locations all over the world.

A few years ago a similar monument bearing Peace Pilgrim’s message was erected in the country of Guyana in South America. One of our long time friends has been inspired to make a donation that would help us place similar poles in the capital cities of each of the fifty states.

We would like to solicit the help of our many friends around the country to facilitate this project. Friends of Peace Pilgrim will supply the four plaques with the following messages:





An additional small plaque will have information about Peace Pilgrim, possibly including an engraved picture.

The communities will need to supply an appropriate post on which to mount the plaques and a public location to display the “Peace Pilgrim Pole”. The location could be on public or private property, but it should be accessible to the public. Examples of private property might be places like college campuses, church grounds, schools, hospitals, etc.

Planting and dedication of the pole would include a public ceremony. If possible, one or more of our board members would be in attendance.

We are looking for your help in finding locations and making arrangements in the state capitals. More detailed guidelines will be available soon. If you can assist with this project, please send a written proposal to:

Friends of Peace Pilgrim
PO Box 2207
Shelton, CT 06484

You can call (203) 926-1581 for additional information.

The Peace Dome at Peaceful Pathways in Copperopolis

Library and Archives Update         (top)
Work Retreat, October 1 to October 14

A lot of remodeling work was completed last year on the old trailer that houses the library and archives at Peaceful Pathways – including the addition of a bathroom and completion of sleeping spaces. Most of the books are unpacked and displayed and the basics are in place. We also went through some harsh winter storms that caused damage in walls and ceilings which we hope to assess and repair before winter comes again.

There are many areas that could benefit from volunteer help and we are setting some dates in fall for a Work Retreat. It will be after the summer heat (temperatures are already reaching record highs) from Sunday, October 1 to Saturday, October 14. Board members will be in attendance during some period and volunteers may join for a few days or weekend – space is limited and will need to be confirmed in advance.

Here are some areas that need help (and any experienced hands):

The roof of the library and archives trailer needs to be assessed and made ready for the coming rains.

The entrance needs to be cemented and a railing installed.

A small deck to be added on the back.

Lots of painting projects – indoor and out.

Small repairs on the small trailer (used for guests).

The archives are in need of major organization.

Other outside opportunities are repairing of walking path signs brought from the previous center, using bush whacker to create more paths, lots of week pulling, construction of raised beds for garden, etc.

These are just a few of the many areas that could use help. Creative ideas are always welcome!

Vegetarian food will be available for volunteers to prepare and share. Peaceful Pathways is in the Sierra Foothills, an hour and a half from the Sacramento Airport. There is no public transportation.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cheryl at or (209) 785-8855.

All The Good Things - Revisited         (top)

During the past few months Public Television has been airing a program featuring inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer. During the program Dr. Dyer talks briefly about the impact Peace Pilgrim made on his life. He also mentions a story that appeared in the fall 1998 issue of our newsletter. This reference led to a host of inquiries and brought us a number of new friends. In response to some of the questions about the article, we discovered that the original source of the story was a book, Contact, The First Four Minutes by Leonard Sunin (now out of print). The Babemba or Bemba people make their home in an area of Africa that includes Zambia and the Congo.

The Babemba tribe of southern Africa has a social structure with an elementary criminal code. Their close community living makes harshness unnecessary. A visitor was deeply impressed by the tribe's handling of antisocial, delinquent behaviors, which are exceedingly infrequent.

When a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is placed in the center of the village, alone, unfettered. All work ceases. All gather around the accused individual. Then each person of every age, begins to talk out loud to the accused. One at a time, each person tells all the good things the one in the center ever did in his/her lifetime.

Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy, is recounted. All positive attributes, good deeds, strengths, and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. No one is permitted to fabricate, exaggerate or be facetious about accomplishments or positive aspects of the accused person.

The tribal ceremony often lasts several days, not ceasing until everyone is drained of every positive comment that can be mustered. At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe. Necessity for such ceremonies is rare!

“ It is considered the highest level of enlightenment to simply ‘walk as you talk’ – Peace Pilgrim lived out this message and I celebrate her magnificent commitment to peace and harmony in the world. Indeed, she is my hero.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer      


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