Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ
adds Peace Pole

The Record Herald, Monday September 21, 2015


    • “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”
      That message echoed in eight different languages as the Peace Pole was installed on Saturday at the Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ.

      peacepolerecordheraldPastor Michael Cromer presided over the installation of the Peace Pole at the Church of the Apostles,
      United Church of Christ, as local children filled in the base of the pole with gravel.

A Peace Pole is a 10-foot tall cedar pole with a pointed top that has the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on signs in eight different languages on the pole.
Groups that put up a Peace Pole are given a choice of around four dozen languages to put on the pole — including some that most people wouldn’t have even heard of, according to Pastor Michael Cromer.
“We tried to choose (languages) that maybe people around here could relate to,” Cromer said. The languages on the Church of the Apostles’ 10-foot cedar pole are English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, Cherokee, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Peace Poles started in Japan in the wake of the destruction caused by dropping the atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.
The tradition came to the United States in 1986 and today there are 240,000 Peace Poles across the world in locations such as the Pentagon and the Israeli-Palestinian boarder.
“We’re trying to look for ways to engage in the community ... we’re hoping that everybody is interested in that cause ... this was an attempt to give people something positive to think about or do,” said Cromer.
The installation of the peace pole concluded with a sing-along of “Blowin' in the Wind” and a dove release.
There are plans for the area around the Peace Pole to be converted into a prayer garden so that people have a place to sit and reflect, according to Cromer.

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