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JUBILEE PARTICIPANTS PAUSE TO REMEMBER ATOMIC BLASTS
05 May 1996 08:37:56
95292 JUBILEE PARTICIPANTS PAUSE TO REMEMBER ATOMIC BLASTS
by Jerry L. Van Marter
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--Presbyterian Peacemaking Jubilee participants paused from
the rigors of speeches and workshops Aug. 13 to pray and observe a moment
of silence in remembrance of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
50 years ago.
Following the evening plenary, which featured a moving testimony to
the power of nonviolence by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire of
Northern Ireland, the 1,600 Jubilee participants filed silently out of the
Hofstra University gymnasium into a large open field.
There, candles in hand, they listened to Presbyterian pastor the Rev.
Kyoji Buma, who was born in Japan, reflect on the devastating effects of
the bombings on Japanese and Americans alike and offer a prayer for healing
Then, as a single bell monotonously tolled 50 times -- once for each
year since the dropping of the bombs -- the vast circle of Presbyterian
peacemakers quietly lit their candles and stood silently.
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