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Peace Pole Re-Dedication

Peace Pole Re-Dedication Ceremony

September 23rd, 10:00 am  The simple ceremony will include blessings from multiple faith traditions and cultures, singing, and is open to the public.  Regular Sunday Service at 10:30 follows.

 

A Peace Pole is the simplest of monuments – a wood pole with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in several languages.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath County will host a re-dedication ceremony of their Peace Pole on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 am. ((  Join the event on Facebook!

This particular peace pole was originally installed in June 1998 beside the former Pine Grove School building which in those days was owned by UUFKC and served as their meeting place.

Twenty years ago, when Connee Pike-Urlacher and Robert Pike-Urlacher lost their second son,  Baby Oliver (in utero)  they  chose  the Peace Pole  as a memorial.    They chose the eight languages to adorn the pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Hebrew and Arabic were included for the two nations in a conflict at that time, Israel and Palestine, hoping for a peaceful resolution.

“It was the second Peace Pole in Klamath Falls, that I’m personally aware of, ” says Barbara Turk, UUFKC archivist. “Its  dedication was a tribute of hope for good will in our world, and a path from extreme grief to continued living for the Pike-Urlacher family.”

The 1998 dedication drew people of many  faiths and cultures who shared a beautiful summer day with one another,  and heard inspiring speakers on peace between nations and peace between neighbors.

Pine Grove Schoolhouse, former home of UUFKC, which burned in 2011

When the Pine Grove School building burned in 2011, the firefighters on the scene were able to rescue the Peace Pole from the blaze. It has lain in storage for seven years until this summer when a friend of the Fellowship restored the pole’s base and readied it for re-installation at the Unitarian Fellowship’s current home at 801 Jefferson st.

“The message of peace is universal,” says UUFKC board chair, Anya Kawka. “I see this pole as a symbol of humanity’s shared hope for peace. No one wants to live through war and strife. Republican or Democrat, Christian or Jew, we are all trying to live our best lives and care for our families. We have more in common than we do in conflict.”

The Unitarian Universalists have shared a building with St Paul’s Episcopal Church for seven years now. The Episcopalians have been very supportive of the installation of the rescued Peace Pole on the grounds of the church, and will be participating in the dedication ceremony.  “It just shows how much we share,” emphasizes Kawka. “Although we worship differently on Sunday mornings, we are able to come together around this simple prayer for peace.”

The Peace Pole Re-Dedication ceremony is open to the public.

Peace in the World – archives by Barbara

ARCHIVES AUGUST 2016 by Barbara Turk

On the heels of the Tulelake Internment Camp 2016 Pilgrimage, which many of us and our “UU friends in peace” attended, I share thoughts from August 1945, and beyond.

The justification of bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be argued until dooms day, either man-made, or when the Universe just tires completely of humankind’s stupidity.

You’ve all read about the 1000 cranes girl, Sadako Sasaki.  There’s a Peace Park in the center of Hiroshima, not far from where the bomb was dropped (Sadako was 2), and the Children’s Peace Memorial honors her, and reminds all:

                   “This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world”  

After her death at 12, her school friends formed a paper crane club to honor her, and eventually students from 3,100 schools and nine foreign countries gave money for the monument.  Sadako’s figure on the monument holds a golden crane.

Still today, world-wide, children fold and send paper cranes to be placed at Sadako’s statue at the Children’s Peace Memorial, “In remembrance of all child-victims of nuclear and conventional war”.

An older brother of Sadako and family members have donated some of her cranes to places of importance around the world, including the 911 Memorial in NewYork City, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Interestingly, there is also Sadako statue in the Seattle Peace Park.

Our fellowship has its own Peace Pole, a memorial for Oliver Pike-Urlacher, infant son of Connie and Robert.  I believe Rob is caretaker of it since the building fire in 2011.   “Peace on Earth” adorns it in eight languages.  Maybe one day we’ll have a new home and can re-dedicate it.

Within less than 24 hours after “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima August 6,1945, President Truman announced:  “Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima.  It is an atomic bomb.”

When HST made that announcement I was seven, and have no recollection of my own reaction; nor that of my parents—which today I’m thinking was total bewilderment, but great relief the fighting was done.

My parents’ silence was similar to that of the older Japanese in the ten camps across our nation. For some it took two generations of complete silence before their grandchildren learned of their camp experiences.

A member of the 2016 Pilgrimage Committee noted they continue this project so no one will ever forget, and let such injustice again take place.

What have we learned?  Well, MLK said:

                         “The time is always right to do what is right.”