This year is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War 2, on August 6 (Hiroshima) and (Nagasaki). Since that time, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and the tension in the world over who has the bomb, who doesn't, and who has the capability to create a nuclear bomb-a tension that constantly threatens to erupt into military action-have changed our understanding of our human capability for destruction and the entire philosophical and psychological landscape of our world today. And so we have decided to mark the anniversary with two services:
A Service of Lament,, at
Through the spoken word, choral works and visuals, we will lament the bombings of the two Japanese cities in 1945. This multimedia presentation will center on a piece by Thomas Merton, published in 1961 and entitled "Original Child Bomb: Points for meditation to be scratched on the walls of a cave," one of a series of what Merton called "anti-poems." The music of Pablo Casals and René Clausen, among others, will punctuate Merton's "conscious and ironic use of the debased but now-commonplace language that masks the horror of genocide." (from "Dante's Ghost," The Healing Project: http://
A Service for Peace, Sunday morning,, at the service
Our weekend will conclude with a service completing our lament and moving toward hope and peace.
These services are offered in the fervent hope that, through lament and confession, in acknowledgement of past wrongs and commitment to peace, we will find a way to come back to being the family of God's children on this earth.