- There is always a support car traveling with walkers. The group takes an easy walking pace of about 2 MPH.
- We practice pandemic safety for all taking part. We are socially distanced and wear masks.
- Walkers bring their own food with them and are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the walk. The “trail car” can provide short lifts as needed or in emergencies.
The final week. The 2020 walk will complete to last week in October ending on Saturday, Oct. 31st in Plymouth MA. For more details contact Tim Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Oct 28:
- 10:00 – Provincetown Unitarian Universalist Church
- Prayer circle on Corn Hill Beach
- First Encounter Beach, Eastham MA
Thursday, Oct 29:
- 10:00 – Old Colony History Museum in Taunton MA
- 4:00 – Murray Unitarian Universalist Church in Attleboro MA
Friday, Oct 30:
- 9:00 – gather at boat dock, 691 Lantern Hill Rd, North Stonington CT for a sacred circle
- walk 7.5 miles to Mystic
- Prayer ceremony at peace tree at the site of the Pequot Massacre in Mystic CT
Saturday, Oct 31st:
- 10:30 – gather at Plimoth Plantation
- Walk 3.2 miles to Plymouth Center
- Noon – closing ceremony at the statue of Massasoit, 35 Carver Street, Plymouth MA
Note: In previous walks, the pagoda monks have stayed in homes along the way, but they are unable to do so this year due to COVID-19. If you feel led to help them with their expenses en route, there are two ways to donate to walk expenses at: https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/donations-new-england-peace-pagoda The monks want to express their deep gratitude for any help available.
The pagoda began its 2020 “Listening to the Call” walk going from Florence through Amherst, Leverett, Montague and Greenfield ending at the Connecticut riverside in Unity Park in Turners Falls, during the 3 days leading up to the 400 Years virtual gathering held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18th
Day One: Thursday, October 15th
- Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue in Florence: Reflections & prayers – Wendy Sinton, Sr. Clare Carter, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske (hosted by Beit Ahavah synagogue)
- Pulaski Park: Reflections & prayers by Rev. Michael McSherry, Rev. Janet Bush, Becky Jones, Rev. Andrea Ayvazian
- Prayers at Goodwin AME Zion Church
- Prayers & reflections at First Church – Rev. Vicki Kemper
- Closing prayers & reflections at Jewish Community of Amherst
Day Two: Friday, October 16th
- Reflections & prayers at Mt Toby Friends Meeting in Leverett MA
- Leverett Congregational Church Prayers & reflections: Pastor Lee Barstow & members of congregation
- New England Peace Pagoda Prayers & reflections, lunch
- First Congregational Church of Montague Closing prayers & reflections
Day Three: Saturday, October 17th
- Montague Common for opening prayers (we then drove to Woolman Hill)
- Prayers and reflection at Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center
- 2nd Congregational Church of Greenfield
- Episcopal Church of Saints James & Andrews – lunch provided by Stone Soup
- Temple Israel: Reflections & prayers, led by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
- Unity Park in Turners Falls – recalling and reflecting on the 1676 massacre at Great Falls and the 2004 Reconciliation Ceremony: David Brule of Nolumbeka Project, Sr. Clare Carter, John Sheldon
Monday, Oct. 19th: Old Deerfield Village to Mt Sugarloaf in South Deerfield MA
Tuesday, Oct. 20th: Ashfield to Plainfield MA
Saturday, Oct. 24th: Lancaster, Natick, Boston
Sunday, Oct. 25th: Parish UU Church in Dorchester to Boston Commons
Monday, Oct. 26: United First Parish Church, Quincy MA thru Weymouth to Hingham MA
Tuesday, Oct 27: Rockland MA to North Community Church, Marshfield-Duxbury MA
“The 2020 Commemoration which is already in the planning stages on both sides of the Atlantic, definitely must not be an occasion of self congratulations…but will have to be a time of deep introspection and reflection by the society that was transplanted here on Indian land!
If this isn’t understood…then we will be losing for all our future generations the extremely vital teaching moment the Creator is giving us at these extremely troubled times we are living in.”
– Tall Oak, Elder, Historian, Pequot-Wampanoag.