"Walk for a New Spring"
On March 23, 2017, members of Foxborough Universalist Church offered “Peace Walkers” a warm place to rest and have some lunch. Buddhist monks and friends of the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA started the "Walk for a New Spring" following 9/11. Each year they begin their walk in Amherst taking their messages of peace, hope, and disarmament to Boston and ultimately to Washington DC. The focus for this year's walk is sanctuary for immigrants and demilitarization.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.
Peace Pagodas were built in Japanese cities as a symbol of peace including Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Foxborough Universalist Church is a vibrant and growing congregation of people working to connect with a sense of greater meaning, purpose, and belonging. We are gathered by love, guided by love and energized by love in our efforts to help heal the world.
10:20 am Religious Exploration classes begin (children go downstairs unless "all ages" service)
11:00 am Friendship Hour (coffee, snacks, and conversation)
6 Bird Street
Casual and contemporary: come as you are.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome. School aged children are invited to attend religious exploration classes; infant and toddler care is available during service.
on the Foxborough Common!
We Are a Welcoming Congregation!