March 2 through 7
Every year we walk the National Historic Trail from Selma to Montgomery, retracing the route of the 1965 march which lead to the Voting Rights Act, passed the same year. It was a seminal moment in the history of Civil Rights, and it is a great privilege to walk in the footsteps of those brave souls.
This is no exercise in nostalgia or history. The work continues to evolve and just last year the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery [eji.org] dedicated a memorial to lynching called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which will be the endpoint of the 54-mile walking pilgrimage. As always, we will start with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma [http://www.selma50.com/march-6-2016] which commemorates Bloody Sunday when the first marchers were beaten back across the Edmund Pettus Bridge by Alabama state troopers.
We return to this beautiful but troubled area of Alabama year after year and have always found the spirit of the struggle for human and civil rights alive and unbowed.
Pictures from the 2018 Selma Montgomery Peace Pilgrimage can be seen by clicking the "Pilgrimages" tab above.
We were invited to participate in the Memorial Service for Muhammad Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, KY.
Muhammad Ali wanted a multi-faith service for his memorial; his lawyer and friend who was on the committee for the service knew another lawyer who is a friend of our order; and of all of Nipponzan Myohoji members, we were geographically the closest.
Life can surprise you.What an honor and special day it was.
July 28, 2018
We celebrated the lives of Rev. William J. Bichsel, SJ (better known to all as Bix) and Daniel Gallagher of Hot Springs, NC, at the Ancestors Ceremony on July 28. Both were dear friends who love and spirit enriched the lives of all who knew them.
July 7, 2018
January 1 @ ATLANTA DOJO New Year's Gathering: Prayers at 11 a.m.,
Open House through the afternoon
March 2 thru 7 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Selma to Montgomery
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Flower Festival
Sat., April 27, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Flower Festival
May 4 through 27 @ PEACE PAGODA Spring Work Party
Sat., July 13, 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Ancestors Ceremony
July 27 through August 3 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Oak Ridge
Sat., August 17, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Ancestors Ceremony
September 7 though 22 @ PEACE PAGODA Fall Work Party
Click on the link above to view photos albums of past ceremonies at the Atlanta Dojo and the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda