SANTA BARBARA, November 22 -- Peace sounded like thunder at the Doubletree Resort ballroom when about 280 people leapt to their feet to give standing ovations to two leaders who have spent their lives waging peace. (See
Reverend George Regas received the Distinguished Peace Leadership Award in recognition of his courage commitment and vision in building interfaith movements for nuclear disarmament and peace. Click here to read Rev. Regas' speech.
Stanley Sheinbaum received the World Citizenship Award for his sustained and courageous efforts to forge peace and create new dialogue between old adversaries.
Those in the audience, including some 100 sponsored students, said they found the 25th Annual Evening for Peace exciting, inspiring and memorable. The choir from Westmont College and Cantor Mark Childs provided moving music while speakers David Krieger, Rev. Mark Asman, Mike Farrell and Board Members Anna Grotenhuis and Selma Rubin weaved insight with inspiration.
“We are honoring two outstanding individuals – Reverend George Regas and Stanley Sheinbaum – who have together spent over a century, often behind the scenes, working for a more just and peaceful world. This evening we shine a light on their acts of peace and world citizenship, and it is our hope that their lives will inspire all of us, and particularly the young people who are here, to lives of greater compassion, courage and commitment.”
-- David Krieger
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Foundation wishes to thank all those people and organizations who made this Evening for Peace possible through their volunteer work, their gifts and their dedication to creating a world free of nuclear weapons.
In an atmosphere that was both convivial and uplifting, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation showed that the campaign for a nuclear weapons-free world is not an idle dream, but rather a movement of positive spirit with the power to unite Americans and people all around the world.
As Rev. George Regas and Stanley Sheinbaum both indicated in their talks, there is great opportunity for progress on nuclear disarmament in the near future. However, we must support a new agenda for US nuclear policy. (Click here to see our First 100 Days call to action.)
Imagine future generations marveling that we were the people with the determination, will and wisdom to take action.
A just and secure peace in a world free of nuclear weapons.
It’s a goal we all can share, that benefits all people.
As Rev. Regas said in his acceptance speech, the time has come to “mobilize.”
Shining a light on peace leadership. Photo: Rick Carter.