Nakashima Foundation for Peace Honors The Very Reverend James Morton with the Inaugural Nakashima Foundation Award for Peace
The Nakashima Foundation for Peace honored The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean Emeritus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Founder of The Interfaith Center of New York, and Honorary Chairman of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm. He received the Inaugural Nakashima Foundation Award for Peace. What an honor and privilege it is to be on the Board and help plan and participate in the day.
This champagne reception was held at the Foundation Arts Building, which has been named to the World Monuments Fund Watch List, at the Nakashima Studio, 1847 Aquetong Road, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and included a concert celebrating peace and spring offered by “Mostly Motets.”
Indeed, the sun shone brightly as nature smiled on us. Dogwood and cherry trees bloomed and everywhere the eye went there was harmony and beauty. It was a fitting exhuberance for the Studio had also just been designated a National Historic Monument a few days earlier!
The music added to the uplifted atmosphere and prepared the audience for the tributes given to a man whose life is devoted to peace, ecumenism and international understanding.
Messages from Dr. Karan Singh, the son of the last Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, of India and the Archbishop Emeritus and Noble Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu of South Africa showed the stretch of the Very Reverend Morton’s ministry.
My friends, Ambassador and Mrs. Cabactulan, had driven from NYC to be present. He is the Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations and his spouse, Fe, is the President of the United Nations Delegations Women’s Club. The Honorable Ambassador gave touching remarks about the Very Reverend’s work and how he has influenced a whole generation in interfaith and peace work.
To close the event, the Board led everyone in reciting the Blessing which I had written for the Global Connection II on February 11th. It was very moving to hear so many saying the words which had come to me to bless the Nakashima Sacred Peace Table for Asia. With a few changes, it became relevant in New Hope on May 4th for the whole world.
Let us breathe out any remaining distractions.