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Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020

Building the Future We Envision…

Green Acre Retreat and Conference Center, Eliot, Maine

Piscataqua Peace Forum 2020

A program of the Abbey of Hope, and funded by the Abbey and a generous grant from URI, the Piscataqua Peace Forum is planned as an annual gathering offering a universal platform for people of all religious, spiritual, and secular expressions from across the region, nation, and world, to co-create solutions to the most challenging issues facing humanity today. The program will integrate keynote speakers, panels, workshops, contemplative practice, and sacred performance, focusing on outcome-oriented action steps and applying common principles, values, and tools, such as conflict resolution, truth telling, and reconciliation.

The setting for the Piscataqua Peace Forum, in its earliest years a hotel known as Green Acre-on-the-Piscataqua, has its own long and celebrated history of working for unity, harmony, and peace, going back to the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 when Sarah Farmer, a partner in the Green Acre hotel, visited Chicago and invited Swami Vivekananda and Dharmapala to speak at the Green Acre Conferences she was establishing for the comparative study of religions. In its first season, 1894, Sarah Farmer raised the world’s first known “peace” flag, believing it represented the message brought by each prophet. In its early days, Green Acre attracted many other leaders, such as John Greenleaf Whittier, W.E.B. DuBois, Julia Ward Howe, Phoebe Hearst, and Booker T. Washington. For more about the history and facilities of Green Acre, see

The theme of the 1st annual Piscataqua Peace Forum is

Building a Culture of Peace and Justice.

Confirmed speakers, as of November 2019 include:

Audrey Kitagawa, Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions

Victor Kazanjian and Adeola Fearon, URI

Kurt Johnson, founder, the Interspiritual Network, author of The Coming Interspiritual Age

Layli Miller-Muro, founder and director, Tahirih Justice Center

Swami Tyagananda, Vedanta Society of Boston

David Ragland and Melinda Salazar , The Truth Telling Project

Sister Jenna, America Meditating

Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace, the Shift Network

Ben Bowler and Peter Blaze Corcoran, Unity Earth

Phil Goldberg, Author, American Veda

William Smith, National Center for Race Amity

Check the website often for more details and updates.

Registration opens in March 2020 at

For more information  or to sign up for the Registration  Priority list, contact:  connect@piscataquapeaceforum org

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