Following September 11, 2001 the Atlanta Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends planted a Peace Pole. The Pole was placed in the ground as a road marker on the path of peace during the chaos following this tragedy. The occasion was also the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Meeting where, dating back to the Civil Rights era, peace and social justice remain a dynamic of individual faith.
The Peace Pole was inspired and donated by Elizabeth Hendricks who is one of those most integral in the founding of the Atlanta Meeting. Elizabeth was living in a Senior Center in Pennsylvania and is there today. She first contacted Jim Tolmach who then asked Fred Stevens to help with planting it and creating a ceremony and garden.
As a Quaker community the Atlanta Friends have been steadfast in their opposition to wars of any kind. Over 100 adults and children were gathered around the Pole at its dedication outside the entrance to the Meeting House. Making the event meaningful were Bert Skellie, Karen Morris and a host of others. The Peace Pole stands as an ever-present reminder that the peoples of this planet will stop fighting once they decide to stop fighting. In this way the Pole expresses how we are divinely and infinitely loved! It honors what we are most deeply all about.
Like most Peace Poles it has four sides with four languages in a world of over 4000 different languages, connecting us in minute ways. In remembrance of devoted Atlanta peace activist Ed Arnold, Physicians For Social Responsibility, 1938-2008.
Atlanta Friends Meeting House
701 W. Howard Avenue Decatur, GA. 30030