In 1953, when it seemed a woman's place was in the home, Mildred Ryder gave up everything she owned – including her name – to begin walking across the US to promote peace. She became known as Peace Pilgrim and for the next 28 years she walked to spread the message of peace. Author Merry Brennan will be giving a presentation about her new book, "Peace Pilgrim: Walking Her Talk Against Hate", September 28 at 7 PM at the Manasquan Friends Meetinghouse. Peace Pilgrim walked with only the clothes on her back and the simple sneakers on her feet, living off the land and the kindness of strangers. Whenever she encountered trouble -- from black eyes to blizzards to jail-- her sole response was love. Crossing the country on foot SEVEN times, Peace Pilgrim touched tens of thousands of lives, one step at a time. Brennan's book tells the story of this inspirational but overlooked New Jersey native. "With everything going on in the world, I think we can all benefit from a little dose of Peace Pilgrim," said Brennan. "Beyond the obvious message of peace… her message was about how even a small person, with a small life, can make a big difference." Brennan, an award-winning journalist and author from Belmar, will have video and a worn pair of Peace Pilgrim's sneakers at the presentation. Copies of her book will be available for sale. The Peace Pilgrim program will be held Saturday September 28 at 7 PM and is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Manasquan Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers,) it will be held at the Manasquan Meetinghouse, 2257 Meetinghouse Road at the Route 35 traffic circle in Manasquan. The historic Meetinghouse is heated and handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about Merry Brennan or the book "Peace Pilgrim", visit Brennan's website at www.merrymorphosis.com where she blogs about writing and living in peace.
Saturday - September 28, 2013
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