St. Philip’s Peace Pole
Visitors to St. Philip’s might notice the Peace Pole in our churchyard.
The Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hope of the entire human family standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. An estimated 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world stand as monuments to peace.
Every Peace Pole bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language on each of its four sides. The St. Philip’s Peace pole extends this message in English, Spanish, Arabic and Lenape. Lenape is the language of the people who lived on local lands before Europeans arrived, and who still live here today.
In keeping with our intentions for peace, in 2022 the St. Philip’s vestry adopted the following statement of acknowledgement regarding our relationship to native lands:
“We acknowledge that St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, New Hope, Pennsylvania, worships on the land of the Lenni Lenape people, and we give thanks for their centuries of wise stewardship of this portion of God’s creation.”
It is a small and simple act of reconciliation.