Hiroshima Day Resources
August 6, 2014, will be the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima Day and there are many interfaith and Unitarian Universalist (UU) resources related to Hiroshima Day.
- Shortly after the bombing in Hiroshima, Rev. A. Powell Davies of the All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, gave a famous sermon called Lest the Living Forget. In it, he encourages the congregation to give supplies to the victims of the bomb. After sending school supplies to the Honkawa school in Hiroshima, the church received 45 hand drawn pictures by the children of the city. Distinct from other images depicting the events of Hiroshima, these images are hopeful, inviting children of all ages to envision a different future of peace, reconciliation and open dialogue.
- Your congregation can organize a film screening of a powerful documentary about the Hiroshima Children's Drawings called Pictures From a Hiroshima Schoolyard. View the trailer (YouTube). Additionally, greeting cards featuring the Hiroshima Children's Drawings are available for purchase through the UUA Bookstore.
- The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a partner organization of Faithful Security which provides a very useful Educational Toolkit (PDF) that includes worship resources for Hiroshima Day.
- “Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace” is a video testament of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) who experienced the bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. A DVD of the testimonies is available for free via People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition.
- That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast—silence—hell on Earth...
Be sure to visit the museum's Kids Peace Station which includes presentations about Sadako Sasaki and the Peace Crane tradition.
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