Eastern Oklahoma Pax Christi

A Local Community of
The National Catholic Peace Movement

Pax Christi is concerned with war and violence
and the building of just structures.
 

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"Hiroshima & Nagasaki: 60 Years Later" Poster Exhibit


Exhibit Schedule

Details about hosting exhibit

Thumbnails of the posters

Photos of exhibit on display

Stations of the Cross/Prayer Service

Catholic Voices Bulletin Insert


Eastern Oklahoma Pax Christi, the local community of the national Catholic peace movement, has organized a poster exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This is a traveling exhibit, on display for up to two weeks at a time in parish halls around eastern Oklahoma. But it is not limited to Catholic churches, and we would welcome any organization with an interest in hosting the exhibit, such as other churches, synagogues, libraries, schools, etc.

At this time in U.S. history many are forgetting the horror of nuclear weapons, and some are even suggesting our country develop new nuclear weapons or adopt a first strike policy. Catholics, and all people of faith, should be at the forefront of opposition to such proposals.

Rather than sponsor a one-time event to commemorate the anniversary that would reach a limited number of persons, this project is reaching thousands of Catholics, and non-Catholics, around eastern Oklahoma.

Most of the posters for the exhibit were provided free of charge by The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan, and they have also provided several free videos. There are 30 posters that tell the story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some of the images are disturbing, but that is the reality of nuclear weapons. We have added several of our own posters to introduce the exhibit, recognize our supporters, present a Catholic perspective using quotes from Catholic and religious leaders, and at the end discuss nuclear weapon issues today - including a poster about depleted Uranium weapons.

We have also incorporated a spiritual aspect to the exhibit, by integrating a contemporary Stations of the Cross devotion in with the posters. This can be left out when the exhibit is hosted in a secular setting.

There is no charge to host the exhibit. We would welcome a small donation from those hosting the exhibit to cover our ongoing costs, but it is not required or even expected.

While the posters and videos were provided free of charge, we have incurred other costs in putting together the exhibit, and many individuals and groups have made donations to cover our costs. If you would like to support this project, donations in any amount will be appreciated and recognized. Please make your check out to “Eastern Oklahoma Pax Christi” and mail to John Kennington, 11224 S. 83 E. Ave., Bixby, OK 74008. If you would like to use a credit/debit card, please email me and I can make arrangements for you to use PayPal on the web.

 

Details About Hosting The Exhibit

The exhibit is completely self-contained, and the only requirement is a small table for displaying the videos and handouts. The posters are displayed on five 7-foot long display stands that are self supporting. See the accompanying photographs.

The space required is flexible, and can be as small as a classroom. But the ideal location is in a foyer or even back of the sanctuary, where parishioners or other visitors cannot miss it. The next best location would be a parish hall, especially the area where donuts are served after Mass or other services.

We have found that having the exhibit in place over two weekends works very well. This exhibit will generate discussion, and interest in viewing has actually been greater the second weekend. But we have also had it in place for just one weekend, and that also certainly works.

When being hosted at a church, some preparation is best, to prepare parishioners for the exhibit. We will provide posters to advertise the upcoming exhibit, and can help with bulletin announcements, or provide other resources as needed.

At the opening of the exhibit, at the Church of St. Benedict, we held a special prayer service to recognize the anniversary. This was about 30 minutes, and consisted of several short readings and the Station of the Cross that are integrated into the exhibit. Copies of that service will be available, either for visitors to do privately, or for the parish to sponsor. This could be done by the local peace and justice committee of the parish.

Also be sure to look at the bulletin insert put together by Pax Christi about nuclear weapons, “Hiroshima & Nagasaki 60 Years Later: Catholic Voices”, that was distributed at Parishes around the Diocese on August 6/7, 2005. Bishop Slattery has endorsed the insert and provided his own quote about nuclear weapons.

Thank you to our many supporters of this project, helping to ensure we do not ever become complacent about nuclear weapons.

To get more information about the exhibit, or to schedule it, please contact John Kennington at 918-809-6325 or via email at johnkennington@cox.net

 

Here is a description of the poster, from the Museum:

In August 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki each were completely destroyed by a single nuclear weapon, bringing about the loss of about 200,000 precious lives. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has developed a collection of posters concerning the conditions of the A-bomb damage including the A-bomb mushroom clouds and the A-bomb dome with the intent of passing the reality of the A-bombings on to as many people as possible and to heighten the awareness of peace.