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Stuyvesant Square Park, NYC

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(From left: Rachel Gomez, Community Service Director at Friends Seminary; Rev. Lyndon Harris, Executive Director of the Garden of Forgiveness; Craig Snoke, garden designer and designer of the Stuyvesant Square Park Garden of Forgiveness; Claire Brennan, Friends Seminary student and Peace Club leader; and Carly Ritter, executive assistant of the Garden of Forgiveness.)


The Peace Club at Friends Seminary high school in NYC formally dedicated a quadrant of Stuyvesant Square Park as a Garden of Forgiveness on October 25, 2008. Garden of Forgiveness Executive Director Lyndon Harris spoke, as did Claire Brennan, student leader of the Peace Club. Both spoke of the importance of forgiveness in peacemaking, and of the significance of the first Garden of Forgiveness in NYC coming from youth. It truly has been a joy for us to work with these amazing students. Look below for photographs from the dedication!


The following is copy from the press release:


For Immediate Release

September 22, 2008


Friends Seminary Peace Club to Dedicate Garden

in Stuyvesant Park


NEW YORK, N.Y. – In partnership with the Global Gardens of Forgiveness Network, the Friends Seminary Peace Club will dedicate a “Garden of Forgiveness” in Stuyvesant Square Park on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 12 p.m.


Reverend Lyndon Harris, executive director of the Gardens of Forgiveness, and Claire Brennan, student coordinator and Peace Club leader at Friends Seminary, will speak during the ceremony. Those in attendance will be invited to plant a bulb in the garden space.


The “Garden of Forgiveness” in Stuyvesant Square Park will be a public place to raise awareness about the power of forgiveness for healing and conflict transformation, connecting the local community to the global network of Gardens of Forgiveness, including Beirut, Lebanon, where the movement began. Youth-driven, the “Garden of Forgiveness” in Stuyvesant Square Park will teach a new generation of leaders important tools for transforming conflict and creating a new future.


The event will coincide with “It’s My Park Day,” a semi-annual event in May and October, which brings thousands of volunteers to over 150 sites in all five boroughs.


For more information, please contact Carly Ritter of the Gardens of Forgiveness at 646-251-1181, ritter@gofnyc.org, or John Galayda, director of communications at Friends Seminary at 212-979-5035, ext. 210, jgalayda@friendsseminary.org.


About Friends Seminary

Friends Seminary, the oldest continuous coeducational school in New York City serves 680 college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12. Steeped in history and tradition, Friends Seminary, a Quaker school, remains a progressive institution offering course work that is timely and relevant to today’s world. In 2008, the School became the first school in NYC to offer an Arabic language class to a student body that is not predominantly Arabic. Guided by the school’s mission, Friends Seminary prepares students “not only for the world that is, but to help them bring about the world that ought to be.”


Please check out the blog links below for entries about this new member of the Global Gardens of Forgiveness Movement!


"Garden of Forgiveness Formally Dedicated in Stuyvesant Square Park, NYC!"



"Garden of Forgiveness grows in Stuyvesant Square Park with Friends Seminary 'Peace Club'!":



"Summer Friends campers working in the Garden of Forgiveness at Stuyvesant Square Park":



Here are some photographs from the October 25th dedication of the Stuyvesant Square Garden of Forgiveness:


This is the "heart" of the peace dove in the garden - white mums open up into the wings of a dove of peace:

Here are families planting bulbs in the garden just before the dedication:

Here is Rev. Lyndon Harris will Claire Brennan, holding the plaque that will be permanently placed in the garden. The quotation on it is from Desmond Tutu: "Without forgiveness, there is no future":

Here is Claire Brennan with Craig Snoke, the designer of the garden:

Here is Claire with the plaque:


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