PRAYER: A Quiet Witness In The Desert by Holly Bridges

February 10, 2014

From A Circle of Prayer No power is greater than the power of people who meet in love together. In 1957 a small group of people, mostly Quakers, walked out into the Nevada desert and formed a circle.  The vast silence of the place, its stark but intricate beauty – rocks, yucca, sagebrush – masked the destruction churning and poisoning the land.  The group’s presence in the nuclear bomb test zone was both prayer and protest.  It occurred at the height of Cold War hostilities.  The nation was infatuated with tools of annihilation, which were hailed as the key to the country’s strength and global ascendancy. This tiny group in the desert, by contrast, believed that such a course was a terrible evil against humanity – [...]