The Peace Spiral

A Forum on Forgiveness


The Peace Spiral was created at a special Forum on Forgiveness organized by Father Vazken. – “We need to change our metaphors. If we are to imagine a world with peace, we must speak a language that includes forgiveness, as much as it does tolerance and understanding.”

The Peace Spiral was created by setting up a photo studio at the event location and photographing every participant with arms extended, palms open. Then the artwork was created by placing every person into the art, palm touching palm in a cosmic spiral configuration to portray in a visual art form the mission of the event.

A 10 foot by 10 foot tapestry print was created of this work.

a special Forum on Forgiveness has been slated at the All Saints Church in Pasadena. Speakers, discussions, films will all be part of the agenda, as we look at “Local Reconciliation~ Global Peace.”

“It seems that the only language people speak these days is that of war,” said Fr. Vazken in his weekly message. “We need to change our metaphors. If we are to imagine a world with peace, we must speak a language that includes forgiveness, as much as it does tolerance and understanding.”  Get the Details

Paul Freedman’s new documentary on Darfur will be screened at the Forum. The film, narrated by George Clooney is powerful in content and message. A question and answer session with the producer will follow.

In His Shoes Ministries, in collaboration and cooperation with All Saints Church is hosting this event for our times: ”Local Reconciliation; Global Peace: A Forum on Forgiveness”

Join us for a two day forum on forgiveness: Discussions • Lectures • Break Out Groups Explore hope for Peace in our World.


  •  Benjamin Kayumba – survivor ofthe Rwandan Genocide (1994) confronts the rapist & murderer of his parents.
  •  Leticia Aguirre – mother of Raul Aguirre, who was slain in street gang warfare, forgives her son’s murderer during the courtroom trial. A story like no other…
  •  Fr. Vazken Movsesian – lays out a plan for forgiveness that transcends the personal and affects the global realm, with examples from a pure orthodox vantage point.
  •  Gregory Beylerian – artist and creator of the acclaimed 7×77 art piece (2005), will be developing his latest creation with conference participants.
  •  Linda Maxwell – Co-Executive Director of We Care For Youth, brings together the community for a Mandala for Peace.

Creating The Peace Spiral

peace spiral for forum on forgiveness

There were 100’s of attendees participating at the forum on Forgiveness July 7th, 2007 (7×77). Each person stood in front of the green screen one at a time with their right palm up and the left palm facing downwards and was photographed using a high resolution camera. A photograph of the cosmos thats was taken by Nasa’s Hubble telescope was used for the back drop of the Peace Spiral’s construction. The full spectral 7 color range (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) which also coincides with the 7 color frequencies of the human chakra system was created with high pigment watercolors as an intermediary dimension. Then each person was painstakingly cut and pasted palm to palm into a spiral matrix emanating from the Heart center as initiated by Father Vazken Movsesian, the visionary and organizer of this event.

Mobile studio set up at event.

Demonstration of the 7×77 peace stance.

Photos of The Event