Sunday vigils

For the last twelve years”and counting”OREPA members have gathered on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm at the gates of the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN to witness to peace at the entrance to a plant that plans for the destruction of the planet. We may be playing games, sharing readings, singing”each week is different as members volunteer to lead vigils. We’ve thrown Tai Chi, walked a labyrinth, decorated a Christmas Tree, dramatized Dr. Seuss’s Butter Battle Book complete with props. On the third Sunday of each month, we adjourn the vigil and head to Jack and Lee Hoefer’s house for a potluck dinner.

The Sunday vigils are non-confrontational, and they are likely to feed the soul and the mind”so join us each Sunday, rain or shine, at 5:00pm at the East Bear Creek Entrance to the Y12 plant.

The photo is from the August 7, 2011 Sunday vigil.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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