The Cathedral of St. John the Divine suffered a devastating fire in 2001, and all the artwork was put into storage while the interior was cleaned and restored. As part of the reopening of the Cathedral, the first Nakashima Altar for peace was re-installed and re-dedicated on June 7, 2009. This ecumenical celebration of peace and beauty opened with playing of the great organ while people gathered around the Altar. The Reverend Canon Thomas Miller welcomed all while Native American Tiokasin Ghosthorse played his spirit flute. Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr. James Kowalski spoke about the Altar as "A Prayer for Peace: a Dream for Humanity."