We will not change the world by our beliefs, but by our actions. This month, we have an incredible opportunity to be part of an important project. 9 Pieces of Peace is a documentary film and community engagement project that will inspire dialogue about what it means to find common ground. The film tells the story of our beloved peace sign that stood on the North Hills over Missoula from 1983 to 2001. But beyond that, it is about courage and compassion. Two stories weave together – the controversial public conversation about the subjective meanings of the peace symbol within the Missoula community, and the story of Dan Gallagher, a Vietnam veteran, and his journey from feeling despised by peace activists to receiving the Peacemaker of the Year award and developing a friendship with me and others in the peace community.
There are lessons here for all of us to learn – from going deeper into the story we all know, and seeing it in new ways, to exploring the universal challenges experienced by individuals and communities in their unique struggles to find common ground.
The film is in the final stages of production and Jan Selby and her crew need to raise at least $20,000 to cover all of the costs involved in editing and creating the final files for submission to film festivals – including our own Big Sky Festival! Please join me in making a pledge to the 9 Pieces of Peace Kickstarter campaign so that communities across the country will have the opportunity to learn from Missoula.
Plus there are great rewards for helping out! If you haven’t’ seen the film trailer yet, please go to 9piecesfilm.com. I can guarantee you will be inspired. Today you have the opportunity to put your beliefs into an action that will promote a greater understanding of peace. I thank you for rising to the challenge…Betsy