Moving Beyond Judgement

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“There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than   partpeacesignlove.” 
~Father Greg Boyle
March 29, 2018
Dear friends,
Recently, a video went viral on facebook about a Missoula restaurant employee cursing, spitting and throwing food at a customer. Now similar videos happen on facebook all the time — seems we as a society are drawn to the extreme, the outlandish, the next-best-thing-to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. But this time, someone spoke up with words of wisdom. A seminary student wrote “I know the employee, and I know her as a deeply caring and generous person who has dedicated her life to helping others.” He went on to ponder the meaning of good and evil and to caution that both are contained in each of us. He made me realize that all too often, I focus on judgments rather than seeing the many sides of the person not being highlighted. I fall for the story I see without having the courage to see further and point the way as he did. Every story has many sides. And to judge the whole by what you see on the surface is to miss the treasure that is hidden in each of us. I am grateful to this seminarian for helping me see a place of growth for myself. It isn’t helpful to judge others or myself based on one mistake or oversight. Rather, let me commit to look past judgment to other pieces of the story, to the places where I can support  growth — my own as well as others…Betsy

Wanted: Peace on Earth

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March 22, 2018

Dear friends,Mar22photo

Our world is so full of stories of tragedy and turmoil — tales of people living in war torn areas, families grieving the loss of a loved one to violence, victims of crime, corruption and climate disasters and more. I know that those are not the only stories in the world. There ARE people all over the world doing good and healing the planet and the people on it. Continue reading