Peace Parties On…and we’re all invited

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”There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability;there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” ~M. Scott Peck

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In just 6 short weeks we will celebrate together our 32 years as a community dedicated to learning about and working for nonviolence, social justice and environmental stewardship. Looking back, we can be so proud of what was accomplished by a few dedicated folks – the events, the actions, the bold statements, and the network of committed neighbors working together with passion. But we can’t just look back. We must look forward as well. Our theme this year is “Peace Parties On…and we’re all invited”. Continue reading

Welcome Students!

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~Nelson Mandela

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All around us Missoula is filling up with UM students coming back to school and the excitement of a new school year for many other young people. And this year, we are thrilled to know that some of our youngsters will be attending the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School! Education is one of the most important pursuits we humans can engage in. Continue reading

Sewing Peace

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“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change — it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ~Ossie Davis

Dear friends,
For the last several weeks, three to five women have set up shop in the community SewingPeaceroom at JRPC to sew quilts. These are not just ordinary quilts — they are “comfort quilts”, soon to be on their way to children at our Southern border who have endured the heartbreaking separation from their parents that has captivated our news headlines. Continue reading

What Is At Stake

“Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of.
And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

Dear friends,
73 years ago on August 9, 1945, a nuclear bomb was detonated on the city of Nagasakipeace_dove-small killing or injuring thousands. Three days before, the city of Hiroshima was attacked with a US atomic bomb. About 150,000 people were killed or injured that day. Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. And 73 years later, the atomic bombings still affect the daily life of the first, second and third generation of hibakusha — those who survived the attack. Continue reading

The color of truth is gray

The color of truth is gray.” ~Andre Gide 

Dear friends,

Much has been written about the political divide in this country and our need to findIMG_2711 smaller ways of understanding and getting along with those who have ideas and perspectives that are radically different from ours. There are two events that JRPC is hosting next week that get to this point well. Both are on Wednesday evening and both will give you much to think about. Janice Springer’s book I Know We Are All Welcome At The Table, But Do I Have To Sit Next To You? is already one of the most sought after books in our store and we don’t even have it in yet!! The title grabs us and invites us inside where Janice outlines the tools we need to make peace happen — and it’s not as hard as you might think. Continue reading