Finding Peacemakers

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“I am hungry for Peace. I want to slather it on thick as a sun drenched smile
rising from my heart to yours.” ~ Mindy Journey, one of the users at Kindspring 

Dear friends,
We are all hungry for peace, are we not? But if we look around we can see people in Peacemakers3(1)our community and in communities across the world who are taking up the challenges to make this world a little better and brighter. For 32 years, you have been sending these stories to us and the Missoula Peace Quilters and the JRPC have been choosing one of them to hold up as inspiration to the rest of us on this journey. We take nominations all year, but the deadline is fast approaching to choose our inspiration for 2019. Please fill out a nomination form and let us know the stories and the people that inspire you. We want to find ways of sharing all these bits of hope that help fill our hunger for peace. Thanks for getting you nominations to us due by Monday, October 22 at 5 pm…Betsy

International Day of Peace

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“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race.” ~Secretary-General António Guterres

Dear friends,
Friday September 21 is the UN International Day of Peace with the theme this year of IDOPThe Right to Peace, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.This document is a milestone in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of aspiration and achievement for all peoples and all nations. It builds the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. I will be celebrating this day by joining hands across the border with our neighbors in Canada and the First Nation celebrating the goodwill between our nations. Continue reading

Connection and Community

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“The need for connection and community is primal,
as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” ~Dean Ornish

Dear friends,
Connection and community — two primal needs. We all have multiple connections — communitywith the land, the place, each other and together we celebrate being part of many communities. This week in MIssoula, we have the opportunity to explore these concepts in depth with three sets of events and activities focused around different aspects of community and connection. We just kicked off Suicide Prevention Week, a tragic reminder of how the lack of connection and belonging destroy us. This is also Walk and Roll Week, celebrating 27 years of learning to get around with people- Continue reading

Be the Change

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

Dear friends,
9-11-01 changed our world. It is easy to feel insignificant and even hopeless in the face IMG_2711 smallerof the world we have become — full of fear, hatred and division. But, September 11 is another anniversary as well – one that offers us great hope and significance. On 9-11-06 Mohandas Gandhi took his first action of non-violent resistance against a world that he saw as terribly unjust. Here was a man who, despite being trained as a lawyer, was too shy to actually practice law. And yet, he knew that the problems of his day were only being compounded by an “eye for an eye” mentality. And he knew that he must Continue reading