This is the power of gathering

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us – delightfully – to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word more alive!” ~Alice Waters

Dear friends,
Alice Waters reminds us there is great power in the times we come together. Fall is a time of harvest, of letting go and of preparation for winter. So it has been a great tradition of the JRPC to gather together as a peace community each fall — to celebrate the harvest we have come to enjoy together, to let go of our work for a while to enjoy each other while we raise the money and the energy to go forward. This year, we will gather on Sunday, October 13 to celebrate “we the people”, the gatherings through history that have moved us forward – toward democracy, equality and justice. We still have work to do — to make women equal to men, to restore dignity and respect to our indigenous peoples around the world and to live up to the words “liberty and justice for all”. As we look to the work ahead, it is vital to keep the voice and the vision of peace alive and present. And we thank you for being a part of that work.

We are delighted to have the support of several amazing sponsors: The Good Food Store, Homestead Organics, Imagine Nation Brewing, First Security Bank and Anderson Zurmuehlen. And this year, we the people will enjoy SO much entertainment from such a variety of voices – the old world Klezmer music of Chutzpah guaranteed to make you want to dance, the stories put to music that only Missoula legend, Tom Catmull can do and finally a little jazz from the Classy Kiwi Jazz Trio of Hellgate High students. Plus kids are free this year and we have fun activities for kids of all ages — face painting and marshmallow building! If you’ve been to the peace party before, you know it is one of the most enjoyable events in Missoula. If you haven’t been, this might be the year, you should change that. In the next couple weeks, I will share some of the amazing items that the generous Missoula community has given us for our raffle and auctions. But meanwhile, you have 17 days to get your tickets!

See you there…the Peace Party 2019 Planning Committee