Day of Reflection, Gratitude, and Compassion

Friends,
Today we at Jeannette Rankin Peace Center acknowledge that we are here in Missoula on lands stolen from Indigenous people by white European invaders. We honor the people of the Salish, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreille, Blackfeet and Shoshone tribes as we exist on lands that were theirs. I invite all of you to join in a moment of silence today honoring the Native American communities where you live. Thanksgiving has a complicated history for some and for others this year might be particularly bittersweet. That being said, today can still have a place for reflection, gratitude, and compassion as we break bread over zoom. The team at JRPC is eternally grateful for this incredible community and I want to extend a very large virtual hug to you all. For anyone feeling isolated or who is just generally struggling today, know you are appreciated and loved. – Carol

Physically distanced but socially engaged

Dear friends,
Settling in after a long election cycle and our first ever online auction (thanks for making it a success!!), I realize that nothing is settled! Our country is still divided and many of us will forego the gatherings this holiday season that sustain us as social beings. Perhaps this time of physical distance can help us re-imagine ways we can socially engage, because that sense of connection and belonging is a foundation of peace. You know there are people who would love a phone call or a note from you, people who have a story to tell and just need someone to listen. Make a point to engage with them. Continue reading

Gratitude

Nov 12, 2020

Dear friends,
Tomorrow the Montana Nonprofit Association will celebrate Philanthropy Day by honoring outstanding organizations and individuals. Today and ever after, I am honoring the people listed here. In August I sent out a special appeal for donations to help us weather the storm of Covid-19. You folks listed here (as well as a couple who wanted to remain anonymous) stepped up to say “yes”! And because of all of you, we raised over $20,000 from that letter! Each week as the checks kept coming, I was awed by your generosity. And all the notes you wrote touched my heart. My thanks to each of you and all of you for your part in making sure a Missoula icon of peace remains strong into the future.

This coming Sunday we will close our very first online auction and again an amazing group of folks stepped up to donate meals, desserts, quilts, classes and so much more. Special thanks to the Good Food Store and First Security Bank for leading the way. And a growing list of participants is bidding away on items getting us about halfway to our goal. It’s fun to watch! But it is even more heartwarming to feel the support from our community. You all make me so proud to be a part of this organization and to be about the work of peace! Quoting William Shakespeare, “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks”…Betsy Continue reading

Give Yourselves

To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance,
To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. ~ Carrie Chapman Catt

Dear friends,

If 2020 has taught us anything it is that the ability and willingness to adapt is key. That’s what this week is about. It is great that record numbers of people showed up to vote. But what is more important is that the same record numbers show up every day to do the work of co-creating this democracy with liberty and justice for all. The fractures in our country that need healing have never been more apparent. It is not the work of anyone we elected – rather it is we who need to roll up our sleeves and keep working. Take a break now and renew because the future needs you! It has never been more important to offer ourselves and each other – peace! You can start by joining me in signing this pledge to rise above the division and hatred and live our better angels 

 

And then, check out our Peace Offerings online – our adapted peace party auction! So many generous folks have offered their time and talent to support this important work. Several businesses have offered gift certificates and items despite seeing income losses this year. And our community has stepped up with handmade quilts, meals, pies, cookies, garden help and even a cooking class with a well-known local chef. All of this is a testament to how important we are to each other, and how important the Peace Center is to our community. Now it is up to you. Go to our Peace Offerings site, sign up with an account and start bidding. The auction will be live from 5 pm Nov 6 until 5 pm on Sunday, November 15.

With your support, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work with you,

Betsy

 

Peace Offerings Auction Nov 6 to Nov 15

Check out our Peace Offerings online – our adapted peace party auction! So many generous folks have offered their time and talent to support this important work. Several businesses have offered gift certificates and items despite seeing income losses this year. And our community has stepped up with handmade quilts, meals, pies, cookies, garden help and even a cooking class with a well-known local chef. All of this is a testament to how important we are to each other, and how important the Peace Center is to our community. Now it is up to you. Go to our Peace Offerings site, sign up with an account and start bidding. The auction will be live from 5 pm tomorrow until 5 pm on Sunday, November 15.