2020 Peacemaker

Dear Peace Community,

In the midst of all of the uncertainty and upheaval in our world, I get to bring you a little spot of hope and inspiration.

I get to introduce our 34th Peacemaker, KD Dickinson!!

She is the founder of Portico Real Estate and her business and personal mission has always centered on people over profits — “to honor diversity, build community and create a lifestyle that promotes the health and well-being of our planet and work to bring integrity and trust into the real estate profession while creating tremendously satisfying and fulfilling lifelong relationships with the people in our community.” That sense of people over profit makes her a perfect Peacemaker for 2020 when we so need to remember our humanity and our connections to each other. And outside of work, she has walked the walk of peace and justice for a very long time.

Imagine the courage needed to be the first out, gay, female firefighter back in the 70’s or the only realtor among the vocal advocates of an open space bond that preserved Mt Jumbo in 1995. She has helped countless people — showing up when they need her the most, even if it meant a sacrifice for her. She has helped build community by giving generously of her time, talent and treasure to many of our local organizations, JRPC included. In her words, “I love this community and I love being able to support it”. KD shows us a peace that is steadily grounded in service, relationship and authenticity as well as large doses of music and play. Several people have described her as “the real deal”.

This year, we are unable to celebrate in the same way we usually do with a large gathering, music, food and lots of speeches! We will plan all that when we are able and present her with the unique quilt the Missoula Peace Quilters are working on. In the meantime, KD’s history of service to so many nonprofits in our community has given us the idea for the perfect way to celebrate and honor her today. 

We are inviting the Missoula community to make a donation in honor of our 2020 Peacemaker to JRPC or ANY participating organization during the Missoula Gives event which begins at 5 pm today, and goes until 7 pm tomorrow, May 1

Not only will we be able to see the impact KD has had around Missoula with donations to several of our organizations, but we can also truly celebrate our connections to each other through this remarkable lady. Thank you KD for your daily commitment to peace, justice and a livable planet, and for doing it with understanding and love…Betsy

Peacemakers

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. ~Thomas Merton

Dear friends,
Look around you at the heroes in your life. 33 years of Missoula Peacemakers have inspired us with their courage and commitment and strengthened our peace community. Each fall, we ask you to look around you and nominate someone (or some group) to be considered for this prestigious award given each spring by the JRPC and the Missoula Peace Quilters. Who inspires you? Who has a story that needs to be told, and a message that will call others to act? We are looking for that special person or group who consistently makes a professional and/or personal commitment to “walk the walk” of nonviolence, social justice and sustainability and serves as a role model for this community. We particularly want to find and honor the “unsung” among us. A selection committee made up of Missoula Peace Quilters and JRPC Coordinating Council members will have the difficult task of choosing from among the nominations received – a selection that is never easy. This year, the deadline for nominations is October 15, so don’t delay. Make a contribution to peacemaking by honoring someone who inspires you. The nomination form is available on our website or contact us for a paper copy. We’ll be waiting to be inspired yet again…Betsy

Decency

Decency

Dear friends,
Kendrick Castillo represents the latest addition to our shared grief and our disappointment with a government that cannot see past it’s differences to keep our citizens — our children — safe. It is up to us to raise the bar and demand accountability and action. Part of that action must be “being the change”. We can work for change and treat each other with decency and civility. In fact, if you think about it, treating others with respect may be the only way to get their attention and make them feel like listening and learning alongside us.

We are thrilled to join at least 15 other localities around the country calling for National Decency Day on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Join us at noon at Imagine Nation Brewing Company for “a decent lunch”. Bring your lunch or purchase it from vendors on site. Mayor Engen will read a proclamation we have prepared and we’ll have buttons or stickers for everyone who shows up. But the important thing is that you show up and stand up next to other members of our community and pledge to treat each other with civility and decency in our everyday conversations, thoughts and actions. It won’t heal our grief but a commitment to treat each other with decency is at the heart of understanding and moving forward together. Please join us, no matter what your perspective or beliefs. We are a community together. I look forward to standing alongside you…Betsy

 

Saturday, May 18.  Honor our 2019 Peacemaker and the Fr. Jim Hogan Search for Peace award nominees.

10:30am-12pm -Living Rhythm Community Drum Circle
with Matthew Nord & Dave Robertson – Tangled Tones
12-2pm: Imagine Ireland Irish Circle
1:30-2:30 – Strategic Peacebuilding Workshop w/ Denis Matveev senior advisor from CMI
3-3:45 – Congolese Choir and Youth Award
3:45-5pm – Montana Women’s Chorus Missoula and Peace Award to the Peacemaker of the Year
5:30-8pm – Live Music w/ Good Old Fashioned

 

Finding Peacemakers

“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

Cheers to our Peacemakers

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story.
Change the story, change the world.” ~Terry Pratchett

May 10, 2018
Dear friends,

Today, I would like to introduce you to several young people who are changing the world. They are living stories of courage, compassion and justice that will inspire us allmarchforourlives with hope. These are the nominees for our new Fr. Jim Hogan Search For Peace Award.

Allison Moran, a 5-year-old kindergartner at Cold Springs Elementary who epitomizes kindness and caring by volunteering in the community, looking at the positive in every situation, going out of her way to help others and pay it forward and spreading love everywhere she goes.
Marita Growing Thunder who stepped up in a very visible way to respect her heritage, raise awareness and express solidarity for a very under represented voice in her community — the plight of the many missing and murdered indigenous women in our community.
The SOAP Girls (that stands for Save Our Amazing Planet) a group of 4 girls who have been working on social justice issues for 8 years — since they were ages 9-10. They focus on positive ways to make a difference, from the useful tips on their website for conserving natural resources, to the many causes their fundraising has supported both locally and globally, including a summer camp for kids ages 4-8 and a two day overnight camp for older kids (ages 7-11).
The Group that Organized the Hellgate HS Walkout on 2/21/18 — They mobilized a lot of kids quickly and effectively into a nonviolent civil disobedience action to move things forward around the topic of public safety and guns.
The long list of students from across town and across schools — from 3rd grade through High school, ages 6-18 who organized Walk Outs at all schools on March 14, then went on to organize, lead and speak out at the community rally March For Our Lives on March 24 with 1,000 people in attendance.
These are the faces and voices of the future stewards of our world — the authors of the stories that will change our world. A group of their peers has selected one of these individuals or groups to receive a cash award for their contribution to the search for peace. But we want to honor and appreciate all of them for giving us hope for the future.

On Sunday, May 20 at UCC Church from 2 to 3:30 pm, at our annual Peacemaker Celebration we will honor and thank all these young people and announce the winner of the Fr. Jim Hogan award just prior to celebrating our 2018 Peacemaker, Steve McArthur.

If you are at all discouraged by the world around you, these inspiring young people along with our very own Peacemaker Steve will renew your hope for the world and make you proud to be part of this community. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss and there will be a reception to follow so you can meet and mingle with all the movers and shakers of peace in Missoula!

Betsy