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“The first step in getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.” ~Unknown

Dear friends,
Many of you know that my husband and I are getting ready to make a move to a smallerPeace house that will better fit our lifestyle. So our lives are full to the brim with making decisions about what to get rid of and what to keep — what gives us meaning and what provides clutter. I was pondering what to write about today and Rusty (who is often quite wise) said, “getting rid of things”! It actually fits quite well with the times we are in. I sat in a crowd at Har Shalom last Saturday and listened to Laurie Franklin call us to exercise our “unity muscles” and speaker after speaker call us to love. In order to do that we must find the courage to look deep inside and get rid of the things in our own souls that stand as obstacles to love and unity.

A hundred years ago, our grandparents celebrated what they wanted — a world without war, believing they had ended the “war to end all wars”. But they failed to do the work of getting rid of the oppressive ideas and attitudes that would not only keep war with us but grow it into the largest industry we support. We can do better — on small scales in our individual lives and in bigger ways in our voting booths and communities. Your work matters and your vote matters. Thanks for joining me in the work for unity and love…Betsy

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

Give Peace a Chance

“All we are saying, is Give Peace a Chance” ~John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Dear friends,
I recently returned from a peacebuilding summit hosted by Rotary International. One ofGlobalPeaceIndex the sessions was a workshop exploring the 8 pillars of positive peace developed by the Institute of Economics and Peace, a leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and quantify its economic value.

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Peace and Conflict Social Study Group

Dear Friends,

You’re Invited! Peace and Conflict Social Study Group – Tuesdays at noon at JRPC. peacecrane

Peace and Conflict are two concepts that we are all familiar with. But often the idea of identifying a universal concept of peace is quite difficult. That is why I would like to invite you, the peace community, to explore these concepts together.

Every Tuesday at noon there will be a study group at JRPC where we explore different terminology, methods, and brainstorm to educate ourselves on the topics and issues revolving around Peace and Conflict. Continue reading

No human being is illegal. No child expendable

Dear Friends,

Last night, over 400 Montanans gathered outside the Missoula County Detention Center to raiseJune212018 our voices and make it clear that “No human being is illegal. No child expendable.” Last night’s rally and vigil came together in response to the “zero tolerance policy” criminalization of undocumented people that has resulted in an extreme upsurge of ICE arrests and deportations, family separations, and racial profiling in Montana and across the United States. In the past couple months, 16 people have been arrested in Montana for being in the country without proper documentation. Currently, six of those people are being held at the Missoula County Detention Center – right here in our own town – while at the border thousands of children are being separated from their parents and held in cages inside of an old Continue reading