How About Building Community?

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Arming the Left (Independent May 18-25) starts with so many hypotheticals of armed inhuman Nazis shooting into crowds of pacifist demonstrators. After spinning this dystopian tale Michael Siebert writes “Let’s say you’re black or Jewish or” fill in the blanks. “You’re unarmed and your belief that something like this could never happen here has just been shattered.”

I am Jewish. I am well aware that it can happen here. It already has. Many times. Continue reading

Decoration Day

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This weekend we will spend extra time with our families as we enjoy a Memorial Day holiday from work.  Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day” because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was started by two Mississippi mothers who laid wreaths on the graves of soldiers both Confederate and Union, because, “after all, they are somebody’s sons.” Continue reading

UnConference: Beyond Us and Them

The 2017 Un-Conference on June 10. Read All About it! Beyond-Us-and-Them-Poster-724x1024
The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center presents “Beyond Us And Them: What is Possible?” a day-long “un-conference”. A key foundation of our work for peace is encouraging the dialogue and connections that build understanding among the huge variety of people on this planet. Our world is changing rapidly. It demands that we learn to cut through the mounting divisions—both within and outside the choir—that keep us separated to meet the unquestionable challenges of the emerging future together. When divisions dominate—whether politics, economics, cultures, issues, or opinions—we remain stuck in a worldview that is destined to fail.

We ask you to join us as we search for the courage, compassion, and respect to learn these skills, build these new connections, and imagine the world that is possible.  Continue reading for more information and to register. Continue reading

Faith and Kindness over Fear

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Many of the emails and articles I peruse remind me of the story of Chicken Little, who ran around shouting that the sky was falling. Before you think my head is buried in the sand, I do realize we are in the middle of an important legislative session, a critical election and that we are surrounded by many pressing issues that will affect all of us. Continue reading

Good

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In light of events in 2017 so far, both public and political as well as private, minds have stirred. Many of my close friends and loved ones are asking if they are Good. Are they a good person? How would they know? I do my best to help them unwrap the question as I have so many times for myself. Being Good is like Courage and Excellence; it’s a virtue and a habit. Aristotle talks about virtues as the center point between two extremes. Courage is the virtue between Cowardice and Rashness. Continue reading