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

The Children

“There is no such thing as other people’s children.”
~Glennon Doyle, author, activist and founder of Momastery

Dear friends,

Children torn from their parents at our border as punishment for desperate parents; ChildrenChildren held in cages; Children in Yemen orphaned by war and dying of starvation; Children in Guatemala lost in the aftermath of a volcano; Millions of children in Syria, Palestine and many other places displaced by war, famine and unrest endangered by the very need to find safe passage; Continue reading

What Does Pride Mean To You?

“What does Pride mean to you?”

Dear Friends,

June marks Pride month, a time for LGBTQ+ people to celebrate themselves, their resilience, and the community that surrounds them. For me, pride means honoring the prideflag.pngLGBTQ+ activists that have come before me as well as celebrating the beauty of living as my authentic self. I was 12 years old when I first came out to myself and 18 when I came out to the world around me. During those years, I felt as if I was the only person to have ever walked that path before. It felt lonely, isolating, and terrifying at times. But I am far from the only person to have experienced this journey. Continue reading

Seeing the Elephant

“We don’t see things as they are — we see things as we are.” ~Anais Nin

May 31,2018
Dear friends,

Three years ago, I encouraged you to come to our first Un-conference and I told you that it was a dream realized for us to bring this opportunity to our community. We started open space meetingin 2015 with an exploration about how we build community out of chaos. And then in our second year we looked at how we find our strengths and build each other up. Last year we started the conversation about how our community is divided into “us” and “them”. Today, I invite you to continue this dialog with us on June 9 at the UCC church as we look at the ways we all see the same world through different perspectives. Just as several blind men felt a different part of an elephant and made assumptions about it from their one piece, we also color the world from the parts of it we see and believe to be true. And there are “elephants in the room” that we refuse to see and acknowledge. Let us ask how we can discover our individual blindfolds and choose to see beyond them to move further into community with those around us.

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