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

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