Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

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July 26
Dear friends,
Pinback buttons were patented on July 21, 1896, for political campaigns and in the 122 buttonsyears since then people have found many ways to express their life events, their politics and their preferences through buttons. We wear buttons to inspire, to persuade or connect with others, to be funny or to wear our ideals for all to see. I have so many buttons on a cork board at home and still I see a new one and want to add it to my collection! I was excited to find this Continue reading

Take the Helm

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“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” ~Henrik Ibsen

Dear friends,
Each fall, we gather together in community at our Peace Party. It is our one big event to PeacePartyraise money for our peace programs. But even more memorable is our connections with each other as we celebrate our work and renew ourselves for the journey ahead. Each year, we try to incorporate changes you recommend and try new things mixed in with our traditions so it remains one of the most enjoyable parties in Missoula. Have you ever wanted to see a certain element at the party? Continue reading

Peace and Conflict Social Study Group

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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

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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