Connection and Community

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“The need for connection and community is primal,
as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” ~Dean Ornish

Dear friends,
Connection and community — two primal needs. We all have multiple connections — communitywith the land, the place, each other and together we celebrate being part of many communities. This week in MIssoula, we have the opportunity to explore these concepts in depth with three sets of events and activities focused around different aspects of community and connection. We just kicked off Suicide Prevention Week, a tragic reminder of how the lack of connection and belonging destroy us. This is also Walk and Roll Week, celebrating 27 years of learning to get around with people- Continue reading

Be the Change

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

Dear friends,
9-11-01 changed our world. It is easy to feel insignificant and even hopeless in the face IMG_2711 smallerof the world we have become — full of fear, hatred and division. But, September 11 is another anniversary as well – one that offers us great hope and significance. On 9-11-06 Mohandas Gandhi took his first action of non-violent resistance against a world that he saw as terribly unjust. Here was a man who, despite being trained as a lawyer, was too shy to actually practice law. And yet, he knew that the problems of his day were only being compounded by an “eye for an eye” mentality. And he knew that he must Continue reading

Peace Parties On…and we’re all invited

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”There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability;there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” ~M. Scott Peck

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In just 6 short weeks we will celebrate together our 32 years as a community dedicated to learning about and working for nonviolence, social justice and environmental stewardship. Looking back, we can be so proud of what was accomplished by a few dedicated folks – the events, the actions, the bold statements, and the network of committed neighbors working together with passion. But we can’t just look back. We must look forward as well. Our theme this year is “Peace Parties On…and we’re all invited”. Continue reading

Welcome Students!

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~Nelson Mandela

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All around us Missoula is filling up with UM students coming back to school and the excitement of a new school year for many other young people. And this year, we are thrilled to know that some of our youngsters will be attending the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School! Education is one of the most important pursuits we humans can engage in. Continue reading

Sewing Peace

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“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change — it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ~Ossie Davis

Dear friends,
For the last several weeks, three to five women have set up shop in the community SewingPeaceroom at JRPC to sew quilts. These are not just ordinary quilts — they are “comfort quilts”, soon to be on their way to children at our Southern border who have endured the heartbreaking separation from their parents that has captivated our news headlines. Continue reading