One Voice


“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~Malala Yousafzai

Dear friends,
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, who we will honor this next Monday talked often about MLKbuilding beloved community, where everyone matters and truly cares about and works for the welfare of all. Thanks to the courage of many indigenous women, we are learning about an epidemic that must be addressed in our communities so we can move the needle a little closer to “beloved”. Native American women and girls around the country are disappearing and being murdered at an alarming rate — 5,712 reports in 2016, which begs the question — “how many remain un-reported?” Even more Continue reading

We Rise By Lifting Others


“We rise by lifting others.”– Robert Ingersoll

Dear friends,
Many of you may know that I once planned to go to Africa with the Peace Corps so thatBatwa I could make a difference in the world. Now I didn’t end up going (which is another story) and that is OK, because I learned that I could make a difference in my own community without going halfway around the world. However, Africa and her people continue to have a place in my heart. I was filled with hope to read of the work of one group — Initiative For Equality, a network of activists around the world working to empower people in some of the poorest regions to work together for greater social, Continue reading

Peace does not arrive as a gift


“Peace does not arrive as a gift, and it’s not up to anyone but yourself to make it happen.”  ~Thomas Moore

Dear friends,
A new year is the perfect time to take stock of where we are and where we are going, flowershence our propensity to make resolutions. We want to be somewhere we are not. All the businesses that promise to make us thinner, stronger, happier, more organized bombard us with advertising in the hopes of hitting our needy spots. Seldom are we sent the message that who and where we are is enough. But I have learned from experience that until I accept where I am, I cannot find the courage and will to make necessary change. My discomfort with where I am — once it is great enough — becomes the Continue reading

Thank you


To you — the members, supporters and volunteers of the Peace Center,

As we end 2018 and celebrate our winter holidays, it is a perfect time for me to say mailthank you for the contributions of time, money and ideas you make each year to keep us going strong.  There is much work for peacemakers – in our world, in our community, and I suspect, even at our own tables, so I am grateful that you have chosen to be part of our “peace community”.

To put our thank you in other terms — come and shop our best sale of the year! 50% off our entire store for members and 35% entire store for non-members. And, it’s never too late to become a member to unlock more savings and also to be a beacon of peace in the New Year by being more involved in JRPC events and programs!

Also, our entire clearance section is 75% off for everyone!

With our love and thanks,
Betsy and Jenny

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” ~Mother Teresa


“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” ~Mother Teresa

Dear friends,
Tomorrow is the longest night of the year. Many of us will celebrate the growing light candle-for enewsthat follows the solstice. But the longest night is also a fitting time to remember those for whom the cold and dark are inescapable realities. I am referring to those in our community who do not have a warm, safe place to live. The following homeless individuals died this last year, exposed to the elements. Their stories will not be written in the paper and few of us will note their absence. Part of peacemaking is bearing witness to the stories that need to be told. We may never know the hopes and struggles behind these names but each one was someone I perhaps walked past on the street, someone who faced challenges I will never know. Please join me tomorrow evening at 5:30 in front of the Courthouse to speak their names and bear witnesss to their struggles. May they each rest finally in peace…Betsy

Jerry Wright
Dennis Yuhazs
Michael Schumacher
Thomas “Wade” Schell
Susan Egeland
Madison Allen
Jim Laufenberger
Wayne Munnell
Ron Clark
Andy Wilder