Actions Inspire!

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“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez

Dear friends,
How often do we see a story or read about an issue and feel powerless in the face of it. And yet, there are examples all around us of folks who found their voices and theirPeaceInSnow muscles in the face of what seemed insurmountable. We recently became aware of a couple of local efforts that deserve to be recognized. Rosa delDuca grew up in Missoula before joining the Army National Guard a year before 9/11. As the war in Iraq unfolded, she grew increasingly disturbed about her role in the military and ended up fighting for a discharge as a conscientious objector. Continue reading

Become an Ethical Consumer

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Dear Friends,
The holidays are fast approaching and each year, we are challenged to shop in waysjrpcwindow that reflect our values and support our world in positive ways. JRPC’s Olive Branch offers you a way to do just that — to support our work as well as the many farms, cooperatives and people around the world who rely on the fair trade market here to buy their goods so they can make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Continue reading

With Gratitude

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” -Maya Angelou

Dear friends,
Thank you for being part of our story at JRPC. Thanks to the many donors who thankyousupported our peace party and to all the folks who came and celebrated with us. Just in case you didn’t make it and want to be part of our great tradition of dining together, check out the dinners that are left over from the live auction. Call us at 543-3955 to reserve your spot. Or we appreciate donations to help cover the cost of a new website — We still have $3000 to raise!…With our deepest gratitude, Betsy

Traditional Saudi Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2018 cooked by Hanan Alomar at the home of Charlotte Kasl…3 plates left @ $70 ea

Delicious Portugese Dinner and Musical Soiree with Charlotte Kasl on Sunday, January 12, 2019…2 plates left @ $80 ea

Authentic Indian Dinner by Srini Mondava (the last dinner at the Dague’s Elison Ln home!) on Saturday, February 23, 2019…2 plates left @ $150 ea

le Tour de France with Suzzette Dussault on Saturday, June 29, 2019…3 plates left @ $70 ea

An International Food Journey for Local Connoisseurs by Udo and Nancy fluck on Saturday, August 3, 2019…3 plates left @ $180 ea

Inspiring Lives

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Dear friends,community
Last week I attended the memorial service of one of our long-time members Janet McGahan. I also published a link to Greg Burham’s obituary which notes him as an “outspoken pacifist”. Both Janet and Greg knew suffering and found their way out. They also both led the way for many others. Janet gave the world many beautiful pieces of art, some of which hangs at JRPC and a couple of pieces will be in our silent auction.

At the memorial, I heard many stories of the love she shared with so many and felt lucky to have known her. I did not know Greg except for a few articles in our JRPC scrapbooks. I read about his 1974 walk from Alaska to Mexico to restore his faith in humanity after returning from Vietnam and his healing connections in 1989 with Veterans from the Soviet Union. One of our Peacemakers, Butch Turk, sent me several stories about Greg because he said,

“this 6’6″ former SEAL was one of the most sensitive, gentle souls I’ve known, was an unflagging advocate for vets, and was a consistent ally of peace people. I know that he inspired me.”

One of those stories was the words of another Peacemaker, Dan Gallagher.

“Burham is, to those who have worked with him, something of a “gentle giant.” From him I learned the healing power of a hug…Through him, I and many others received validation for our various efforts during times of self-doubt. As with so many he cared for, Burham’s wartime experience caused him to bear wounds that show no scars. While calmly counseling those affected by war, he argued passionately against the policies that sent America’s sons and daughters to war to kill other people’s sons and daughters. Even those taking issue with his opinions respected the innate sense of decency that shone out from the man.”

Our community has two great holes in it from these losses. Let us work to fill them by continuing the example of love and healing that Janet and Greg showed us. We would love to hear more stories of the people that inspire you and need to be honored as a Peacemaker. And please join us this Sunday to celebrate the community we live and work in…Betsy

Preaching Peace!

“Preach the gospel…and if necessary, use words.” ~Saint Francis of Assisi

Dear friends,
You are on our newsletter list because you are called to preach the gospel of peace, Peace Party 2018-banner2some in big ways and others in small ways – all equally valuable and necessary. Each day we work to build peace – not with bricks or even words, but with actions and everyday choices to share, to grow,to believe others, to forgive, and to be Continue reading