Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear friends,
When I reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this is the quote that always comes to mind. To me it beautifully reflects his life as a pastor and they way that he approached action. We can never really know what is going to happen on any given day there are just too many elements operating outside of our control. We can however decide to act or take that first step in faith that the world can be better and that we can do better. Martin Luther King remains one of the worlds greatest peace heroes and it is important to celebrate his lasting legacy and reflect on the work still to be done. There Continue reading

“Do what you can,..”

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
President Theodore Roosevelt

Dear friends,
The new year has come with a lot of emotion so far and I have been encouraged by how many people we have heard from in the past week wanting to know what they can do. Doing what we can will look different for each of us and this is the moment to share your time, energy, passion, ideas, compassion, understanding, positive vibes, chants, prayers, and whatever else you can. I invite you all to to do what you can in the next few weeks to help leave this world looking a little better and more peaceful than it does today. Here are just a Continue reading

Gratitude

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

Dear friends,
I am thrilled to welcome Carol Schwartz back home to JRPC. She started 4 years ago as a work-study student and then when she graduated, she became our Administrative Assistant. Today she begins a new journey as our Program Director. Come meet her at our Open House on Saturday, December 7 for the Parade of Lights. We are open 10 am to 7 pm and we’ll be teaching everyone to fold origami cranes from 11 am to 3 pm. We hope to see you for holiday treats and special savings! To thank you for being members, we are offering 25% off fair trade purchases and 75% off our sale items — a deal you can’t beat!! If you’re not yet a member this is a great time to fix that but you can still save 10%. See you Saturday!

But before that, we will be hosting our annual Kid’s Night on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 7. Check the details below. And here’s a nice gift for the Earth. You can help Citizen Initiative I-187 get on the ballot by signing its petition. If passed, I-187 would require that electric utilities use much more renewable energy (& less fossil fuels), would protect and strengthen net metering, would put a small tax on electricity to replace the coal severance tax and fund a worker retraining program for fossil fuel workers. More info at www.mtcares.org. Look for the I-187 petition signature gatherers at First Friday events on Dec 6, Missoula Parade of Lights events on Dec 7 and at the Missoula Holiday Made Fair in UM’s Adams Center on Dec 8. Now’s your chance to give a gift to the Earth.

Let the holidays begin!!

Give cheerfully and accept gratefully

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

To you — the members, supporters and volunteers of the Peace Center,
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a perfect time for me to say thank 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”.

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Jeannette Said No – Musical Tribute to Jeannette Rankin

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Jeannette Said “No”

We are pleased to share this musical tribute to Montana’s Jeannette Rankin,
the first woman elected to Congress.

Jeannette Said “No” is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, piano, bass guitar; Sue Tice: fiddle; Bill Phelan: mandolin; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD.

 

  

Jeannette Said No – music   

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

Cheers to our Peacemakers

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“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story.
Change the story, change the world.” ~Terry Pratchett

May 10, 2018
Dear friends,

Today, I would like to introduce you to several young people who are changing the world. They are living stories of courage, compassion and justice that will inspire us allmarchforourlives with hope. These are the nominees for our new Fr. Jim Hogan Search For Peace Award.

Allison Moran, a 5-year-old kindergartner at Cold Springs Elementary who epitomizes kindness and caring by volunteering in the community, looking at the positive in every situation, going out of her way to help others and pay it forward and spreading love everywhere she goes.
Marita Growing Thunder who stepped up in a very visible way to respect her heritage, raise awareness and express solidarity for a very under represented voice in her community — the plight of the many missing and murdered indigenous women in our community.
The SOAP Girls (that stands for Save Our Amazing Planet) a group of 4 girls who have been working on social justice issues for 8 years — since they were ages 9-10. They focus on positive ways to make a difference, from the useful tips on their website for conserving natural resources, to the many causes their fundraising has supported both locally and globally, including a summer camp for kids ages 4-8 and a two day overnight camp for older kids (ages 7-11).
The Group that Organized the Hellgate HS Walkout on 2/21/18 — They mobilized a lot of kids quickly and effectively into a nonviolent civil disobedience action to move things forward around the topic of public safety and guns.
The long list of students from across town and across schools — from 3rd grade through High school, ages 6-18 who organized Walk Outs at all schools on March 14, then went on to organize, lead and speak out at the community rally March For Our Lives on March 24 with 1,000 people in attendance.
These are the faces and voices of the future stewards of our world — the authors of the stories that will change our world. A group of their peers has selected one of these individuals or groups to receive a cash award for their contribution to the search for peace. But we want to honor and appreciate all of them for giving us hope for the future.

On Sunday, May 20 at UCC Church from 2 to 3:30 pm, at our annual Peacemaker Celebration we will honor and thank all these young people and announce the winner of the Fr. Jim Hogan award just prior to celebrating our 2018 Peacemaker, Steve McArthur.

If you are at all discouraged by the world around you, these inspiring young people along with our very own Peacemaker Steve will renew your hope for the world and make you proud to be part of this community. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss and there will be a reception to follow so you can meet and mingle with all the movers and shakers of peace in Missoula!

Betsy

Usher 2020 in with a little peace and positivity

Dear friends,
Nearly 400 people stopped by Caras Park New Years Eve to help usher 2020 in with a little peace and positivity. It was an evening filled with love, laughter, stories, and some tears. Whether they had a wish for the new year or something they needed to leave behind in 2019, everyone brought such powerful energy to the luminary. There is much to look forward to in the coming year and because I could not say it any better, I will leave you with this wish for the new year borrowed from author Neil Gaiman,

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them. And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.”

With a wish of bravery & joy,

Carol Schwartz

Be present in all things and thankful for all things

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou

Dear friends, members, supporters, and volunteers,
As we end 2019 and celebrate our winter holidays, it is a perfect time to say thank you for the contributions of time, money, and ideas you have made this year. JRPC would not be what it is without all of your support. We want to show our appreciation by inviting you to come and shop our best sale of the year starting today! Also, be sure to stop by Caras park on New Years Eve anytime between 4 and midnight to add a luminary to our peace sign.

With our love and thanks,

Betsy & Carol

P.S. Please note that we will only be open until 3:00pm on New Years Eve.

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ” Edna St. Vincent Millay

Into the darkness we go dear friends,
I have always found the darkness to have a quiet, sort of calm, energy. That makes Winter Solstice a beautiful opportunity to look within and center myself before diving back into the holiday festivities of the following few weeks. In many cultures around the world, Winter Solstice is a time for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection before the sun is “reborn” and the days get longer. My challenge to you all is to take a moment out of your Saturday to reflect, set goals, examine, and say goodbye to the past year. Embrace the short day and allow for a calm breath before taking on the final days of this decade and the many beyond that.

However you celebrate this season, all of us here a JRPC & the Olive Branch hope that your coming days are full of joy, warmth, and peace.

Carol Schwartz

P.S. There is still time to vote for JRPC! Next time you are by the center be sure to check out the beautiful window display created by our amazing store volunteers & staff. We would appreciate you showing your support for their work by voting for our window in the 2019 “Lights Around the World” Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest!