We’re excited to give a talk this Sunday at the JRPC about our conservation work in southern Vietnam. 40 years after the American Vietnam war, it is a complicated and fascinating place. And Missoula has many connections with Vietnam to this day, through international courses, professional and student exchanges, and more. Continue reading
As I stood outside the Doubletree with many of you on Tuesday evening with signs that said, “My Missoula Includes Muslims” I was proud to belong to this community. And later as I went in to hear the words of Pastor Hadian denouncing Islam, I knew that our work for peace is more important than ever. One of the members of Act For America bought my ticket in so that I could listen and learn. Continue reading
So many people around the world struggle. –the people of Syria daily are paying an enormous price trying to gain freedom, Haiti was hit this week with tremendous hurricanes and there are many places the media doesn’t go and untold stories we will never hear. It becomes clear that peace — and peacemakers are more needed than ever. Continue reading
JRPC would not have made it all these years without the dedication and support of volunteers. This 30th anniversary Peace Party is no exception. Did you know that it takes about 50-70 volunteers to organize and host the peace party every year! Volunteers help with all aspects of the event, including: getting donations for the Live and Silent Auctions; handling payment for tickets and auction items (requires training several days before); serving food and drink; arranging decorations; set-up and take-down; and cleaning up afterward.
Those who volunteer to help with the Peace Party can get half-off on the cost of the entry fee. This year’s Peace Party fee includes internationally-themed appetizers and dinner from Homestead Organics, wine and beer and a commemorative drinking glass, along with live entertainment, pumpkin decorating for children, opportunities to bid on silent and live auction items, and all the fun and hilarity of celebrating peace with friends and neighbors. Member cost for entry is $30; volunteers who sign up by October 7 qualify for entry at $15. We invite you to come either in gala clothes, or in your favorite peace t-shirt, whichever you prefer!
If you would like to volunteer for the Peace Party, contact our volunteer coordinator Nancy Leifer by October 7 at email@example.com or 406
I’ve always wanted to teach my young kids that their voices have power; that it means something to speak up for what’s right. Recently, I’ve had some shining examples that demonstrate that belief. Continue reading
All around us are examples of situations that can frustrate and disappoint us — if not make us outright angry. Situations of war and violence in the Middle East, the plight of millions of displaced refugees, the problem of race in this country or the critical need to protect our planet from dangerous oil and gas extraction plans. Continue reading