Tearing Down Walls

“To heal our society, our psyches must heal as well. The military, social, and environmental dangers that threaten us do not come from sources outside the human heart; they are reflections of it, mirroring the fears, greed, and hostilities that separate us from ourselves and each other.” ~Joanna Macy

Dear friends,
I’ve been thinking a lot about walls lately. Truth is I can’t read or listen to anything where the question of a wall doesn’t come up. The wall, of course, is the proposed one to wallsseparate the US from Mexico. Many people would gladly spend billions of our national treasury and add to our debt in order to keep people out and protect a way of life that is shrinking — if it ever really existed. But there are other walls we must contend with — namely the ones we construct in our hearts to dismiss or discount others who don’t fit in our picture of the world. Because we too are afraid. And if Continue reading

Healing the Soul of America

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“Just as there is a so-called art of waging war, there is also an art of waging peace. We need to declare peace now, with as much serious effort and intention as that with which a nation declares war.” – Marianne Williamson

Dear friends,
The quote above comes from the book ” Healing the Soul of America ” by Marianne HealingWilliamson, which Betsy recently recommended to me. It was one of those moments in life that something is given to you at exactly the right moment. Personal tragedy and other instances of life’s unpredictability had severely distracted me from the civic duty that I had been an active participant in for most of my life. I could feel tensions rising around me in family and friend circles, I could see it happening in news headlines and my social media feeds Continue reading

Young Peacemakers

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“…young people are in the forefront of the political process—working, listening, talking, participating…”
Mike Mansfield, 1970.

Dear friends,
In 2001, Fr. Jim Hogan challenged the community to look to young people to find peacemakersexpressions of peace in our world. He believed that our children and young adults could offer us an inspiring perspective. 2018 saw proof all over this country that he was right. Young people raised their voices and took to the streets to speak up about the issues that are important to them, including gun rights, racism and more. This past couple of years, we have witnessed proof that our young Continue reading

A Tree Without Roots

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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture
is like a tree without roots.” ~Marcus Garvey

Dear friends,
Our un-conference last June, “Seeing the Elephant” brought together many differentworkshop folks from our community to participate in conversation, debate and reflection around the question “Does my world look different from yours? One of the most engaging conversations was Dr. Udo Fluck session around “cultural identity” and it has continued to interest many in the months since. At their request, Dr. Udo Fluck and I are teaming up to offer a follow-up event that would have “cultural identity” as its central topic for presentations, Continue reading

One Voice

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“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