The Light Within Me…

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“No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart.” ~Joyce Rupp

Dear friends,
Today, I will join many other community groups to table on campus for the Student Advocacy Resource Center. They celebrate diversity and support respect and care for all the academic community so that the UM campus can become a place that is free Lightfrom discrimination and unwelcome physical, emotional or social coercion. What a great resource for our campus community. But more importantly a role model and reminder for the rest of us. We all go through rough times and loose our heart and our direction at times. So the question is not why, but rather, how can we be each other’s resource and bring back each other’s light. Peace begins in small ways every day…Betsy Continue reading

A Vision

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” ~Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Dear friends,
Today, there are two important opportunities for you to become part of the JRPC team. After nearly 8 years at the job, Nancy Leifer is retiring from the position of Volunteer NancyLCoordinator for the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. “As volunteer coordinator, I was able to meet and get to know a wonderful diversity of people drawn to JRPC because of their dedication to peace and justice,” Leifer reported. “Serving as JRPC’s volunteer coordinator enriched my life immeasurably through the friendships I made and through the opportunity to work for peace. I highly recommend this position to anyone who enjoys meeting people and helping them understand the mission of JRPC and how they can best volunteer.”

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Refuge in a Changing World: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security

“If we do not change our negative attitudes toward climate change,we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration,refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farmland. This is a recipe for major security problems.” ~Michael Franti

Dear friends,
Heartbreaking images are still emerging from the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where devastating flooding has impacted 2.6 million people. Eighteen months ago, Category 5 Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in PuertoWorld Rico, leaving millions without power for months and causing many to relocate to the U.S. mainland. In November of 2018, 50,000 people were displaced by the massive Camp Fire which leveled the town of Paradise, California. Whether on the other side of the globe or right here in the Western United States, the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters, from droughts to wildfires to hurricanes, are increasing as global temperatures rise and impact human existence and security. It is estimated that one person is forced from their home by disaster every second!

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Necessary, Possible, Impossible

“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi

Dear friends,
The first day of spring…an end and a beginning, the edge of death and rebirth. I don’t springthink any other season holds so much promise and hope for renewal. We clean our houses, buy new clothes, admire the budding new birth around us and refresh our spiritual life. Marveling at the ability of buttercups to push through the snow and shine always reminds me that I too can push through adversity and the world will renew itself. Seeing the tragedies and injustices of our world sometimes makes it hard to believe in renewal and keep hoping. Continue reading

“THE FIRST DUTY OF LOVE IS TO LISTEN.” – PAUL TILLICH

FIR“THE FIRST DUTY OF LOVE IS TO LISTEN.” – PAUL TILLICH

“I showed up at the shelter to do intakes one day…I spent the next three hours with little children screaming for their parents. ~Maite Garcia, a Florence Project attorney
Friends, we have all heard the heart-breaking news of children separated from their parents at our southern border. And I am sure we have all wondered what we can do to reconcile this national crisis. The Florence Project is an answer. In the last 9 months, they have worked with 661 children forcibly separated from their parents — children who Continue reading