Good News, 04.30.10

Friends:

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. From You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, by Howard Zinn

This Sunday we will celebrate our Partnerships with Laurel Galan, Nicaragua and Lwamondo Parish in Venda, South Africa. Delegations over the years have nurtured our friendships and shaped our experiences of the Gospel. Experiencing the Gospel through “3rd World” eyes, ears and hearts deepens the meaning and necessity of God’s grace. Many blessings await you.

“Living in a Liberated World” is an Interfaith Conference happening at Peace on Saturday, May 15 from 10 – 4. A variety of spiritual leaders and artists will address how we can live as Hope-Bearers, Wisdom Gatherers and Earth Stewards in this time. There will be music, drumming, art and Labyrinth Walking (and lunch) also. The cost is $25. Check out the flier on the Kiosk and sign up.

IMG_0953Such a blessed Earth Day Celebration we shared this past Sunday. A reflection on the Cosmos from Bob McNair, Children’s Time, the rainstick, plants on the altar, water poured in the font and on the new plants in our Native Garden as a prayer for the whole earth – made for quite a festive 40th Earth Day Anniversary. We will be hearing and learning more about conversations with the Solar Richmond people in the near future too. Have you heard that people in Bolivia are composing an Earth Rights Charter in the spirit of the UN Declaration on Human Rights created some decades ago? We can keep learning, can’t we! See more photos from Earth Day at Peace!

The Women’s Group will meet at Gun Johnston’s home on Wednesday, May 12 from 10 – Noon. All the women of Peace are invited.

It’s not too late to join the Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus class on Sunday mornings at 9 am. Fruitful and inspiring discussions are happening. Don’t miss out.

In Letters to a Young Poet Rilke says “Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. And most unsayable of all are words of art, which–alongside our transient lives (and grace)–mysteriously endure.” O you who are of Infinite Value, look for the beauty and mystery in everything you live.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

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